We can restore missing teeth or parts of the tooth structure that may be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration or fracture of a tooth. Regardless of the current state of your teeth you can have teeth that look great and feel natural. The methods of restoration used include the following:
Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings or silver amalgam.
Crowns are a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, appearance, to hold a bridge in place or cover a dental implant. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Bridges are replacement teeth that are designed to “bridge” a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored on either side by crowns and cemented permanently into place
Implants are replacement tooth roots that consists of a small post that is placed into the bone socket where the tooth is missing. The implant is covered with a replacement tooth called a crown.
Root Canals – A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed and becomes infected. During the root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some of the natural teeth remain and are retained by clasps attached to the natural teeth.
Denture Repairs – Denture repairs are performed “on site” and in most cases are able to be completed the same day.