Restorative treatments are utilized to replace old fillings, broken teeth or missing teeth. In each situation we evaluate the patient's condition based on a thorough examination and utilizing other diagnostic tools such as x-rays, digital photographs, and possibly diagnostic models. A treatment recommendation is then made for the strongest, longest lasting restoration available for the particular condition.
Crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to onnect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-limke appendages. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material, metal or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics. Some metal-free crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strenghth and wear-resistance.
Tooth colored filling are an alternative to traditional metal fillings.
Silver fillings are no longer utilized, they characteristically darken over time, and have tendency to cause damage to a tooth in the long run. Silver fillings often undergo metal fatigue, corroding and leaking over time.
When restoring a tooth with a resin or tooth colored filling we can be conservative with the amount of tooth structure removed since the filling material is bonded to the tooth. Also since white fillings are bonded to your tooth they actually add strength to the tooth.
Resin is an attractive, natural looking option for restoring decayed teeth.
Inlays and onlays are frequently used to restore teeth that are severely damaged by decay or wear. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaced of the back teeth. They provide more strength than a filling and are more conservative than a full crown.
Porcelain onlays prevent decay and wear while providing a more beautiful appearance.
Dental Implants offer a natural looking, comfortable, permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. Implants can be utilized to replace a single missing tooth, support bridge a or secure a denture.
Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called "osteointegration", the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability. A lifelike ceramic restoration is then placed over the implant in order to perform the same or better then a natural tooth. Implants provide a highly stable support system for the replacement tooth or denture. Because dental implants function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence once they realize they can again chew, talk, laugh and smile with confidence. A single implant can be made when adjacent teeth are healthy and in place.
Crowns and Bridges
Tooth Colored Fillings
Inlays and Onlays