When your dentist treats a cavity, she removes the decay from your affected tooth and fills in the area where the decay was with a tooth-colored material. Many types of restorative materials can include mercury or BPA, which may be harmful to your health. In our office, we only use mercury-free and BPA-free filling materials.
Inlays / Onlays
An inlay/onlay is an indirect porcelain restoration that is recommended when a cavity is too big to restore with a small filling but is not big enough for a crown. The restoration is made in a dental lab and cemented at a second appointment, similar to the process of a traditional crown.
If your tooth requires a filling that is too large for the tooth to support, or if your tooth is too worn or misshapen, it may be time for a crown. Crowns are made of porcelain and mimic the appearance of your natural tooth. We take digital and traditional impressions of your tooth, and a dental lab fabricates the crown. Crowns are hollow inside, allowing us to “cap” your original tooth and restore its original esthetics and function.
A veneer is a thin porcelain covering that is placed on the front (visible) part of the tooth. If done correctly (and with the right dental lab), they should look like natural teeth. Veneers are a great option to help treat a range of dental issues such as teeth with large spacing issues, staining that can’t be bleached, chipped or worn teeth.
A dental bridge can fill a gap with one or more artificial teeth. There are different types of bridges depending on how they are ‘anchored’ into the mouth. They are either cemented into place on natural teeth or dental implants. Each type of dental bridge has its pros and cons, ultimately a prosthodontist can help recommend which type of restoration would best suit you based on your medical and dental history.
Traditional Bridge: Two teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared in a similar way to a dental crown. These become the anchors for the bridge and hold the artificial porcelain teeth in place. This is permanently cemented in place and cannot be removed by the patient.
Cantilever Bridge: A non-traditional dental bridge which only uses a single anchor tooth. They are not used as frequently and can only be placed towards the front of the mouth in certain situations since placing in the back of the mouth puts too much strain on the anchor tooth.
Maryland Bridge: A Maryland bridge is similar in structure to a traditional dental bridge, but instead of using dental crowns as anchors, it utilizes either a metal or porcelain ‘wing’ that is then bonded to the adjacent teeth. Maryland Bridges are a great way to restore missing front teeth (typically patients that were born with missing laterals).
Implant-Supported Bridge: Implant-supported bridges are similar in structure to a traditional bridge; however, instead of being anchored to teeth, the bridge is held in place with dental implants. Implant-supported bridges can span as little as 3 teeth to the entire jaw.
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