Dental fillings are restorations made from different materials. White composite fillings are the most popular because they blend so well with natural teeth. Composite fillings are esthetically pleasing and strong thanks to new bonding technologies. On occasion, patients do prefer porcelain or gold fillings. Talk with Dr. Fuller about what type of fillings are best for you, taking into account your oral health, aesthetic goals and budget.
Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. This common dental restoration may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. A dental crown encases the tooth with a custom-designed material.
Dr. Fuller typically uses a dental crown to restore a tooth that has been damaged, but crowns can also improve the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns come in three different types: all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic. Where the crown is located will determine the best material to use. For example, front teeth should have an all-ceramic crown, because it will reflect the light the best and therefore look the most natural. For back teeth, we often recommend ceramic-on-metal crowns, as they look natural but have the durability that only metal can provide.
Same Day Crowns
CAD/CAM technology: In just one office visit, you will have a fully completed porcelain crown. Your crown is designed and created in our office using E4D technology, and there’s no need for a temporary crown or a second visit. We are able to make a digital impression of the tooth, digitally construct the restoration, and then create and insert the same-day crown in-office. This method looks natural and lasts almost as long as your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At Dr. Fuller’s office, we provide you with a dental bridge if you want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergo the process for a dental implant. The new tooth is held in place by two crowns on either side. Dental bridges are made from ceramic or porcelain to match the surrounding teeth. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fuller makes sure that the new tooth is aesthetically pleasing and matches the surrounding teeth for a look that is beautiful and natural.
The benefits of dental implants include functionality, aesthetics and promoting heathy bone levels. A dental implant is highly functional, acting exactly as a normal, healthy tooth would. Having missing teeth will inevitably cause problems in the mouth, from trouble chewing and eating to causing the shifting of other teeth. Implant crowns are created in a laboratory to mimic natural teeth. Often made from porcelain, an implant crown makes an enormous difference in the beauty of a smile, especially if the missing tooth is a highly visible place.
Another benefit of having a dental implant that it supports healthy bone levels. This is perhaps the most important difference between an implant and a bridge. A bridge will replace the crown or top portion of a tooth but not the root, so bone loss is inevitable. An implant, however, will anchor the crown to the jaw and effectively prevent bone loss from occurring, provided that the patient maintains good oral hygiene.
Titanium is currently the most suitable implant material. Titanium dental implants are biocompatible and do not trigger any allergic reactions. Before you can get started, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. If Dr. Fuller diagnoses any cavities or signs of gum disease, they will need to be addressed first. Ask Dr. Fuller if dental implants are the right choice for you.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. There are two types of dentures:
- Complete Dentures – complete dentures are necessary when all of the teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable by the patient, and can be fabricated to fit over crowned teeth or attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit.
- Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Denture teeth are typically made of resin or porcelain. Conventionally, dentists used porcelain teeth because they look and feel more like natural teeth, but they are not as hardy as acrylic resins. Acrylic resins are the new choice for denture teeth because acrylic adheres more securely to the denture base, and is easier to adjust to achieve the correct fit. Resin dentures are also significantly less expensive than porcelain, and much lighter in weight. Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth.
Regular dental examinations and check-ups are important for the patient so that gum tissues can be checked for any changes. Dr. Fuller will help you determine if this is the best way to replace your teeth or if an alternative solution would help you achieve your goals.