“Definitely the best visit I’ve had to Collins dental so far. I really like the approach of Dr. Collins and the technician that worked with me. It was clearly explained to me what needed to be done and what was optional. Will definitely refer to Collins.”
– Connie B.
There are many options for fillings these days. Depending on the location and extent of your decay we can recommend the best fit for you. Tooth-colored fillings have become more popular for obvious reasons. Aesthetically they look just like your natural tooth, so any dental work you’ve had done is virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings are made from either composite resin or plastic material. This same material is used for tooth bonding as well, to fix any small chips, cracks or gaps in teeth.
If you have tooth decay that is more extensive than a filling can handle, we may suggest either an inlay or an onlay. Used to protect and rebuild the strength of your teeth, inlays and onlays are slightly different, but serve the same purpose.
The main difference between and inlay and onlay is how much of the tooth surface is covered. An inlay will replace the pits and fissures of the surface, while an onlay will to that as well as the cusps of the tooth. Unlike fillings, these pieces are created and then bonded in place, instead of ‘filled’ in or built up from within the cavity.
If you have decay that is past the point of restoration with an inlay or onlay we will recommend getting a crown. You might need a crown if:
Dental crowns can be made of a metal-porcelain blend, porcelain and zirconia.
In some cases, patients need crown lengthening. This procedure is necessary when there isn’t enough exposed tooth to place the crown properly, or if you want more of your tooth exposed.
Dental bridges are a common way for people who are missing teeth to fill the gaps and restore a seamless smile. There are three types of bridges available.
A traditional bridge procedure involves etching and preparing the two neighboring teeth to accept a crown. The two teeth act as the support system for the missing tooth between them.
A Maryland bridge is attached to the back-side of the neighboring teeth, instead of capping the full teeth.
If you have missing teeth, you can secure a bridge into place using two implants rather than natural teeth. The two crowns attach securely to the implants, with a crown between them closing the gap.
Dentures can help patients with missing teeth regain their confidence. If you are missing teeth, consider dentures or partials at Collins Dental.
If you want to replace missing teeth with a partial denture, and don’t want to go into the world without teeth while you wait for your permanent partial, and immediate partial is a great option. Instead of having a wait period between extractions and placing of the partial, you can have the partial placed the same day of the extractions. It requires appointments ahead of time to fabricate your piece, but the benefit of going home with a full smile it well worth it.
Benefits of immediate partials include:
A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that fills an area of several missing teeth. It can be removed to clean and sleep and is an affordable and good-looking option for many patients.
While traditional dentures offer certain benefits, many patients dislike the anxiety of potential slipping, or the uncomfortable fit. If you have been wearing dentures, or are considering getting dentures, you might be interested in a more permanent solution: Implant supported dentures.
Like the name suggests, instead of removable dentures, these dentures are securely locked into strategically placed dental implants. The result is a younger-looking and beautiful smile that won’t slip or cause discomfort.
If you experience sensitivity or constant pain, or if the tissue around a tooth is swollen and painful, you may have pulp damage. Damage to the interior living part of the tooth can occur because of trauma, decay or other infection. The ‘pulp’ refers to the live part of the tooth.
If the pulp is damaged, it is important to retain as much of the living pulp as possible, while also treating the infection or removing any damaged sections. One way we do this is with a pulpotomy.
A pulpotomy can be performed if the pulp root is unaffected, and just the tip of the pulp is damaged. If the root is healthy we will remove all the decay and then place material over the remaining pulp to protect it. Finally we will place a crown.
A pulpectomy, more commonly known as a root canal is performed if the damage has extended into the tooth root, we will need to remove all of the pulp extending into the root.