When a tooth has a cavity, or you need to replace a worn filling, a natural-looking restoration can be a beautiful choice. White fillings have several advantages over silver mercury fillings. White fillings do not change in size with thermal changes in the mouth as much as the metal fillings do. Therefore, white fillings do not put as much internal stress and fractures in the enamel as metal fillings do. White fillings are bonded to the enamel, hence reinforcing the tooth strength.
Crowns / Inlays / Onlays
After a lot of tooth structure has been lost or damaged, a filling may not be strong enough to support the force of the bite and restore the tooth back in function. You could have the tooth extracted, or you could choose to put a crown or a semi crown (Onlay) on the tooth. If indicated, we usually recommend biocompatible natural looking restorations such as composite, porcelain or monolithic restorations that can be bonded to the tooth structure, hence reinforcing the tooth strength.
Missing teeth could cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw by allowing the adjacent teeth to move into the open space. Besides dental implants, dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. In the process of creating a dental bridge your existing teeth are used as abutments to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges can be made of a variety of materials such as gold, porcelain fused to gold or all ceramic (monolithic) restorations to ensure durability.
Full mouth & Bite reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is the rebuilding of most, or all, of your teeth. This may be necessary to help your teeth function properly and alleviate your pain. You may be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction if you have lost many teeth through decay or trauma; worn teeth through bruxism or have continuous pain in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulders. A Neuromuscular Dentist is able to find the comfortable position of the bite that enables you to chew comfortably without putting unnecessary strain on the muscles and the joints.
A dental implant is an excellent treatment for replacing missing teeth. Implants are small, titanium posts that replace the roots of the missing teeth. Custom-fitted artificial teeth are secured to the implants, which hold the teeth firmly in place. Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth.
Dental implants can be used as a support for replacing a single tooth, or several missing teeth. When missing several teeth, your dentist may discuss the options of implant supported dental bridges or implant supported dentures.
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