Composite Restorations (or Tooth-colored fillings)
As emphasized earlier in the general dentistry section, we only used composite, tooth-colored filling material to do even normal restorations. Any existing mercury amalgam fillings that need to be removed because of decay around the margins will be safely removed with proper technique. Composite restorations help to strengthen the tooth, especially on smaller areas of decay, by bonding the tooth together but do little to strengthen and hold a tooth together that has been severely damaged prior to restoration or has a significant portion missing.
Single Tooth Crown
These are completed to stabilize and support remaining tooth structure to prevent further breakdown of the tooth to occur which would result in the loss of the tooth. On a tooth-by-tooth basis, we evaluate whether a tooth has enough tooth structure to remain stable. If a tooth has a large restoration that comprises the majority of the tooth structure, cracks that are endangering the tooth structure or has had a root canal that removed much of the internal support, then a crown will be completed to improve strength, function and even esthetics in certain cases. Ceramic crowns are used in most cases for an esthetic and more biocompatible result.
Bridge (Fixed Partial Denture)
A bridge is an option used to replace one or more missing teeth. These can be extremely effective as a replacement option and will use crowns on adjacent teeth to support the missing tooth or teeth. The crowns are all connected to span across the space and restore the area to look and function like real teeth. Again, ceramic materials are generally used for a more natural and biocompatible result.
Dental implants have quickly become a standard option for tooth replacement. After our thorough evaluation, we will offer you options for tooth replacement and implants offer the unique benefit of being a single, stand alone tooth just like your original tooth, allowing you to floss and clean your implant normally. Whereas bridges will involve the adjacent teeth, no treatment will be done on any other teeth besides the site where you will have the implant completed.
Implants are metal or ceramic root forms that are placed into the bone simulating the tooth root that ultimately will support the new tooth or teeth. Following our referral, an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist will perform the surgical implant placement to ensure you the best opportunity for success.
After the implant(s) has healed, we finish the restoration with the appropriate crown, bridge, or fixed appliance to appropriately complete restoration of the missing tooth or teeth to near original function and appearance.
Removable Partial Dentures
– If you’re missing 2 or more teeth from either the upper or lower arch in your mouth, then this is another option to conservatively replace and restore the missing teeth to function and esthetics. While these can take a little time to acclimate to, ultimately these can be a viable option for tooth replacement. These can be made with a metal framework or metal free according to the needs of the individual.
Full arch replacement of the teeth when all the teeth in the arch are missing.
These can be stabilize by implants if need be depending on the individual situation as determined by our evaluation and the patient’s needs and desires.
Night (or Occlusal) Guards, Anti-Snoring Appliances or TMJ Treatment devices
These appliances are available according to the individual needs determined in our examination.