When a tooth becomes cracked, chipped, or worn down, or suffers from issues with the shape or color, then a restoration may be the answer. Bu when should we place a crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer for our Liberty, MO, patients? In today’s blog, we’re looking at when you should see your dentist for a restoration.

Cracks and Chips

If you chip a tooth, or break one, let us know. Damage to the outer enamel means that harmful bacteria has the opportunity to reach the inner layers of dentin, which are much more sensitive and surround the inner layers of pulp. A cavity them forms, with the risk of infection if the cavity isn’t treated in a timely manner. If you crack a tooth, again treatment is crucial as even a thin fracture could lead to tooth decay. If you sustain an injury but no damage is visible, consider scheduling a checkup anyway, as many dental fractures are practically invisible to the naked eye. For broke teeth, we may repair them with a custom-made dental crown or possibly a veneer, both being made from lifelike porcelain and offering a strong restoration that can absorb serious bite forces.

Pain in Your Teeth

Do you often experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or do you have a toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours? If so, this could mean you possibly have a cavity or infection. If you have a cavity, we may treat the issue in one visit with a dental filling. For more serious cases of tooth decay, we may recommend an inlay or onlay. Also known as partial crowns, these address issues that require more than fillings or bonding, but not necessarily a full dental crown. We also offer crowns to restore infection or advanced tooth decay.

Cosmetic Concerns

What if you have permanent teeth stains, the type of discoloration that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening? Or what if you have a misshapen tooth or gaps between your teeth? If so, then we may use a restoration to address cosmetic concerns. Veneers reshape teeth, covering the front and sides and instantly changing the color and shape. We also have crowns, which cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. Both can be used to address a variety of cosmetic concerns and improve the appearance of your smile. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.


At Bailey Dental Care, we want to help you enjoy a healthy and functional smile, which means repairing damage. To learn more about our approach to restorative dental care, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Liberty, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.