Dental restorations restore and preserve the function of missing tooth structure and create the lasting, natural look that our patients seek. Restorations may be needed or desired as the result of tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, or tooth discoloration, or old dental work that needs replacement. We will advise you on the least invasive and most effective ways to get the desired outcome, including consideration of aesthetics, cost, and durability of results.
Fillings repair teeth with cavities and replace old, defective fillings. They are also used to repair chipped, broken or discolored teeth and fill in gaps. Composite (white) fillings are now widely used due to their natural appearance and strength.
A crown, also referred to as a cap, is a custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed. Although there are a few types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) crowns are the most popular, since they match the appearance and shape of teeth.
Implant crowns serve the same purpose as standard crowns, and are made specifically to encase dental implants rather than natural teeth.
Dental bridges are fixed (un-removable) appliances that fill the gap created by missing teeth. They are made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Highly durable, porcelain fixed bridges are tooth-colored and therefore look very natural.