Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are considered permanent and cover or “cap” your existing tooth. There are many reasons why someone may need a crown. For example, to protect a weak tooth from fracturing, restore a fractured tooth, replace a large filling when traditional methods don’t work, cover a dental implant, etc. Crowns are set using cement, so they are very strong and durable. The shape and color can be customized to provide a perfect aesthetic look.
A dental bridge is used to “bridge” the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. They are created by making two or more crowns for the anchoring teeth, which are located next to the gap. The gap is filled by making a fake tooth or teeth called a pontic. This formation allows the mouth to distribute the forces caused by biting down. Benefits of bridges include preventing teeth from shifting, restoring a smile from missing teeth and enhance the overall function of biting and chewing.
White Fillings are also known as Composite Fillings. They are made by mixing multiple materials to form a composite that is strong and durable. Each layer is individually placed and then cured using a special light. The color of the filling can also be customized to match your existing tooth appearance. This provides a great aesthetic look as no one will be able to notice the filling. In addition, composite fillings can be shaped to match the form of the existing tooth. The last step is to polish the filling to prevent staining. Some patients experience a little sensitivity after the procedure, but this goes away after a few days.
Inlays & Onlays
An inlay is just a fancy word for “filling” and is used to fix cavities. It’s important to note the procedure is very different from a standard composite filling. To complete an inlay, an impression must first be taken so a custom fit can be achieved. The inlay can then be made in the lab using a premium material like porcelain and shaped to create a perfect fit. The last step is to cement the inlay into the cavity, making a seal and promoting a healthy tooth.
Onlays are very similar with one major distinction. The key difference is the onlay also covers the tooth cusp and protects this area of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are routine procedures that can be completed in one dental visit.