Fillings are used to repair a tooth that has been affected by decay, cracks, or a fracture. The affected portion of the tooth is removed and then replaced with a filling material. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss which material is the best option for restoring your teeth.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are relatively simple solutions for missing teeth. Made from zirconium or traditional restorative materials, these durable artificial teeth fill in gaps caused by tooth loss or decay. Crowns are aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking shells that cover and protect damaged teeth, restoring their original shape and function. Dental bridges attach to crowns, implants, or natural teeth to hold one or more false teeth in place. At our office, a mold of the mouth is taken to ensure a good fit. The crown is then created from the mold in a laboratory, and the patient wears a temporary crown for about a week until the permanent version is ready. Once the crown or bridge is in place, it can last for years.
Inlays and Onlays
Made of laboratory-crafted porcelain, gold, or resin, inlays and onlays provide an alternative to fillings and crowns when cavities affect otherwise healthy teeth. Inlays are used only to fill the cavity, while onlays cover more of the surface to reshape the top of the tooth as well. Both methods help to eliminate decay and strengthen the remaining tooth structure. During the initial visit, our dentist takes an impression of the tooth and slightly reshapes it to prepare it for the inlay or onlay. The restorative device is then custom-tailored in a laboratory based on the size and shape of the cavity. Patients will wear a temporary filling until their second visit, when the inlay or onlay will be placed. After a short recovery period, patients can expect durable, aesthetically pleasing results.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed. The resulting space is filled with special sterilized dental materials which allow the tooth to continue to function inside your mouth. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and need to be removed.
Crafted to match your smile and personality, modern dentures are a natural-looking, non surgical replacement for one or more missing teeth. Made of ceramic replacement teeth, full and partial dentures can be an excellent option for patients seeking a noninvasive way to deal with tooth loss. A bridge firmly connected to the surrounding natural tooth structure holds dentures in place for a secure, comfortable fit.
Dental implants are one of the most secure and comfortable tooth replacement options available. Implants permanently anchor artificial crowns, bridges, or dentures to the jawbone. The structure of an implant consists of three parts: the titanium rod (the implant itself), a metal ball attached to the top of the rod, and a rubber O-ring that fits around the ball. During the procedure, the implant is placed securely into the jawbone as a base for the metal ball, which rests on the gums. The denture or crown then fits onto the ball in ball-and-socket fashion. Meanwhile, the O-ring acts as a cushion between the ball and the denture, ensuring the comfort and flexibility of the entire structure. Placement of the implant takes about one or two hours, and the gums are allowed to heal before the crown or denture is attached. Once the implant is in place, patients enjoy improved confidence while eating, speaking, and laughing, as well as healthier gums and dental bone. At Toni Ambus DDS, we restore dental implants and refer patients to highly skilled surgeons for implant placement.