The concept of “filling” is replacing and restoring tooth structure that is removed due to decay or fracture with a material. With today’s technology, you no longer have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Space-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain adhesive materials are used to replace dark, looking amalgam fillings.
White Fillings versus Silver Amalgam fillings:
Because white fillings bond to the tooth, they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original strength. Silver amalgams on the other hand weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Since broken teeth are very expensive to restore, white filling composites can save a lot of money to the patient in the long run.
White filling composites, unlike silver amalgams, restore the natural appearance of the tooth, and enhance your smile tremendously. Our patients prefer them because of the way they look and feel and the fact that they strengthen their teeth.
Teeth restored with composites are less sensitive to hot and cold than those restored with silver/metal amalgams.
Teeth restorations with composites require less removal of tooth, structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities, the size of the hole for the filling can be dramatically smaller with a composite.
Fillings can be done for broken or chipped area of the teeth.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are generally made of porcelain, gold and other metals. Porcelains typically have the most natural appearance although they tend to be less durable than the other materials.
For a patient qualifying for a crown, the treatment plan generally involves:
Numbing the tooth to be crowned. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an easy fit for the crown.
Making an impression of your teeth to send to a dental laboratory where custom-made crowns will be created (usually takes two weeks).
Making a temporary crown out of composite resin and fitting them onto the teeth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crowns are being created.
Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
The dentist makes sure the crown has the proper look and fit and then cements it into place. A minimum of 2 visits over a two week period is what it takes for the treatment to be completed.
Newer technology in our office helps us combine these appointments into one day and finish the procedure in one day. With the Aid of CAD-CAM crowns can be finished in the same appointment.
Again, once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene care including daily brushing and flossing is required to maintain your teeth, gums and crown healthy and free from the bacteria that can cause gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a long time.
A bridge is a Dental Prosthesis that is used to fill a space where a tooth has been removed. A bridge may be necessary where spaces exist in the mouth to prevent:
Multiple shifting of the teeth that can lead to biting (occlusion) problems and/or (TMJ), jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy vibrant smile.
There are three types of bridges namely:
• Fixed bridge- the most popular among the three, consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fits over the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place.
• “Maryland” bridge-commonly used to replace missing front teeth, consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth and the metal bands are hidden with a white colored composite resin.
• Cantilever bridge- a type often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical 3 unit cantilever bridge consists of 2 crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
Veneers are thin, semi-translucent facings or “shells” usually customized from porcelain and bonded permanently to one’s teeth. While not suitable for every patient, veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth including:
• Spaces between the teeth
• Broken or chipped teeth
• Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
We can make changes to the shape, size and color of your teeth using porcelain veneers. These subtle changes can aesthetically enhance your smile dramatically and change your overall social outlook. In most cases, only two visits are needed create your new and improved looks, possibly bypassing orthodontic treatment.
Our teeth naturally darken over time. When we eat certain foods, consume beverages like coffee, tea, and soda or use tobacco, our teeth can get stained. Discoloration can also be the result of childhood medications or illnesses. To restore your naturally looking teeth color and brighten your smile, we provide bleaching and tooth whitening.
One of the most effective whitening products today that we provide is the Opalescence teeth whitening system. It is not only an effective way to whiten your teeth. It is a fast and simple procedure.
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