Composite fillings (tooth-colored fillings) are a mixture of plastic and glass that can match the shade of the surrounding tooth. Composite is bonded or “glued” to the tooth, which makes the material versatile.
With the advancements in dental materials, composite fillings provide the same longevity as silver fillings with many more benefits. Silver fillings can put excessive force on a tooth by expansion/contraction and can cause cracks and fractured teeth. Composite can be placed very conservatively and are practically invisible.
When the structural integrity of a tooth has been compromised, a crown may be necessary to protect the tooth from any further damage. A crown covers the entire tooth and restores tooth to the desired shape, size and color.
A skilled dentist, such as Dr. Ryan Randol, in conjunction with a dental laboratory can design crowns to very precise specifications. Crowns protect teeth that are otherwise susceptible to fracture. Without a crown, these teeth could fracture and eventually need to be extracted. New technology allows us to provide all porcelain crowns that are extremely durable and look great.
A bridge is a technique to replace missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are prepared for crowns and the lab fabricates the crowns on both sides with a tooth (or teeth) attached in the middle.
Bridges can solve some of the problems caused by missing teeth, which include the movement of adjacent teeth and an unstable occlusion or bite. A bridge cannot be removed by the patient and does not have the unnatural feel of a removable denture.
Sometimes the nerve inside a tooth can be compromised due to tooth decay or trauma. This causes a tooth to become infected and very painful. A root canal procedure involves removing the nerve, sterilizing the root canal and the placement of a filling material. With local anesthesia this can be done without any pain to the patient.
With local anesthesia, a root canal can be done without any pain to the patient. Root canals can save teeth that would otherwise need extraction due to infection and pain.
Removable dentures are used to replace missing teeth when bridges or implants cannot be used. Dentures can replace some of the teeth (partial denture) or replace all of the teeth (complete denture). Advancements in implant technology allows us to make a better fitting denture. Although implants and dentures have come a long way, it will always be our goal to save and repair your original teeth.