Bonding (adhesive dentistry) is a way to restore chipped, discolored, and poorly shaped teeth in a single visit. Compared to porcelain veneers more natural tooth structure is retained which makes it a more conservative choice.
A crown may be all ceramic, metal ceramic, gold, acrylic resin or composite resin. Ceramic crowns most closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. For that reason they are primarily used to restore teeth in the front part of either upper or lower jaw. Metal ceramic crowns are used to restore teeth toward the back of the mouth where strength of the bite requires more stress resistant materials. The 1-2 millimeters thick porcelain coating of metal ceramic crowns is supported by the cast gold metal alloy structure of the crown. Acrylic resin and composite resin crowns are intended for temporary use, typically for several week but may be need for up to 6 months.
A filling replaces only part of a tooth due to decay or to replace part of a broken tooth. The photos to the right show the decay on the bottom of the last molar. Then the decay is removed (second photo) and finally, the tooth with the completed filling (third photo). The filling blends with the tooth creating a natural appearance.
A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw. It is placed much like a screw is inserted into a piece of hard wood. First a hole is drilled and then the screw is screwed in. The difference is that once the screw is inserted in wood, the wood doesn’t change. Bone however is living tissue and reacts to cutting by remodeling which takes eight to twelve weeks. During that time the bone next to the implant is resorbed by the body and replaced with new bone.
What are dental implants used for?
Dental implants act as the replacements for the roots of a teeth. Crowns or bridges may by anchored to dental implants. Removable dentures and partial dentures can be supported and retained by dental implants as well.
Porcelain veneers are made from a ceramic material that is bonded to the front of teeth to change the tooth’s color, size, and/or shape. These must be made outside of the mouth and they require more than one visit. The natural results we can achieve with porcelain veneers are incredible. Please look though our Veneers Gallery to see some examples of the type of dentistry that we provide for our patients.
What is a denture?
A denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces all the teeth in one jaw.
What is a partial?
A partial is more properly known as a removable partial denture. It is a removable prosthesis that replaces some but not all the teeth in one jaw.