Most of us have had amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations. Some amalgam fillings were what we have called mercury fillings, as some amalgam fillings contained mercury. Metal fillings were effective, but very visible and tended to blacken in color over time.
Composite dental fillings were created as an alternative to metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings, are made of a hard dental resin. Composite Resin Dental Fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile.
As we age, many of us find ourselves with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel are all things that can lead to large scale defects in a tooth’s surface. When a large surface of the tooth is a problem, but the root system is intact, a crown might be just what the tooth needs.
Grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking or breakage of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth and add strength, durability and tooth longevity.
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session.
The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate can create a beautiful smile when performed by River Hills Dentistry, with no discomfort to you. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth.
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures. Be sure to ask Dr. Reid about your options.
Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last many years.
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. The implant is an anchor for a naturally appearing false tooth or a set of false teeth. The success rate of dental implants depends on where the implants are placed and their purpose. Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. It is important that you have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth for the implants to be attached to. Implants are not only used to replace one tooth, but rather people missing most, if not all, of their teeth benefit greatly as well. Implants are increasingly being used to replace certain types of bridges and removable partial dentures.
Veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are banded over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. It is important to ask River Hills Dentistry how much tooth will be removed. In some cases more tooth will need to be removed, which may increase the risk of trauma to the tooth. Veneers are created from an impression taken in our office. Your custom veneer is then placed directly onto your tooth. Veneers won’t stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually when it can not be restored or “fixed.” Be sure and discuss options with the team at River Hills Dentistry, P.A.