A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth.
Enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay, and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed.
Benefits of fillings:
- Restoration of tooth strength
- Less susceptible to tooth decay
- Virtually invisible, presents great smile
An extraction is a last-resort option, because a missing tooth leads to a number of other problems that can have a very negative impact on your dental health.
A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- A crowded mouth
- Risk of infection
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A typical bridge consists of two crowns (one on each side of the gap created by missing tooth/teeth) and a false tooth/teeth (that fill in the gap and is attached to the crowns). These two crowned ‘anchoring teeth’ are called abutment teeth .These supporting teeth can be natural teeth or dental implants. The false tooth/teeth in between the anchoring teeth are called pontics. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. The cap restores the tooth’s shape and size, strength, and appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, cover the visible portion of a tooth.
When would a dental crown be needed?
A dental crown may be needed to:
- protect a weak tooth (for example, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- restore a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth
- cover and support a tooth with a large filling and not much tooth remaining
- hold a dental bridge in place
- cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- cover a dental implant or tooth treated with root canal