A crown (or cap) is a covering that protects the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original size and shape. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has had a root canal
- Cosmetic improvement
Dentures and Partial Dentures
A denture is removable prothesis for replacement of missing teeth. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth. There are two types of dentures, complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when there are some remaining teeth. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting. Dentures and partial dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years if properly cared for.
Reasons for Dentures:
- Complete denture, loss of all teeth
- Partial denture, loss of some teeth
- Improve chewing and speech
Composite and Amalgam Fillings
A composite filling (white filling) is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite fillings.
An amalgam filling (silver filling) is a commonly used dental restorative material. Amalgam has been the restorative method of choice for many years due to its low cost, ease of application, strength, and durability.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.