Natural Looking Fillings
Fillings are used to fill-in and treat cavities. Natural-looking, metal-free, fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a safe alternative to metal fillings.
Natural-looking fillings consist of white dental bonding, and dentists can match the composite material to your natural tooth color, so the fillings will be smooth and virtually unnoticeable. Natural-looking fillings are bonded directly to your tooth. These composite fillings can make your teeth stronger, and because they do not conduct heat and cold as easily as metal fillings, your teeth should be less sensitive. They can provide a solid chewing surface for your back teeth, and a smooth, healthy finish to any of your front teeth.
If you suspect you may have a cavity, i.e. you have constant tooth pain, aching, sensitivity to hot and cold, don’t delay in having it looked at and treated. If left untreated, cavities can not only cause severe pain, but can also lead to infections, tooth loss, gum disease and tooth and bone loss.
If I currently have metal fillings, can I have them replaced?
If you have metal fillings, you can have them replaced with natural-looking, white, composite fillings.
Am I a good candidate for Natural-looking fillings?
If you have a cavity, or would like a metal filling replaced, then yes, you may qualify for a metal-free one, although some dentists do not offer this choice. However, if there is extensive decay in your tooth, you may need a crown, in which case, you would not be a candidate for any type of filling.
Restorative dentistry refers to the study, treatment, diagnosis, and integrated management of your teeth, the structures that support them, and the ability to treat any dentitions, so they can be functional and aesthetically acceptable again. Put simply, restorative dentistry is the restoration, or, repair of teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. Once your dentist has given you an initial evaluation and has reviewed your medical history, he or she will be able to set up a proper diagnosis and with full treatment options.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening is one of the most common forms of cosmetic dental treatments . People are always looking to achieve a whiter smile, and at the moment, there are several different options to choose from. The most common form of in-office whitening is a “chairside” tooth whitening system, which uses a prescription-strength gel, applied to your teeth, under the supervision of a licensed dentist. This treatment consists of three, fifteen-minute long sessions, and may vary , depending on your own individual needs. Generally, after just one hour, you can expect your teeth to be several shades whiter.
How do I know I am going to get the whitening results that I want, and what happens if I don’t?
No two mouths are the same, and that rings true for teeth, also! Not all teeth whiten at the same speed, which means your teeth may not be as white as you would like after one hour of treatment. Take-home whitening treatments are usually offered, allowing you to continue the process in the convenience of your own home, in order for you to get the results you desire. If a patient’s case requires it, an additional in-office treatment can be fulfilled.
A Dental Crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth that has a healthy root, but externally, is too decayed to support a filling. There may be decay present, a crack in the tooth, or too much of the structure broken off to support any type of filling. This decay could come from poor dental hygiene, or, an accident that caused structural damage to one or more teeth. A dental crown can cover a damaged tooth, making it fully functional.
There are many different types of crowns : porcelain, zirconium, gold, and porcelain-fused-to-gold, are the most popular options.
Porcelain crowns are the most natural looking, are durable, and provide a hard chewing surface. However, they are not as strong as gold.
Gold crowns are extremely durable, however, they may not provide you with the best “look,” since it can be obvious that it is not your real tooth. Therefore, gold crowns are typically used towards the back of the mouth where they cannot be easily seen.
Porcelain fused crowns look just like porcelain crowns, however they are more durable because of their metal lining. These crowns are strong, but as the years pass, and gums begin to recede, the metal lining may begin to show as a dark strip along the gum line.
Of the different types of crowns, which one of best?
This depends on where the crown is being placed. If the tooth is in the front, or fairly visible when you smile, it is best to get porcelain, for aesthetic reasons.
If the crown is going on a back tooth, and cost is a heavy factor, a gold crown would be the best choice, because of its durability over time.
If the crown is likely to be placed on the back of a tooth, a porcelain fused crown is also an option. It has the durability of the gold, but is much less noticeable.
East Oak Dental Services
Cosmetic dentistry is a large branch of dentistry that deals with elective procedures intended to improve the overall aesthetics of your mouth, teeth, and smile. While many of the procedures that could fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry are covered by most insurance plans, (natural-colored fillings, bonding, crowns, etc). many of the procedures may not be, and ultimately coverage is determined by your insurance plan.
Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, bonding, dental implants, veneers, crowns, fillings, bridges, Invisalign (clear braces – no wires!), and “instant” orthodontics.
It is important to note not all dentists who perform procedures that fall under cosmetic dentistry, are specially-trained cosmetic dentists. Many procedures fall under different categories of dentistry, and many doctors elect to offer certain treatments over others.