All Porcelain Crowns
Our office offers all-porcelain crowns that create the most natural look available without any metal. Crowns are a type of restoration used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly utilized after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by an untreated cavity, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a beautiful smile.
All Porcelain Bridges
A porcelain bridge is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridgework that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support. Should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft. Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages.
- First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth.
- Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth.
- Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
Fillings are used to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that was caused by decay. Nowadays, most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly.