Dental fillings are used to replace tooth structure that is missing due to decay, cavities or fractures. The cavity is removed and the hole in the tooth is filled with a silver (amalgam) or tooth colored (resin or glass ionomer) filling. Dental fillings can also be used if a small piece of the tooth is broken or fractured. If a large piece of the tooth is broken or fractured a crown is often recommended. There are pros and cons to both types of dental fillings. All in the Family Dental will help you decide if a silver filling or tooth colored filling is the best material for your tooth.
Crowns are commonly referred to as “caps.” Crowns or caps are permanently cemented onto a tooth. Crowns are most often used when teeth are cracked, broken, decayed and worn. A crown returns structure, strength and function to a tooth. It fits tightly around the tooth and protects the tooth from further damage and functions like a natural healthy tooth.
Crowns can be all metal, a combination of porcelain and metal or all- porcelain/all-ceramic crowns. All porcelain and all ceramic crowns are often the most esthetic choices. Crowns are custom matched to the shade of each patient’s teeth. All in the Family Dental will help each patient choose the right material for his/her crown.
Crowns usually take just a couple short appointments. Crowns are cemented permanently to the tooth and after it is placed it can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will protect the crown and prevent bacterial growth. All in the Family dental will check the crown structure and integrity at your regular 6 month cleanings and checking ups.
A dental bridge is type of restoration that can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth. The bridge process is similar to that of a crown. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for a crown or a “cap”. Then an impression is taken and the lab constructs the bridge. The two crowns are attached by a pontic in the middle that replaces the missing tooth. The bridge is cemented in permanently and is not meant to come in and out. A bridge can be made of metal or ceramics or both. They can be gold/metal colored or tooth colored. A bridge can help restore your bite and keep teeth in their natural place.
Dental implants are used to replace a single missing tooth or several teeth. Implants can also be used to support a partial denture or a full set of dentures. Implants are posts that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw. The implants osseointegrate or fuse with the bone and then act as a stable anchor for replacement teeth. The implant process is a coordinated effort between an oral surgeon or periodontist and the restorative dentist. All in the Family Dental refers our patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for evaluation of implant placement. If the patient is a candidate, the oral surgeon or periodontist will surgically place the implant. After the appropriate healing is completed, we will place a crown/tooth on top of the implant. Implants are most comparable to our natural teeth. They function very similarly to our real teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures replace missing teeth. They can replace a single missing tooth but often times they are used to replace several missing teeth. As the name describes they can be taken in and out of the mouth. They can be made for missing upper teeth, lower teeth or both. They are often made of metal structure and a plastic base which matches the color of your gums. Teeth are attached to the resin base to replace the missing teeth in your mouth. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with clasps. Removable partial denture are removed every day so the patient can clean them and clean the natural teeth in their mouth. Removable partial dentures require several appointments and often require adjustments as the patient adapts.
Dentures are used to replace a full set of missing teeth. They are made of plastic acrylic base that is custom fit to each patients gums. Acrylic teeth are placed on the top of the acrylic base. Dentures help patients speak and eat properly and help support facial muscles. Denture fabrication takes several appointments to make sure each patient has custom dentures that fit properly. Dentures often require adjustments as the patient adapts.