What is the best option for Fillings?
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Comparing White Fillings versus Silver Amalgam Fillings:
- White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Broken teeth can be very expensive to replace; white amalgam can actually save time and money in the long run.
- White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel. Composites are naturally more comfortable.
- Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
- Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth, less structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
- White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.
What is a Crown and how is it used?
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.
The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:
- Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
- Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
- Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
- Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
- Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
- After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.
This process generally consists of a minimum of 2-3 visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.
Is there a good alternative to braces for straightening teeth?
We are proud to offer Invisalign®, the invisible way to straighten your teeth! Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign® works hard to straighten your teeth while keeping others from noticing.
How does it work?
Invisalign® uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project the movement of a patients teeth and create a series of customized, clear aligners that gradually move your teeth. Each set of aligners are worn for about two weeks until the goals set by your dentist are reached. Total treatment time usually takes six to 15 months with patients coming in for check-ups every two to six weeks.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
One of the main benefits of Invisalign® is that it is clear so it’s virtually unnoticeable that you are even straightening your teeth. Second, they are removable, allowing you to eat and drink as normal, as well as brush and floss as usual, promoting better oral hygiene. Invisalign® also provides a comfortable form of treatment since there are no wires, metal or brackets that can cause mouth abrasions.
To see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary technology, please contact our office.