Our office provides many diverse procedures and preventative services that will restore our patient’s smiles. We will work with you to achieve the best possible results.
There are many types of cracked teeth. The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location and severity of the crack. Unlike a broken bone, a fracture on a tooth will never heal. This is why regular dental visits are important for detecting early diagnoses. We help treat your tooth by addressing fractures to prevent its loss.
Crowns allow for an unattractive tooth to regain its beautiful shape and color. For smaller or worn-down teeth, a crown can restore the natural size of the old tooth. These aesthetics can replace part of the tooth’s entire crown, depending on your desired look.
Also known as a “cap” or “jacket”, a crown will restore a large filling or cracked tooth to its original size, shape and color. With today’s advanced technologies, we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns without metal. Used to strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure, crowns also improve the appearance of your teeth, leaving you with a healthy and beautiful smile in just a couple of visits or less.
- Reduce the size your original tooth.
- Make an impression of the tooth.
- Place a temporary crown.
- Replace your ceramic crown.
Lava™ Crowns by 3M
As we always provide you with the best in dental technology, we use the new Lava™ Crowns by 3M whenever possible for restoration work. These crowns deliver the strength you’ve been looking for in an esthetic, all-ceramic restoration. The Lava™ system combines CAD/CAM technology with a translucent zirconia framework that can be custom-colored to create a restoration strong enough for long-span bridges. Lava™ provides precise fits and esthetics that our patients expect.
Lava™ Crown advantages also include:
- An outstanding fit
- Cementable features
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays or onlays are used when not enough tooth structure remains to support a filling, but the tooth is not so severely damaged that it needs a crown. Aiding in the restoration of a decayed or broken tooth, inlays and onlays conserve the structure while protecting and strengthening its health.
Inlays or onlays can be made of gold, composite resin (plastic) or ceramics and can last for decades. However, how long they last depends on the material used, the teeth involved, the force of chewing and how well the patient maintains them.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over an existing tooth. They are used to restore the strength and function of a tooth suffering severe decay or a fracture. Crowns are cemented into place to prevent any movement and leave you with a beautiful smile.
Types of crowns include:
- A porcelain outer surface with a metal base crown.
- Pure porcelain or composite crown.
- An all-metal crown, usually gold, but differing in durability, strength, appearance and cost.
Types of Fillings
You can choose from four different filling varieties to help add strength and durability to your teeth:
- Composite Fillings – A natural tooth-colored filling that bonds to the tooth to provide added security.
- Silver Fillings – Are an inexpensive and strong amalgam-based filling.
- Gold Fillings – Are more attractive than silver and provide for a better fit.
- Porcelain Fillings – Also called inlays, these are the most attractive and durable of the tooth-colored choices.
- Tooth Colored Fillings -Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth and research has proven them to be about 90% as strong as healthy, natural tooth material.
- Beautiful in appearance.
- Completed in a single visit.
- No filling leaks.
- Less chance of tooth cracking.