A filling is placed when you have a cavity in your tooth. There are several different materials that can be used when placing a filling. There are two main types of fillings: amalgam and composite (“tooth-colored”). The dentist will discuss these options with you and make recommendations based on your individual oral health.
A crown is a superstructure placed on a tooth to make it stronger and/or improve its appearance. It can be made of metal, gold, porcelain, or ceramic. A crown may be placed due to the following reasons: fracture, root canal, large filling, decay, esthetics, or as a complete dental implant treatment. The dentist will help to determine which type of crown will be best for your treatment and oral health.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing), this process allows the dentist to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations directly at the point of treatment (chairside) in a single appointment rather than over multiple appointments with labside work in between. We are happy to offer this treatment option to our patients.
Implants are a way to replace missing teeth. They can be used to replace individual missing teeth, or provide an anchor for dentures and partials. The dentist will review your medical and dental health to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. The procedure involves placing a titanium screw in your jaw bone. After the implant has healed, an abutment is placed to hold the denture or a crown.
A denture is a removable appliance that is used when all natural teeth are missing on the top or bottom. It is fabricated to resemble a natural set of teeth. A denture can be fabricated to be used with implants to provide better retention.
A partial denture is a removable appliance used when some natural teeth are missing. It replaces missing teeth, restores chewing function and prevents remaining teeth from moving.
A bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. A bridge involves placing a crown on the teeth adjacent to the space with an artificial tooth connected in the middle. A bridge is permanently cemented in your mouth. Bridges requires very thorough home care and periodontal maintenance to keep the adjacent teeth healthy.
Veneers are a thin covering placed over the front teeth. These coverings are permanently cemented to the tooth. Veneers are one way to improve the appearance of chipped, stained, or unevenly spaced teeth.