When your teeth need a little extra care
If left untreated dental decay can lead to other, more serious health problems. When your smile needs some extra attention, we are the dentists you can trust for all your dental restoration needs.
We will thoroughly examine the areas of decay and recommend appropriate treatment options. The severity of the decay will dictate what kind of dental restoration you may require. We will discuss all options with you before proceeding with treatment.
When you have a cavity, usually all you need is a filling. Cavities are caused by excess plaque dissolving the enamel. A dentist will remove the decay, clean the empty space, and then fill it with either metal or plastic.
If there is a significant amount of decay or the tooth already has a number of fillings, a crown may be required. A crown completely encapsulates your tooth protecting it from further decay. Crowns can be made from gold, porcelain fused to metal or pure white porcelain.
Inlays are typically used when tooth structure is at risk; and fill the spaces in-between the cusps. An inlay is made to fit into the shape of the decay and is usually made from porcelain. An inlay requires two visits and can cost more but is very durable.
Onlays are similar to Inlays, however they are made to cover one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth. Because of the amount of tooth they cover, they are also known as “partial crowns.”
If the tooth is beyond restoration, your dentist may recommend removing it. A Bridge is then inserted by preparing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth as crowns. This will then hold the replacement tooth in place.