Composite Dental Fillings
Traditionally, dental fillings have been made of silver amalgam. However, our dental office uses only composite, or tooth-colored, filling material. Our dentist and team have chosen to use composite filling materials in order to provide you with a more natural-looking result and to promote better long-term oral health. There are many benefits to composite fillings, including:
- Material that bonds to your tooth to provide more support for the tooth’s structural integrity
- Reduced risk of the treated tooth breaking or fracturing in the future
- Insulation from temperature changes caused by foods and beverages
- Better seals around the edges of the damaged area, increasing the tooth’s resistance to decay and leaks
- The ability to correct cavities that are too small for amalgam fillings to repair
- Fillings that can be repaired and replaced without being removed from the tooth
- No mercury or other metals are used, making the filling safer
When you receive a composite dental filling, our dentist will carefully select a filling that matches your natural tooth color to give you a more beautiful and healthier-looking smile. Fillings can usually be placed in a single appointment.
For more information about composite dental fillings and to make an appointment with our dentist, contact our office today.
Our dentist may recommend replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge. Bridges are designed to replace individual teeth or several teeth in a row, closing the gap caused by the missing teeth to restore your smile as well as your ability to chew and speak normally. Bridges consist of one or more prosthetic teeth anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, one on either side of the prosthetic tooth or teeth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to help ensure that it will not shift or come loose. Your bridge may also be anchored by a dental implant rather than by crowns.
Bridges are typically recommended to:
- Restore your ability to perform daily actions such as speaking and eating
- Alleviate excess stress on your bite
- Replace partial dentures
- Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position
Bridges have the added benefit of preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place, helping you to maintain your smile and improving the shape and volume of your face.
When you receive a dental bridge, plan on at least two appointments with our dentist. During the first visit, we will take impressions and prepare your teeth to receive the bridge. After your bridge has been created, you will return to our office, where our dentist will check that it fits before permanently bonding your bridge into place.
Give us a call today for more information about dental bridges and to set up a consultation with our dentist.
A dental crown is a restoration that serves many purposes. A crown is usually recommended to restore teeth that have become significantly damaged or decayed. Each crown is custom made and designed to perfectly fit your smile. The crown is placed over the damaged tooth to restore the natural appearance, shape and size of the tooth. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns are a popular choice, as our dentist can match porcelain to the natural color of your smile. During your consultation, we can help you determine which type of crown will work best for you.
Our dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have teeth that have become damaged enough that they cannot be repaired by a dental filling. Crowns serve many purposes, including:
- Completing a dental implant restoration by capping the implant
- Keeping a dental bridge in place
- Correcting misshapen teeth
- Strengthening fractured or weak teeth
- Securing a large filling that your tooth cannot support on its own
- Improving the overall appearance of your smile and your confidence
If you want to learn more about dental crowns and how they can improve your oral health, please call or visit us today! We can help you achieve a healthy and more beautiful smile.
At our practice, we offer high-quality dental implants to replace one or more of your missing teeth. A dental implant is specially crafted to act as an artificial tooth root, bonding with your natural bone to strengthen the base of your jaw and stabilize your new artificial tooth. According to your situation, our dentist can remove any damaged teeth from the affected area before prepping you for treatment. If necessary, you may also receive a bone grafting to strengthen your jawbone for the implant placement.
You may be well suited for a dental implant if you:
- Have single or multiple missing teeth
- Have a strong and healthy jawbone
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Do not smoke tobacco
During the first portion of the procedure, the implant post is surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. Once this is completed, a period of healing is often necessary to permit the post to connect with your natural bone. The second portion of treatment will involve the placement of your abutment post, which connects your dental restoration, or the artificial tooth, over the top of your implant post. Whether your restoration involves a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a complete or partial denture, we will make certain that your restoration is customized to fit your smile securely and comfortably.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, we welcome you to contact our office today and schedule a visit with our dentist.
If you have lost multiple teeth, implant-supported dentures could be the solution for you! Our dentist can provide implant-supported dentures to give you a highly stable and long-lasting solution for your oral health and smile. While similar in appearance to traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are anchored and stabilized using dental implants. This prevents the dentures from coming loose and “floating” in the mouth and gives you the ability to eat and speak with confidence. The implants used in your treatment also take the place of the tooth roots, working to stimulate your supporting jawbone so that it can remain healthy and strong.
When you receive implant-supported dentures, you will need to plan on having several appointments to complete your treatment. The first step of your treatment is the implant placement procedure, during which your implant posts will be surgically inserted into your jawbone. Most cases require a minimum of four implants, though you may receive as many as eight implants depending on your individual needs. Once your implants have been placed and integrated with your supporting bone, our dentist will place and attach your denture to complete your treatment.
Implant-supported dentures are often recommended as a cost-effective alternative to single-tooth implants and traditional dentures. In many cases, our dentist can even retrofit an existing denture with implants.
To learn more about implant-supported dentures and set up a consultation with our dentist, please contact our office today.
Root Canal Treatments
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that focuses on healing and restoring damaged or infected root pulp. This treatment is usually offered for patients who have severe toothaches caused by inflamed tissue. Infected root pulp is typically the result of dental decay that reaches past the outer protective layers of the tooth and causes the pulp to become irritated or destroyed by harmful bacteria.
The aim of root canal therapy is to save the life of the tooth. If the infection is allowed to go untreated, the root pulp, also known as the “nerves” of the tooth, may die and require the tooth to be extracted. This can cause other unnecessary dental issues, such as the surrounding teeth misaligning.
The root canal itself is a simple procedure. After ensuring that the tooth remains dry during treatment, our dentist will remove infected tissues from the tooth and then apply medication to prevent further damage and encourage healing. The tooth will then be capped and sealed with a dental crown to preserve the integrity of the tooth for a comfortable and functional fit.
Our dentist and team offer sedation options to help ensure your root canal experience is a positive one. To learn more about root canal therapy, we invite you to give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.
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1207 Davie Ave
Statesville, NC 28677