When food debris or plaque accumulates on a tooth it could provide fuel for natural bacteria found in your mouth to start a cavity. This could be taken care of by removing all the decay and placing a filling in the tooth. There are different types of filling material, the traditional amalgams (or silver fillings) can still be used to restore a tooth but are not as esthetic. For people with current amalgams, the only reasons to change them would be if there was decay or if the filling is fractured. At Hancock Village Dental we are an amalgam-free office and only offer esthetic white fillings also known as composites. They are similar in strength and longevity as amalgams and look nicer!
Crowns and Bridges
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems due to accidents, diseases, root canal therapy, large decay, or even wear and tear called “micro-fractures.” This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. It can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges in the future. When the pulp, or collection of blood vessels at the center of your tooth becomes infected, it can be very painful. Removing the diseased pulp and cleaning/sealing the root canal yields great success. A root canal is never considered complete until a crown is placed on top of the tooth to provide protection to the tooth from the stress of chewing.
Extractions should be considered a last resort procedure for teeth that are otherwise considered “unrestorable” by any other treatments available. During your appointment, we will be able to discuss all options for your teeth.