Porcelain, All Ceramic and Gold Crowns
When the tooth has been severely attacked by decay, a crown or cap may be needed to restore the tooth to its healthy form and function. Not all crowns are the same. Different materials are used to satisfy the esthetic desires of the patient and structural needs of the teeth. One material does not fit every situation.
All ceramic crowns are used where the highest degree of esthetics are required. With the recent advancements in porcelain and ceramic biomaterials, they can be used in most areas of the mouth.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to conceal dental imperfections such as chips, cracks, misshapen or crooked teeth and discolorations. They can also be used to fill gaps, lighten the color of your teeth and create symmetry in your smile.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings include Composite Resin restorations, and Porcelain Inlays and Onlays. These materials are used to restore the tooth to its normal healthy color, form and function after they have been affected by early to moderate decay or trauma.
When a tooth or teeth are missing we use one or more good teeth on either side of the space to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are prepared (ground) and the bridge is made to fit over those prepared teeth to hold a false tooth in the missing space.
These bridges are usually made of a metal frame substructure and covered with tooth-colored porcelain to match your teeth. Recent advances in technology have allowed dentists to make bridges with all ceramic materials in certain instances.
Maryland/Resin Bonded Bridges
The Maryland Bridge or also called Resin Bonded Bridge is a conservative alternative to the conventional bridge. There is less tooth structure removed for these bridges, and the front part of your teeth is usually preserved. These are good in low stress bearing areas and are often used in young patients who are still growing that have congenitally missing teeth or missing teeth due to accidental trauma.
Removable partial dentures are economical options for replacing multiple missing teeth. We try to save our patient’s teeth whenever possible since removable devices are not the preferred way to restore teeth for most patients.
Full or complete dentures may be used when all the teeth in a jaw are missing. Full dentures can give “instant esthetics” when all the teeth are missing or are unrestorable. When all the lower teeth are missing, a full denture that is retained by two implants, called an overdenture, gives a greatly improved patient satisfaction and stability.
This can be done as an office procedure or at home using bleaching trays and the supplied bleaching gels and custom made bleaching trays. The in-office treatments involve applying a peroxide-based gel to the surface of the teeth, and a high intensity light is used to photo activate the compounds in the gel to bleach the teeth. The in-office procedure takes about an hour, leaving you with noticeably whiter teeth.