Posts for tag: restorative dentistry
Silver fillings aren't the only choice when you have a cavity. Tooth-colored fillings offer an excellent alternative to amalgam fillings. Ringwood, NJ, dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi care for your oral health with fillings and other treatment options that will help you maintain a healthy smile.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
The best filling material lasts for years and doesn't move or break when you chew hard foods. For years, dentists regarded silver amalgam as the best choice, but that's changed in recent years. New fillings made of tooth-colored composite resin have begun to replace amalgam fillings as the filling material of choice.
Composite resin is a flexible, putty-like material made of powdered glass and plastic. Unlike silver amalgam, composite resin can be tinted to match the most common tooth shades. As a result, no one can tell you've had dental work. Although composite resin is soft initially, it becomes as tough as your tooth enamel when it's hardened with a curing light.
What advantages do tooth-colored fillings provide?
Tooth-colored fillings offer several important benefits, such as:
- Lower Risk of Cracks: The metals in silver amalgam fillings expand and contract when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Daily contraction and expansion can stress your tooth enamel, eventually causing it to crack. A crack can increase your risk of both tooth decay and a fracture.
- Improved Strength: Composite resin bonds to the surface of your tooth, increasing its strength. Composite resin fillings also require less destruction of healthy tooth structure than silver amalgam fillings. Every time you have a filling at your Ringwood dentist's office, a certain amount of healthy structure around the decayed section must also be removed. This process protects your tooth from the effects of decay but also weakens it. Tooth-colored fillings help keep your teeth stronger because they only require removal of a small margin of healthy structure.
- No Darkening: Your tooth may look dark if you have a particularly large silver amalgam filling or may darken over the years if the silver amalgam begins to leak into your tooth enamel. A tooth-colored filling will never change the appearance of your tooth.
- A Mercury-Free Option: Silver amalgam fillings contain mercury, while composite resin fillings don't. Amalgam fillings aren't recommended for children under 6. Many adults also feel more comfortable avoiding the fillings.
Restore your smile with tooth-colored fillings. Call Ringwood, NJ, dentists Dr. Kahn and Dr. Pergolizzi at (973) 835-3900 to schedule an appointment.
Do you avoid chewing on one side of your mouth due to a damaged tooth? A dental crown can restore your tooth's normal function and improve your appearance. Ringwood, NJ, dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi share some information about this versatile restoration method.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns, also called caps, cover the portions of your teeth that extend above your gum line. The restorations look just like your natural teeth, but if you were to turn them over, you'll notice that they're hollow inside. Before you receive a crown, your tooth will be prepared. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures that there will be plenty of room for the restoration to slip over your tooth.
Your teeth produce a tremendous amount of pressure when you chew on a piece of steak or gnaw on a raw carrot. Because the forces you generate are so strong, your crown must be equally strong or it will soon break apart. Porcelain, one of the most common crown materials, is a good choice because the material is extremely tough and closely resembles tooth enamel. Porcelain can be used alone or fused to a layer of metal.
When are dental crowns recommended?
We may recommend a dental crown when you visit our Ringwood office if:
- Your tooth is broken: Crowns restore height and width to broken teeth and make it possible to use your teeth to chew once again. In some cases, root canal therapy may be needed before you can receive a crown.
- Your tooth is at high risk of a fracture: Crowns are also used to prevent damage to teeth. Any change to your tooth structure can weaken the tooth and make it more likely to break apart one day when you take a bite of food. Teeth can become weaker if they're cracked or if the structure has been weakened by large fillings or root canal treatment.
- You want to change the shape or length of your tooth: Crowns offer the ideal way to lengthen teeth or change the shape of crooked, twisted or pointed teeth.
- You want to conceal an imperfection: Crowns effectively hide chips, discolorations, uneven tooth surfaces and other flaws.
Restore and protect your damaged teeth with dental crowns. Call Ringwood, NJ, dentists Drs. David Kahn and John Pergolizzi at (973) 835-3900.
Repairing your teeth with porcelain dental restorations may seem like a complicated task. However, these procedures are customized to your smile, usually take place within only a handful of dental appointments, and are easy with the help of your dentist. Learn more about dental crowns and bridgework with Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ.
Dental Crowns and Bridgework
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth while crowns fit over a tooth to protect or strengthen it. A bridge uses a crown on either side of its prosthetic tooth to hold the restoration in place. The crowns fit over the healthy teeth surrounding the gap, using them as an anchor. Both crowns and bridges are made from tooth-colored porcelain and customized by a dental laboratory to fit seamlessly into your smile.
How can these restorations help me?
A dental bridge’s main function is filling in the gaps in your smile. On the other hand, a dental crown’s versatility allows dentists to use it in many situations. Some of the most common uses for dental crowns include:
- stabilizing a tooth with a large filling, like after a root canal
- protecting a damaged or unstable tooth
- replacing a tooth as part of a dental implant
- holding a bridge in place
- improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- restoring the biting surface of a worn or broken tooth
Dental Crowns and Bridges in Ringwood, NJ
If you think you can benefit from a dental crown or bridge, you should consult with your dentist to determine if the procedure is the right choice for you. Placing a dental crown, whether on its own or as part of a bridge, requires preparation of the tooth to receive the crown. Your dentist will remove small parts of the enamel from around the tooth to make room for the width and height of the crown. With the tooth prepared, your dentist affixes the crown with dental cement.
For more information on dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi at their practice in Ringwood, NJ. Call (973) 835-3900 today to schedule your appointment for a consultation.