Crowns may be used to correct: Discolored teeth which are permanently stained, Chipped or broken teeth, Teeth with extensive damage or decay, etc. A crown is a “cap” that fits over the damaged tooth to restore strength and prevent further decay. A crown may also be used to hold a dental bridge in place. Crowns are available in a variety of materials. Your dentist will discuss the best option for you at your visit. Some common materials used include gold alloy or other alloy materials, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal.
Individuals who have lost several or most of their teeth may be good candidates for dentures (complete or partial). These dental devices are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. As needs for dentures are varied, there are two types normally used – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all teeth and can be for the upper, lower, or both jaws. Partial dentures are used when enough natural teeth are present to retain the prosthesis. Wearing dentures allows you to feel good about your smile even if you have missing teeth.
When there is structural damage to a tooth or teeth found during a dental check-up, your dentist may restore tooth strength and structure through the use of dental fillings. There are a number of materials available for fillings. Your dentist can discuss your options and help you determine the best option for you.
Amalgam fillings are composed of elemental metals, and may include components of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and others. You may know Amalgam fillings as “silver fillings” and may also know them because of the controversy surrounding the exposure to mercury. As a treatment for cavities, Amalgam has been deemed safe by the FDA and other organizations as it is thought that the other metals used in the compound stabilize the mercury and reduce risks.
Composite is a tooth-colored material made of glass or quartz and resin. These fillings are durable and provide a more esthetically pleasing appearance. Tooth color fillings from composite material may cost a bit more than an amalgam filling, but depending on the surface where the filling is needed, insurance may cover a portion of the treatment.