TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS:
Often referred to as “white” fillings, these composite resin fillings are used to restore teeth to their natural appearance and function once the decayed tooth structure is removed.
A “cap” that is placed onto a tooth after the dentist has prepped it. It encompasses the entire tooth and is an excellent way to restore function and give the tooth longevity. A crown is needed to strengthen a tooth that has been weakened by large fillings or fractures or after root canal therapy has been performed. Crowns can also be used to cover dental implants and to restore a favorably cosmetic look to a discolored or malformed tooth. Modern crowns are made from porcelain, ceramic, zirconia or porcelain fused to metal and cemented onto the tooth. Dr. Hanna will discuss the best material for you based on your dental habits (such as grinding) and your aesthetic concerns.
Dentures are prosthetic (fake) teeth placed onto an acrylic base for the purpose of replacing all or just some missing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth and an partial denture replaces only a few missing teeth. There are many new materials used now that have the appearance of your natural gum tissue and several shades of teeth that are matched to your existing teeth. These dentures are removed daily for cleaning and sleeping.
A bridge is a set of three or more crowns that are used to replace a missing tooth/teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed in the mouth and do not come out. A bridge consists of a pontic (false tooth) and attached to the two adjacent teeth with crowns. This literally “bridges the gap” with a continuous set of crowns. Several different materials may be used depending on your dental needs.
After a dental implant is surgically placed and has integrated into your bone, it is then ready to receive an abutment and crown. Abutments are the connectors between the implant and crown and make for a stable base for which the crown can sit on. Once the crown is placed onto your implant, form and function are restored and you can use your implant again like all your natural teeth.