A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by bacteria, fracture, abrasion, or erosion. These areas need to be restored to prevent further complications and potential tooth loss. Our office offers options of filling materials including dental amalgam (metal), composite resin (tooth colored), and glass-ionomer (white).
Dental crowns protect teeth that have suffered damage to extensive decay or fracture. They can also be used to replace large fillings in teeth that do not have enough structure remaining to support a new filling. Crowns can be used to cover, protect, and seal teeth that have been treated by a root canal. Our office offers the options of metal, porcelain/ceramic, and porcelain fused to metal crowns.
Bridges can be made using the same materials as crowns (metal, porcelain, and a combination of these materials) and are used to replace gaps caused by missing teeth. They are permanently cemented and cannot be removed once they are in place. They are a very natural looking option of replacing missing teeth.
Veneers are thin shells, usually made of porcelain or resin, that fit right over your natural teeth. These shells are bonded into place, giving you a beautiful, bright, even smile. Gaps, chips, discoloration, misshapen teeth, and other dental issues can be improved by the placement of veneers.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. This "root" is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. It can be either permanently attached as a single tooth or as a removable denture that can be made to snap onto some implants.