General Dentistry

Crowns

When larger fillings no longer serve their original purpose, it is a good idea to construct a crown. A crown will cover and protect a damaged tooth. Fillings may develop broken edges which will no longer properly seal the tooth. If the filling is small enough, a new filling can be used. But if the tooth has a large filling and there is not very much of the original tooth material to attach the filling to, a crown may be a better solution.

Dental crowns fit over your natural teeth after they have been shaped to accept the crown. You may need a crown to protect you tooth because of any of the following causes:

  • Worn Fillings
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Failing Crown
  • Large Cavity
  • After Root Canal

Procedure

It takes two appointments to restore your tooth with a crown. This is because the crown must be custom hand-crafted in a dental laboratory to precisely fit your tooth and bite. These are the steps necessary to produce your new crown:

  • Your tooth is numbed with topical and local anesthetic.
  • Any decay is removed.
  • The tooth is shaped with a handpiece.
  • We take a precise impression of your teeth.
  • You will be fitted with a temporary crown while the dental laboratory crafts your permanent crown. This usually takes one to two weeks.
  • On your next visit to the dentist, your temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is fitted.
  • When you and the dentist are satisfied with the fit and bite, the crown is permanently cemented in place.

Bridges

A bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth that is anchored in place by the adjacent teeth. A bridge can avert the chain-reaction of dental problems that can occur when a tooth is lost. These can include:

  • The tooth opposing the missing tooth can start to extrude from its socket.
  • The missing tooth can cause chewing problems.
  • Problems can develop with the TMJ.
  • It is much harder to clean the teeth that have shifted, and this may cause further tooth loss through the advancement of periodontal disease.

Bonding

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.

We also offer; Digital Radiography (X-rays), which provides a significant reduction in radiation exposure, Restorative dentistry - all restorations are bonded