A basic restoration or “filling” is the removal of a decayed portion of the tooth and then the tooth is “filled” with either silver amalgam or tooth colored composite resin.
Advantages of silver fillings:
Durability – silver fillings usually outlast composite fillings
Strength – can withstand chewing forces
Expense – is less expensive than composite fillings
Advantages of composites:
Aesthetics – the shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth
Versatility in uses – in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn front teeth
A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth: covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crown, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not a lot of tooth left
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
Dental bridges, bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth.
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Full Denture and Partial Denture
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.