Crowns and Bridges
A tooth that is in danger of breaking will oftentimes be restored by using a “cap” that covers the entire tooth. Teeth that have large fillings or a large area of tooth decay are candidates for a crown. In the past crowns were made entirely out of metal but technological Full Mouth Implant Reconstruction advancements have created a variety of options including the pure porcelain crown. A bridge is used when an entire tooth is missing. A crown is usually put on either side of the missing tooth, with a false tooth suspended between.
Implant Supported Crowns
An implant supported dental crown is another procedure used to replace missing teeth. The implant consists of a titanium material screw and a crown. The screw is implanted into the jaw making connection with the living bone. After a period of healing the crown is then attached. This procedure is stronger and more durable than the use of the bridge or crown previously described.
Tooth decay is the most common reason for getting a tooth filled. Other reasons are a cracked tooth or broken teeth, tooth grinding or wear due to nail biting or use to open containers. The first step in the process involves removing the decayed area, in cases of decay, protecting the tooth’s pulp (where the nerves are located) with a base or liner and then applying the selected filling. Types of fillings are amalgam, ceramics, composite resin, cast gold, glass ionomer and gold foil.
Restorations that involve the bonding of various materials to the natural tooth structure seeks to combine functionality with esthetic appeal. In cases where the tooth structure is sufficient direct composite resin restorations are used in the place of amalgam and gold. The uses of ceramic and composite resins bonded to the natural tooth allows for less tooth reduction and a thinner reconstruction while still maintaining a tooth colored, relatively durable and esthetically pleasing restoration.
Custom Tooth Color Matching
Patients who have porcelain crowns or veneers inserted on their teeth often want to ensure that the color is appropriate for them. With Custom Color Shading, intraoral cameras and other dental equipment are used to select the right shade of tooth. The Custom Color Shading information is then sent to the dental fabrication lab, resulting in natural looking teeth.