Composite restoration (tooth-colored filling)
Composite restoration (tooth-colored filling)- When a tooth has a defect due to a chip or a cavity, the tooth can usually be repaired with a composite filling. A composite filling is a material that blends with the natural color of your teeth and can be undetectable to others except your dentist or hygienist. Composite restorations (sometimes called “bondings”) can replace dark silver fillings and can be a simple way to brighten your smile.
Sometimes a tooth has a large defect that cannot be fixed with a smaller composite filling. In these cases, it becomes necessary to crown the tooth in order to re-build it. A crown acts as a protective casing for the tooth, and can extend the life of a tooth that would otherwise continue breaking or deteriorating. Porcelain crowns are strong, beautiful, and blend in nicely with your natural teeth.
A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth when the missing tooth has strong and healthy neighboring teeth. The neighboring teeth are used to support a pontic (replacement tooth) that looks and functions much like a natural tooth. It is an alternative to a dental implant in many cases.
A denture is an option for tooth replacement when all the teeth are missing. Dentures can be made to look very lifelike and can give your face and lips support. A well-made denture can enhance your natural smile and can allow you to eat and speak confidently and comfortably. Implants can be used in combination with a denture to provide more stability to the denture.
A partial denture is used when several teeth are missing and the remaining teeth are in good condition. A partial denture uses the natural teeth in the mouth as support. Partial dentures can be made metal-free and blend in very well with the natural teeth. Often, they are undetectable to anyone but you.
A root canal sometimes is necessary when a tooth has an infection or when the nerve inside the tooth has died. By removing the nerve that is inside the tooth and cleaning the root canal space, pain is eliminated. Filling the root canal space reduces the risk of the tooth becoming infected in the future.
When a tooth becomes badly broken or there is a severe infection, the best option may be to remove the tooth. After the tooth is extracted, we can replace that missing tooth with either an implant or bridge. If you know you will be replacing the tooth with an implant, it is a good idea to have us place a bone graft at the time of the extraction in order to preserve and prepare the space for an implant and prevent it from “caving in” as you heal.
An implant is a great option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants look and feel very much like natural teeth. There is no need to alter the neighboring teeth, because the implant replaces only the root of your missing tooth. Once the implant has integrated, a porcelain crown is custom made for it so that it looks and functions like a natural tooth.