Your teeth are very strong, but they can be vulnerable. Decay can cause cavities and serious damage to your teeth and gums, and impacts and injuries can break off or knock out a tooth. Fortunately, dental restorations can repair the damage, protect your teeth from further damage, and restore their function and appearance. Take a look at some of the common dental restorations we provide.
Plaque and tartar buildup cause decay, and decay causes cavities, tiny holes in the protective enamel of your teeth. When a cavity forms, the tooth needs to be restored with a filling. The filling repairs the cavity and protects your tooth from further damage.
Dental crowns, also known as “caps” are artificial replacement teeth. We use them to completely cover a tooth that has been broken off, damaged, or lost to decay. Crowns are designed to look like a natural tooth and once they are in place they restore the function and appearance of the lost tooth.
Sometimes a damaged or decayed tooth can’t be restored with a filling, but is strong enough that it doesn’t need to be replaced with a crown. In these cases, we use a special restoration known as an inlay. An inlay looks like a filling, but it is created outside your mouth in a laboratory and cemented into the tooth. Once the inlay is in place the tooth is restored to its normal function.
When we need to restore the “biting” surfaces of the teeth (the little pointy parts) we use a special type of inlay called an onlay. Onlays are designed to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.
Bridges are used to replace lost or broken-off teeth. They’re used when the root of the missing tooth is lost or has to be removed because it can’t support a crown. A bridge works by attaching the replacement tooth to the teeth on either side of the missing one, forming a little “bridge” over the gap. The replacement tooth looks and functions just like a natural tooth.