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Other Restorations

Tooth Colored Fillings (Composites):

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Because they are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are therefore more esthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. However, they are very durable, and should last many years, giving you a beautiful smile.

What is involved in getting a composite filling?

Normally, composite fillings can be completed in one visit. After numbing your tooth to make you comfortable, the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed. This missing part is then rebuilt with composite resin material that matches the natural tooth. Slight, temporary, sensitivity is normal after the placement of composite fillings until your tooth adapts to the new restoration.

Bridges:

Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In simple terms, a bridge is two or more crowns that have one or more "dummy" teeth fused in between them. The structure forms a "bridge" to fill in a space where a tooth or teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth and are not removable. A bridge should last many years before needing replacement; however, proper brushing and flossing is crucial to the longevity of crowns and bridges.

Consultations / 2nd opinions:

We are happy to provide 2nd opinions to help you determine the most appropriate course of dental treatment. If no radiographs (x-rays) are necessary, or if you bring yours with you from another dentist’s office, there is no charge for this service.