Tooth colored fillings, beautiful ceramic crowns, veneers and bridges are examples of Restorative Dentistry.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to stop your smile from saying great things about you. Cosmetic dentistry has many tooth-replacement options that allow you to recapture your youthful appearance and restore the function of your teeth. Dental implants are often the best option because they last indefinitely.
Dental implants provide a look and feel that’s identical to natural teeth. Dental Implants are titanium replacement roots surgically placed in your jaw bone. After healing, the implants are often stronger than natural teeth. These dental implants can then be used to support, Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures.
A bridge allows the replacement of a missing tooth or teeth. To use a bridge to replace a missing tooth, there must be a sound tooth remaining on either side of the space that the missing tooth previously occupied, known as abutment teeth. The abutment teeth must be healthy, with adequate bone structure remaining to support the tooth and the restoration. These teeth may or may not have required root canal treatment or restoration in the past. The procedure for making a bridge is virtually identical to the preparation for an individual crown. We prepare the abutment teeth for crowns and, after taking impressions, bite registrations and doing a temporary restoration, the laboratory creates the final restoration which is cemented to the abutment teeth..
A bridge is a long-lasting, beautiful solution for a missing tooth or teeth.
Crowns provide the strongest restoration for teeth. Teeth that are badly broken or have large worn-out fillings can be restored to their natural appearance and strength with crowns. Using the latest ceramic technology, we can create beautiful results for:
- Spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Unnatural porcelain-to-metal crowns
- Dark lines at the gum line of crowns
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed-out fillings
- Permanently discolored old fillings
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Weak Teeth with very large restorations; i.e. fillings
Dentures are made to be natural looking and esthetically pleasing. Full, partial or implant supported dentures, are a great solution for many people.
A partial denture replaces some, but not all of the teeth in a jaw. In order to be a candidate for a partial denture, there must be a sufficient number of teeth that the denture will attach to and these teeth must have adequate bone support and tooth structure. Partial dentures are a great solution when a patient is maissing multiple teeth.
A complete denture restores the function of a patient who is missing all of the teeth in one or both jaws. A complete denture is a prosthetic device that attempts to replicate the appearance of natural teeth while allowing the patient to chew food and speak as naturally as possible. Dentures are custom-designed to the patient’s facial features and are very cosmetically pleasing. Most patients love their “new” teeth and adapt to them quickly.
Fillings are used to restore portions of a tooth that have been damaged (primarily by tooth decay) to proper form and function. Depending on the situation, either a silver (amalgam) or a tooth-colored (composite) filling may be used. Depending on the location of the decay and the size and placement of any existing fillings, a filling may include one, two, three or more surfaces of your tooth. In the case of a tooth that has a great deal of missing tooth structure, a more extensive treatment [such as a crown] will be required to prevent further future damage to the tooth.
Modern composite fillings provide durable, beautiful restoration of the teeth, matching their function and appearance amazingly well.