Dental fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth or teeth. Structural damage can occur as a result of tooth decay, wear or trauma. After the removal of a problematic tooth structure, the tooth is restored with one of several filling materials: gold, composite resin (tooth-colored filling material) or porcelain. Each filling material has its advantages and disadvantages. We will work with you to determine which material is appropriate for you.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns can repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Dental crowns can be made of gold metals, silver metals, porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal. In some cases, conservative dental veneers may replace the need for a dental crown.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth with artificial replacements (pontic). The pontic is held in place by composite materials that are anchored to surrounding teeth.
Bonding is the term used to describe the process of using composite resins to "glue" materials to the surface of a tooth for restorative purposes. Chipped or cracked teeth are typically repaired through bonding. An enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of a tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured and polished, making the crack or chip invisible.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy removes infected pulp tissue within the root chamber of the tooth. The hollowed-out tooth is filled with an antibacterial filling, and the tooth is "capped" with a crown for protection.
Oral Surgical Procedures
The oral surgical procedures we perform are the less invasive treatment of abnormalities of the mouth, including accompanying structures such as the teeth.
Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment
Early gum disease treatment may include tooth scaling and cleaning at three-month intervals, along with use of a medicated mouthwash and proper flossing. Later-stage gum disease treatment may include deep scaling/root planing or periodontal surgery.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures are used to replace missing or damaged teeth that cannot be otherwise repaired.