Caring and maintaining the health of your mouth is our priority while understanding that patients want natural looking fillings. Dental work should never take away from a person’s smile. The fillings that we place in your teeth are perfectly matched to your natural tooth color so that they blend in. Quite often, many of our patients ask us to replace their old grey amalgam fillings with white fillings for that natural look.
When a tooth becomes too compromised and fragile due to decay, breakage, trauma, or a root canal, it needs to be fully covered by a strong material to restore and strengthen it.
All teeth have nerves inside of them. When this nerve becomes sick due to a large cavity or trauma, it can cause a lot of pain. To alleviate the pain, the bad nerve is removed and an internal filling is put in its place. Root canals relieve pain. If left untreated, the nerve can die and could result in a bone infection or even an abscess. Many times, a tooth may already be dead and there are no pain symptoms, but the nerve still needs to be cleaned out to prevent a future harmful infection.
Sometimes teeth just have to go. It could be because the tooth is too damaged from decay or trauma. Or other times it’s a painful wisdom tooth. Whatever it may be, we’ll make sure that you’re completely comfortable during the process. We’ll also set you up with your options on how to replace the missing tooth – possibly with an implant, bridge, or a partial.
Implants are the closest we can get to “regrowing” a tooth. Implants are made out of titanium and have multiple parts. The first part is designed to function like the root of a tooth, meaning it is placed entirely in the jaw bone. The second part, the top portion, screws into the base and can be designed to be a single tooth, a part of a bridge, or a component of a denture or partial denture. The entire implant process is completed over several months.