Composite (White) Fillings
Composite fillings are bonded to your tooth and match the color of your teeth, making this a very popular material. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth for a composite filling and may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam (silver) filling.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
Amalgam is a mixture of metals that can stand up to heavy chewing and biting. Amalgam fillings are particularly useful for restoring teeth in the back or molar region where the load is the greatest and the silver color filling is less noticeable. This material is generally less expensive, easy to use and very durable.
A crown is a covering that permanently covers the entire tooth surface and restores the tooth to its original size and shape. A crown is recommended when a tooth cannot be restored. Crowns are diagnosed when there are fracture lines or cracks on the tooth, a lot of decay present, severely broken teeth, and tooth that have undergone root canal therapy. The crown is constructed from an impression by a dental laboratory out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal to match the color of your other teeth.
Fixed Partial Denture (Bridge)
Fixed Partial Denture is a restoration to fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. A fixed bridge is permanently cemented into place over specially prepared teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge is fabricated from a dental impression by the lab in all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal matching the color of your existing teeth. While the lab is fabricating your bridge, you will be in a temporary bridge made from acrylic to protect your exposed teeth.
Complete Denture and Removable Partial Denture
Complete dentures and removable partial denture are constructed to replace all or some missing teeth. This removable appliance allows for easy cleaning and recovery of the tissue and bone that support the appliance by giving them an opportunity to rest. Dentures improve chewing ability while providing the visual appearance of having natural teeth.
Endodontic Therapy (Root canal)
Root canal therapy is performed when deep decay or trauma affects the nerve in the center of the tooth causing extreme pain. Root canal therapy is the only way to get out of pain short of pulling the tooth when symptoms of severe, constant pain, swelling or infection coming from a tooth. The procedure involves removing the nerve and blood supply inside the canals of the tooth with small files. The canals are cleaned, shaped, disinfected and filled with a rubber like material to seal the tooth. A crown is recommended after root canal therapy to seal and protect the compromised tooth.
Dental implants are used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or to support a set of dentures. A titanium post is surgically placed in the jaw to act as an anchor for replacement teeth. Titanium is bio-friendly metal commonly used in other body part replacements such as knees and hips. In our office, we refer you to the most qualified periodontist or oral surgeons in our area for implant placement. As bone grows around the implant it forms a secure foundation for a single tooth, several teeth or for a full set of teeth as in a denture. This may take several months before the abutment and replacement teeth can be attached to the implant by your dentist. A single tooth implant mimics a natural tooth the best and has a very high success rate in a good candidate. Your dentist will help you decide whether dental implants are a good option for you.