Composite Fillings – The composite compound consists of a white-colored material that closely matches the existing dentition. Composite fillings are often used on anterior teeth to replace a tooth structure that is missing due to decay or minor fractures. The properties of the composite allow the dentist to use this type of material when the aesthetics are of concern.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings – The silver fillings are typically placed on posterior teeth. Their durability and sturdiness can endure the force of daily mastication and various speech patterns. They are preferred by many patients due to low cost and ease of the procedure. The amalgam fillings are a long-term solution for large posterior restorations.Dental Crowns
One of the most common restorative procedures in dentistry today, a dental crown is recommended to repair and protect a single tooth. Most dental crowns are fabricated from metal used as a cast under structure. It is combined with porcelain used as an external layer that can perfectly mimic the hue of any neighboring dentition.
The crowns greatly improve the functionality of the mouth and add a superb cosmetic value. Metal-only crowns, such as gold, are frequently recommended for patients with strong mastication forces that porcelain crowns may not tolerate. A placement of single crowns may also be warranted when they serve as anchors for partial dentures and are vital to the stability of the appliance.
Most prevalent reasons for obtaining a crown include root canal-treated teeth (RCT) or any dentition affected by trauma. The procedure is also recommended when a large part of the tooth structure is missing due to decay or other factors.Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are suggested by a dentist when the patient is missing one or more teeth. The bridge is anchored on both sides by adjacent teeth or implants. The anchoring teeth are called abutments. The false units replacing the missing teeth are called pontics. Most dental bridges are manufactured from alloys for strength and porcelain for aesthetics.
The bridge can improve the smile, restore the functionality of the mouth and prevent the existing teeth from migrating into the empty spaces left by missing teeth. They also maintain the occlusion (the relationship between the upper and lower arch), and the shape of the facial muscles. If the patient is not a good candidate for a dental bridge, a partial removable denture may be offered as an option.Implant Crowns
Much like the regular crowns, the crowns fabricated to cover the implants are processed in the same way and are aimed at restoring the patient’s smile line. However, the process is much longer as the patient has to go through the healing process. The crowns are placed when the implants have fully integrated with the surrounding hard and soft tissues. The healing process may require 6-9 months and continuous monitoring by the dentist. The patient’s health history is fully reviewed before the treatment plan is created to assure the best results. If the patient does not meet the criteria, other viable options of dental therapy may be offered.