Fillings are used to restore teeth that have experienced minor to moderate decay. These days we use esthetically-pleasing materials, such as resin composite, to fill cavities in the visible portion of your smile. In some circumstances, our dentists may recommend an amalgam, or silver filling, for areas that must withstand a strong bite force. Before we place a filling, we will take into account aesthetics, function, and tissue compatibility to select the material most suitable to your situation. Read more about Tooth Filling.
Dental bonding, a process that also involves resin composite, can be used to treat teeth that are chipped, fractured, misshaped, or gapped. our dentists will choose a composite color that matches the color of your tooth most closely. Then, the bonding material will be placed on the tooth and sculpted into the desired shape. Once we have achieved the proper shape, the material is hardened using ultraviolet light. The goal of dental bonding is to improve the aesthetics and structure of your tooth. Read more about Dental Bonding.
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have experienced significant decay or structural damage. During the procedure, our dentists will completely reshape the enamel to accommodate the crown. An impression will be made and sent to the dental laboratory, where they will fabricate your final crown. Most crowns these days can be made using porcelain or zirconia. These materials are durable and offer the very best in aesthetics. Read more about Dental Crowns.
Both inlays and onlays are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original condition. Both are also considered to be a more conservative approach to dental crowns because they do not involve a complete reshaping of the damaged tooth. There is only one major difference between an inlay and onlay: the position of the restoration. An inlay fits within the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay covers the entire occlusal (bite) surface, and extends over one or more of the cusps. Read more about Inlays and Onlays.
When a tooth is missing, our dentists may recommend a dental bridge. A bridge consists of two dental crowns that are linked together by a pontic or false tooth. Filling the space left by a missing tooth is very important. If tooth loss is left untreated, the adjacent teeth will begin to compensate for the space. Eventually, you may develop a misalignment with your teeth and bite. This can lead to complications with chewing, speaking, and cleaning your remaining teeth. Read more about Dental Bridges.
When a patient loses all or most of their teeth, our dentists will recommend dentures. Dentures can restore your ability to chew and bite, prevent a sagging facial appearance, and allow you to smile with confidence. While they will never feel exactly like your natural teeth, today’s dentures are more comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing than ever before. Read more about Dentures.
At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we want to help our patients avoid tooth extractions. Tooth extractions can lead to other complications that jeopardize the future of your oral health. One of the ways we can help you keep your natural teeth is root canal therapy. Despite popular opinion, root canals are relatively painless thanks to advancements in technology and techniques. A root canal is now considered to be a fairly comfortable treatment that only requires one or two appointments. Read more about Root Canal Therapy.
Sometimes an extraction is necessary, even after we try to save a tooth from removal. There are two types of extractions: simple extraction and surgical extraction. During a simple extraction, our dentists will use an elevator to loosen the tooth from the socket, by gently rocking it back and forth. A simple extraction is considered a minor procedure that only requires the use of local anesthetic. During a surgical extraction, our dentists will make a small incision in the gum tissue to remove a tooth that has broken off at the gumline, or not yet erupted. Read more about Tooth Extraction.
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