Research has shown that almost everybody has a 95% chance of experiencing some tooth decay. When tooth decay does occur, it is highly important to remove the decay, clean the tooth and repair the tooth with some type of restoration. In addition, lost or missing teeth need to be replaced to protect your overall oral health.
In this section, we will look at the various restorations we can use to protect and restore decayed or missing teeth.
The clear alternative to traditional mercury fillings. The Problem: Decay on a portion of any tooth Desire to replace old-fashioned mercury (silver) fillings Desire to maintain a white, beautiful smile The Solution: A composite filling is a tooth colored quartz-like material. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this tooth colored material is layered into…Learn More
Protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth. The Problem: Badly decayed teeth Fractured teeth Need to protect and strengthen teeth The Solution: A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression or…Learn More
An excellent way to replace missing teeth. The Problem: A missing tooth or teeth Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space The "sunken face" look associated with missing teeth Desire to improve chewing ability Desire for a more permanent solution than dentures The Solution: A dental implant is an…Learn More
A great way to replace missing teeth The Problem: A missing tooth or teeth Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space The "sunken face" look associated with missing teeth Desire to improve chewing ability Desire for a more permanent solution than dentures The Solution: A bridge is a single…Learn More
Inlays & Onlays
An excellent way to restore teeth with small to moderate decay The Problem: Any level of decay on a portion of any tooth Need for a long-term, durable restoration Desire to limit the amount of healthy tooth structure removed Need to strengthen and reinforce tooth The Solution: Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth…Learn More
Root Canal Therapy
Protect and keep a sick or dying tooth. The Problem: Infected or sick tooth due to decay or injury Chronic tooth pain from contact with hot and cold liquids Pain from pressure or biting down Danger of infection spreading The Solution: Inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that contains the nerves and blood supply…Learn More
An inexpensive way to restore a small amount of tooth decay. The Problem: A small amount of decay on a portion of a back tooth The Solution: A silver (or amalgam) filling is a mixture of approximately 50% silver/tin alloy and 50% mercury. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this gray colored material is…Learn More