Composite Fillings (Cavity Repair)
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Crowns are planned when a tooth or teeth are too badly decayed, broken or cracked to be easily restored with a filling. Crowns are normally needed for teeth that have had root canals. They are also placed on dental implants to replace missing teeth. Crowns can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused to a gold substrate for strength and beauty; however with new technology, crowns can be made entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results.
To restore chipped or cracked teeth, bonding uses composite resins to attach materials to the surface of the tooth. An enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of the tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured and polished, repairing the tooth.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the tooth to its full function.
A root canal is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and need to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. Bridges can be made from three types of material: solid gold for reliable long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and beauty, and high-strength metal-free porcelain for optimum cosmetic results. With proper care, your new bridge will last.