Jim Erpenbach DDS

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What is the Difference between Direct and Indirect Tooth Restoration

When you have a tooth which is broken, decayed, chipped, or cracked, dental treatment is available to bring your smile back to full function. Unhealthy teeth hinder your ability to speak and eat and may even lower your quality of life. Varying types of dental restorations recommended by your Knoxville, TN dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, are contingent...

When you have a tooth which is broken, decayed, chipped, or cracked, dental treatment is available to bring your smile back to full function. Unhealthy teeth hinder your ability to speak and eat and may even lower your quality of life. Varying types of dental restorations recommended by your Knoxville, TN dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, are contingent on your specific dental needs. Two terms you may hear in a situation of a damaged grin are direct tooth restoration and indirect tooth restoration.

Direct Restorations

A simple case of tooth decay will generally allow a direct tooth restoration. What does this mean exactly? Basically, your cavity will be cleaned of all germs, prepared for the procedure, and filled with a biocompatible material (usually composite resin, which is tooth colored). Direct basically means that your entire procedure is completed from start to finish in a single office visit. The best way to ensure that a direct tooth restoration is all you ever need is to visit Dr. Erpenbach regularly. Our dental team uses an approach that is conservative with the goal of keeping your appointments to simple cleanings and exams as much as possible.

Indirect Restorations

Sometimes tooth decay or damage could require more than just a filling. In order to regain strength and function, dental crowns, onlays, and inlays qualify as indirect restorations. Crowns cover over an entire chewing surface of a tooth, all the way down to the gumline. Inlays consist of tooth-colored material which is placed within the cusps of an infected tooth. Onlays cover the outer tip of one or more cusps, and may also include some of the chewing surface. The reason crowns, onlays, and inlays are considered “indirect” is that they usually require multiple appointments in order for the restoration fabrication from an outside ceramist’s lab to be completed.

Dental Restorations from Knoxville, TN Dentist

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our 37919 dentist office, you can call (865) 240-2035. Your biomimetic family dentist in Knoxville welcomes patients from Knoxville and the greater metropolitan area.

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