In the past, dental cavities had been filled with a mixture of metal alloys also known as amalgam. Contemporary fillings are usually “tooth” colored and practically invisible to the untrained eye. For aesthetic purposes, these tooth-colored fillings can be used to replace old and worn dental amalgam, gold or other metal fillings.
Composite fillings, are a mixture of resin, glass or quartz and porcelain ceramics. These materials are resilient and long lasting. While they have visual advantages, over time composite fillings can become discolored. Just like metal fillings, composite fillings can be set and cured in one visit to the dentist.
Tooth-colored fillings are priced similarly to metallic alloys; they tend to be less expensive than precious metals but more costly than common metals.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to replace damaged or missing teeth to restore the appearance of the smile and help protect against further damage and conditions such as gum disease. They can be made from many different materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-resin. Your dentist will help you decide which type of crown is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
Dental crowns are placed during a series of two office visits. This first involves preparing the tooth and creating an impression from which the crown is made. The tooth is also thoroughly cleaned and shaped during this appointment, and a temporary crown is placed. The permanent crown is then placed with cement after a few weeks.
For most patients, dental crowns last for at least seven years, but many can last for decades and provide a strong, reliable tooth replacement with no special care needed. However, it is important for patients to clean their crown like their regular teeth, and to see their dentist on a regular basis for professional care.
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental prosthetic that effectively replaces a missing tooth. Most bridges are positioned between two dental crowns that hold the bridge in place. To ensure a successful repair, the teeth adjacent to the target bridge area are reduced to the proper pattern that will fit the new tooth’s material and shape. This also allows for seamless integration with the teeth directly above or below the replacement during chewing. Precise insertion of the bridge is vital to the proper functioning of the teeth. Careful planning must be followed to ensure the bridge, also known as pontic, will be adequately supported by the crowns on either side.
Using Ante’s Rule to determine ‘the combined roots’ surface area of the abutment (supporting) teeth must be equal to or larger than that of the tooth being replaced’ your doctor may determine that additional abutment teeth may be needed.
Dentures can effectively replace missing or severely damaged teeth throughout the mouth, restoring a patient’s ability to smile, speak and eat without difficulty or worry. Unlike older dentures that were often uncomfortable or slipped while moving the mouth, custom dentures are specifically crafted with each patient’s individual needs in mind.
Dentures are created over the course of several appointments that includes taking impressions of the mouth, production of the prosthesis and placement in the mouth using dental implants, cement or other techniques. Most patients can receive their dentures after a series of three to five appointments, each spaced a few weeks apart.
Custom dentures ensure that your replacement device is designed to precisely fit your individual mouth, for enhanced comfort, appearance and functionality. Even patients who currently wear dentures may benefit from custom dentures for an overall improved experience.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing or diseased teeth in the upper or lower jaw to restore the appearance and function of the teeth, as well as reduce the patient’s risk of gum disease. This type of replacement is often used when one or more healthy natural teeth remain in the area to support the device. Patients will be able to eat, speak and smile without difficulty once dentures are in place.
These devices may be fixed or removable, depending on the preference and oral health of the patient. Regardless of the type, partial dentures are precisely fitted to replace the missing teeth in the individual patient’s mouth for improved comfort and functionality. Placement of partial dentures is done over a series of visits to your dentist spaced several weeks apart.
Partial dentures require the same oral care as regular teeth, including brushing twice a day and receiving regular cleanings to prevent decay and gum disease. Your mouth may change over time, requiring minor adjustments to your dentures that can be easily made by your dentist.