Composite filings are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend into the natural tooth, appearing less visible than amalgam (silver) fillings, which are darker and more visible. Composite fillings can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are custom fitted prostheses which are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns, commonly referred to as “caps”, are cemented or bonded to the surfaces of natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth on either side of the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are permanent and not removable. A crown or bridge can restore the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth as well as restore your smile.
Inlays and Onlays – Restorations
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings but less than crowns. They are made in a dental lab of porcelain, resin, or gold, dependent on the particular need and esthetic goals of the patient. An inlay is a restoration that fits the center of a tooth. An onlay is a restoration that covers at least one cusp of a tooth. Inlays and onlays are both bonded to the tooth, and if done with an esthetic porcelain or resin material, can disappear into the tooth, becoming practically unnoticeable. These are wonderful restorations which conserve much more tooth structure than a crown.
Veneers – Restorations
Dental veneers are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin restorations made of porcelain or resin which are customized for tooth shape, size and color. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, close open spaces as well as provide a solution for discolored teeth unresponsive to traditional whitening treatments. Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance, are stain resistant, and are well tolerated by the gums.