Fillings, Root Canals and Dentures
Composite “Tooth Colored” Fillings
Dental fillings or “restorations” repair your teeth by replacing areas of decay (cavities) or fractures. The most commonly used dental filling is tooth-colored composite which is bonded to your remaining tooth structure. Composite dental fillings can help improve the esthetics of your smile and will help to fix damaged teeth so that you can continue chewing the food you love.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is performed to save a tooth that has bacterial infection within its root. During a root canal, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth and the tooth is then disinfected and cleaned thoroughly before being sealed. Root canals are no longer a thing to be feared. They are relatively straightforward and can be thought of as a long filling appointment.
Removable Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are acrylic prosthetic oral appliances designed to replace a full arch (upper or lower) of missing teeth. Complete dentures are removable appliances that rest solely on soft tissues of the oral cavity. Dentures help to restore esthetics (appearance), mastication (chewing) and phonetics (speech).
Removable Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are acrylic or metal based oral appliances designed to replace missing teeth in a single arch (upper or lower) when other teeth remain on that arch. Partial dentures are removable prosthetics that rest on the existing teeth that remain in the same arch as well as the soft tissues.
Overdentures are acrylic removable oral appliances designed to replace missing teeth. Although this type of denture is removable, they differ from traditional dentures in that they attach to dental implants (replacement roots) via a locator system. This attachment stabilizes and retains the denture during function dramatically improving mastication (chewing), phonetics (speech) and esthetics (appearance). Oftentimes, your pre-existing dentures can be converted to implant retained dentures with the placement of dental implants and addition of a locator system.
Fixed Hybrid Denture
Fixed hybrid dentures are made of a stronger material than complete dentures and remain fixed to implants for optimum strength, mastication (chewing), phonetics (speech) and esthetics (appearance). Due to the stronger material, fixed hybrid dentures are typically less bulky and mimic your dentition (teeth) more closely.