Restorations include fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns that replace tooth structure that has been lost from damage or decay to a tooth. The main purpose of any restoration is to restore your tooth to its original form, function and appearance, This also includes bridges and implants that replace lost teeth.
Fillings, Inlays and Onlays
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. Amalgam (silver) and composite (white) materials can be used when the area of preparation is small. Even though there are very few instances that silver amalgam is the material of choice, it is still a part of our arsenal of restorations. Inlays and onlays are recommended when there is a need for a larger, stronger restoration. They may be made from gold or ceramic/porcelain depending on the forces on the tooth. Our newest technologies allow us to restore your teeth with ceramics that support and may even strengthen your tooth. These restorations can be done in our office at one convenient appointment. Click here for the CEREC website.
Caps or crowns are recommended when too much of the tooth structure is gone or a tooth has had root canal treatment. The tooth is prepared for an ideal fit. Then a traditional or optical impression is taken to fabricate your crown. Once the crown is constructed, it is then cemented in place. There are several choices of materials and each one is recommended for different reasons. Dr. Tozer may recommend a specific type or he may give you more than one option.
CEREC or CAD/CAM crowns are porcelain crowns that use a computer to form, and make the crown with only one convenient visit to our office. No temporary crown or additional appointments are needed because you walk out with your new tooth colored crown cemented, all in the same appointment! Click here for the CEREC website.
The new technology of lab fabricated Zirconia/Ceramic (tooth colored) crowns and bridges are replacing metal supported restorations. These new restorations are unsurpassed in their likeness to your original teeth.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent:
- Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite (occlusion) problems and resultant periodontal disease.
- Bridges safeguard the integrity of the existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are two types of bridges:
- Fixed – these are cemented onto your teeth
- Removable – these are partial dentures and are removed and cleaned after meals