Did you know that teeth are made up of a thick layer of the strongest organic substance known in the human body? Enamel is tough, but keep in mind that enough time (or force) can still break it down. If it does, that enamel won’t come back. That’s where restorative treatments come in at our dental office. Dr. G is happy to make sure all of your restorations fit over your teeth exactly and blend in effectively. Using highly personalized restorations customized to your specific needs, you can rest knowing that you’ll have the confidence to smile again soon. Just give us a call today to get started with restorative dentistry in Eatontown, NJ.
There are many restorations available at our dental office. However, dental fillings are the most basic in nature. They are typically used to repair broken down teeth, which can occur from decay but also injury. Made from composite resin, dental fillings can be easily personalized to match the shade and color of your existing enamel. This cannot be done with metal fillings, which are also not bonded to teeth like tooth-colored fillings are. As a result, tooth-colored fillings require less enamel removal than traditional metal fillings. In the long-term, you can expect a filling that stays stronger and does not negatively react to hot and cold temperatures.
Unlike many other parts of your body, your tooth enamel cannot repair itself. Once it’s been cracked, damaged, or decayed, it will stay that way until treated by a professional. In fact, it’s much more likely to get worse, leading to either irreparable damage that requires extraction or a root canal for a painfully infected tooth! Fortunately, tooth-colored fillings are a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to protect your teeth should you get a cavity or minor damage.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a biocompatible composite resin that can be shaded to match the color of your natural teeth. At first, the resin is moldable, making it easy to apply into small spaces. Once we’ve filled in the damaged or decayed area with the resin, we’ll shine a special curing light on it, which will harden it into place, effectively restoring your tooth’s function and appearance.
In nearly all cases, getting a tooth-colored filling can be done in a single appointment. First, we’ll numb your mouth to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible the entire time. Once the numbing has taken full effect, we’ll carefully clean away decayed or damaged tissue from your enamel. Next, we’ll sanitize the area, apply a conditioning solution, and choose a shade of composite resin that closely resembles your natural enamel color.
The composite resin is then used to completely fill the newly cleaned space in the enamel. We’ll shine the curing light onto it to harden it and check your bite to make sure everything feels comfortable. After making any necessary minor adjustments and polishing the surface of the filling for optimal results, you’ll be free to enjoy your cavity-free smile!
While metal amalgam fillings once were the only option for treating cavities, nearly all dentists prefer to use tooth-colored fillings now. This is because they offer numerous advantages, like:
Dental crowns often go by another name known as “caps” because they are designed to cover the top portion of teeth. This works to prevent cracked teeth from fracturing further, hide permanent stains in enamel, or both. Since we make them from ceramic, you can expect your crown to blend in with your existing tooth with relative ease. If you want to replace multiple teeth in a row, a set of crowns can be attached together to form a dental bridge.
Dental bridges are ideal when you want to replace one to three teeth in a given arch. However, what do you do when you’re missing all teeth in your arch or teeth on opposite sides of the mouth? Turns out, tooth loss is far more common than you may initially have thought. In fact, millions of Americans lose teeth to physical trauma, oral health issues, or as a part of natural aging, annually. If your goal is to expand your diet and speak more confidently, dentures are worth considering. Thankfully, they are much easier to clean, more comfortable to wear, and look very natural thanks to the acrylic and porcelain materials utilized.