A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases a patients entire remaining tooth structure, restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns are a great treatment option when the integrity of a given tooth has been damaged to the point where fillings or other types of restorations can not properly repair it. While several types of crowns are available, porcelain crowns are popular because they can mimic the natural color of teeth. We use only the best dental laboratories to fabricate the permanent crown and pride ourselves on perfection. Not only should the crown be of excellent structure and integrity, the aesthetic quality is of the utmost importance as well.
Dental bridges are ideal for several conditions that a patient may present with. Porcelain fixed bridges, also known as “traditional” bridges, are the most popular. The “traditional” bridge is a non-removable appliance made of porcelain (quite similar to a dental crown) that is generally used for replacing missing teeth. As with other porcelain-based dental treatments, they are specially crafted to match the coloration of your own natural teeth, allowing them to blend in seamlessly. The bridge consists of two crowns cemented over two anchoring teeth known as abutment teeth. These are then attached to artificial teeth, known as pontics, that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges can be modified to accommodate many conditions and may be an alternative to a removable appliance.
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Aside from the obvious cosmetic benefits, composite or "white fillings" have many other advantages. Composites contain no mercury, though the FDA indicates the small amount of mercury found in amalgam fillings may be safe- we choose not to take that chance. Additionally, mercury allergies or any patients concerned with mercury-related health conditions may prefer composites. Many other benefits of composite fillings have proven true, including:
Reduction in size of filling: White composite fillings require less drilling than silver amalgams during the preparation process. As a result, your filling will be smaller and less noticeable.
Tooth restoration: Amalgam (silver fillings) can weaken teeth over time, but composite resin bonds with the tooth to restore tooth durability. In addition, many patients report that their teeth are less sensitive to temperature extremes when composites are chosen over silver, since the resin acts as an insulator.
Metal and contractions: Mercury has been used in thermometers for years because it expands and contracts a great deal with temperature change. So when you, say, have a hot drink, the mercury in your dental filling heats up and may create expansion- making the filling bigger. This increases pressure on your tooth and eventually your tooth may not be able to handle the stress and strain, resulting in cracks, fractures, snaps, etc. Using the same thinking, when you have something cold to eat or drink – say ice cream, your filling may contract or shrink, leaving a potential gap around it.
Composite resin fillings are an attractive option for most people, and typically have a longer life span then mercury based restorations. Most dental insurance plans will usually cover a portion of the cost.
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We utilize current equipment such as digital x-rays and fiber optic intra-oral cameras to better educate you, and to make our dentistry easier to deliver and more successful. Below are just some of the dental services provided at Pinnacle Peak Dental Care. Please call or email our friendly staff anytime with any questions about treatment options!
Dr. Holly Lerma
Pinnacle Peak DentalCare