Tooth Colored Restoration
In the past, having a tooth restored involved some sort of metal, having typically either gold or silver. Today, when looking to repair teeth, our patients have far more options than ever before; advances in technology enable us to offer patients choices when selecting which materials to utilize when fixing a missing tooth, or one that has been damaged. The restorations that dentists use today include materials such as ceramic or plastic compounds that look very much like natural teeth.
Not only do tooth colored fillings look more natural, they are quite strong, lasting many years. Small fillings may only need long term replacement, and larger fillings have the likelihood of lasting several years. Just how long a tooth-colored filling lasts may depend on factors such as the size of the filling in relation to the size of the tooth itself, the tooth that is being repaired, and the quality of post-restoration maintenance.
Dental crowns are used to completely cap a tooth that has been significantly damaged from decay or injury. Rather than fit the patient with a solid metal crown, we offer patients the option to restore teeth with tooth-colored crowns such as porcelain-fused-to-metal or metal free. For front teeth, all porcelain crowns are ideal as they look completely natural, reflecting light just as the natural tooth.
Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can correct chips, gaps, uneven, mispositioned, or misshapen teeth, as well as discolored teeth that are resistant to traditional whitening. Thin wafer-like shells are colored to match natural teeth, or to display a lighter brighter shade, suitable to the patient's overall facial features and complexion. These veneers can greatly improve the appearance of the smile.