Dental Fillings (Composite Restorations)
A filling is most commonly used when a tooth has a cavity. The cavity is cleaned out and is then filled in with a white, tooth-colored filling material called composite. A composite filling can also be used on front teeth that have gaps between teeth or teeth that have small chips to make them look even again. This process is sometimes referred to as “bonding”.
Dental Crowns (Tooth Caps)
A crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth and because of this is sometimes referred to as a cap. A crown has many functions. If a tooth has broken pieces or has a very large cavity, a crown can be used to build the tooth back up to proper size and health. Crowns are also used when a tooth has had a root canal treatment – a crown makes these teeth stronger and more resistant to fracturing. There are times when teeth have worn down due to heavy use or grinding and may result in needing full mouth restoration in which multiple teeth would need crowns.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
There are some patients who have had severe wear on their teeth or have missing teeth resulting in limited function of chewing or even speech. Full mouth rehabilitation is when all teeth in the mouth are repaired and restored to proper form and function. It gives the patient the ability to be happy with their smile and function like they previously had.
A bridge is essentially three crowns in one piece. They help to replace a missing tooth space when the tooth is missing or when a tooth must be removed. A bridge requires a natural healthy tooth on either side of the missing tooth. This restoration is useful when a patient does not want a removable device such as a partial denture.
Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth has a large cavity where it reaches the nerve portion of the tooth or the tooth has an infection at the root, a root canal would be necessary to relieve the pain and also to save the tooth. This procedure is helpful in retaining the tooth you have instead of having it taken out. Root canal treatment is generally accompanied with a crown to help the tooth stay strong and not fracture over time.
Do you need a tooth restored? Call us at (281) 363-1571 to schedule your dental restoration appointment.