Restore Your Smile
Repair Damaged Teeth
Your teeth can be damaged by decay or breakage. Small cavities, chips or cracks can be filled directly with tooth colored, composite material. Most people today prefer these composite fillings or bonded restorations due to the natural appearance. Many people have amalgam fillings, which contain silver and mercury. The American Dental Association, FDA and World Heath Organization have all determined that amalgam fillings are safe. However, if you wish to replace them, we can discuss the best alternatives for you. Teeth with large fillings, root canal treatment or cracked teeth need more protection. A crown or onlay may be what you need to prevent fracture and loss of the tooth. Crowns and Onlays can be gold or porcelain. Modern porcelains are beautiful and strong and can be used for both front and back teeth. Some people chose gold for less visible molar teeth. Gold is durable and preserves the most remaining natural tooth structure and can be a lifetime restoration.
Replace Missing Teeth
Teeth can be lost due to fracture, periodontal disease, or very extensive decay. It is important to replace missing teeth for your appearance and to prevent shifting of teeth that can damage your remaining teeth and jaw joint. Fortunately, we can replace missing teeth several ways.
Implants are the most exciting modern breakthrough in dentistry. An implant supported tooth or bridge looks and feels natural. Implants stimulate the bone in your jaw to remain healthy and strong. A titanium root substitute is carefully placed in the position of the missing teeth. After the bone creates a solid bond, a porcelain crown is attached to the implant. An implant supported tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.
Implants can also help people who have loose dentures. Several implants are used to anchor and stabilize the denture. You can then chew and speak comfortably and naturally.
We can replace missing teeth by shaping the teeth on both sides of one or two missing teeth. Crowns are made to fit the anchor teeth, which are attached to crowns made to mimic the missing teeth. Bridges are cemented in and are not removed by the patient. A bridge can be an excellent and esthetic restoration.
Dentures and Partials.
If too many teeth are missing and implants are not an option, removable appliances are required. For some patients, these can work well and be natural in appearance. Unfortunately, over time, the pressure on the bone exerted by a full or partial denture will cause resorption, or dissolving, of the bone. This is why we believe strongly in prevention of dental disease: to prevent our patients from needing these appliances.