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
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.
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