Composite fillings are used to repair teeth that are affected by fractures, cracks or tooth decay. They are usually completed in one appointment. This involves removing the decayed or affected portion of the tooth, thoroughly cleaning and preparing the affected area, then filling it with a composite filling. The material used for fillings is very durable and lasts for many years.
There are different types of filling materials that can be used, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You may consult with your dentist about the best option for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are tooth colored and they can be matched to the color of your existing teeth. They are aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of your mouth. Today, composite fillings are the most commonly used filling type.
Common reasons for composite fillings:
- Filling space between teeth
- Repairing cracked, broken, or chipped teeth
- Repairing decayed or worn teeth
Sensitivity to hot and cold is common when composite fillings are first placed. This will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Care instructions are provided at the conclusion of your treatment. Maintaining proper oral hygiene, attending regular dental visits, and exercising proper eating habits will extend the life of your new fillings.
Crowns are coverings that encase the entire tooth surface. There are several types of crowns, but porcelain crowns are tooth colored and are the most popular. Crowns protect tooth structures that are unable to be repaired with fillings or other restoration types. Porcelain crowns will give you a smile that is natural looking and beautiful, as they are made to match the size, shape, and color of your teeth.
Common reasons for crown implementation:
- The tooth has had a root canal
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Cracked or decayed teeth
- Having fillings that are too large or fractured
A crown procedure typically requires two appointments. The first appointment will include taking a series of precise impressions which will be used as the mold for creating both the permanent and the temporary crown, which is attached during the first appointment after the tooth surface is shaped and decay is removed. It typically takes one to two weeks for the permanent crown to be fabricated by the dental laboratory. During the second appointment the temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be sanitized. The new crown is then carefully attached to the tooth, ensuring that your bite and tooth spacing is accurate and natural.
You will be provided with crown care instructions and we will recommend regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Dental Implants provide a permanent replacement for one or multiple missing teeth. a surgeon will place the implant in your jawbone. Then after time for healing, an abutment (post) can be attached to the implant. This abutment can then have a crown placed on it to assume the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
Implant and crown care instructions will be provided after placement and we recommend maintaining regular checkups to insure optimal health of the restoration.
A Dental Bridge is a fixed permanent solution for filling the gap left by missing teeth.
There are many types of bridges. You may consult with your dentist about the best bridge solution for your particular situation. Traditional bridges are comprised of porcelain teeth that are fused to metal. This traditional type of bridge consists of two crowns that attach to abutment teeth (your existing teeth, which will act as anchors) which have artificial teeth, or pontics, attached to them. The pontics fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are very durable and will last for many years. They may need to be re-cemented or replaced or due to typical wear.
By filling the space caused by missing teeth, bridges will help you to regain the ability to chew and speak properly, prevent remaining teeth from shifting, and restore your facial shape and smile.
Once the bridge placement is complete, you will receive care instructions for the bridge. Maintaining good hygiene by brushing and flossing will improve the life of your permanent dental bridge.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is necessary when a tooth’s nerve is affected by decay or infection. This can be the result of tooth decay that has progressed to the pulp, an infection that has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip, or injury or trauma to the tooth. To save the tooth, pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and decay are removed from within the tooth. The resulting space is then filled with medicated [dental material], restoring the tooth to full functionality.
Root canal therapy is the preferred treatment for a tooth that has been compromised because the tooth would otherwise die and require complete extraction. Tooth extraction may seem like a simple solution for a problem tooth but this will ultimately create complications for adjacent teeth. Following root canal treatment the tooth usually lasts a lifetime. In some cases, a tooth may have to be re-treated if new infections occur.
Symptoms indicating possible need for root canal therapy:
- Presence of an abscess on the gums
- Severe tooth pain and/or sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swelling and/or tenderness
After treatment is finished we will provide you with proper care instructions and your tooth may still be sensitive. This will decrease as the tooth heals and inflammation diminishes. Most root canal treated teeth require coverage with a crown to protect them long term. Practicing proper oral hygiene and continuing with regular dental checkups will help to ensure a long lifespan of your root canal treatment.