Tooth restorations are the various ways your dentist can replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth.
Porcelain dental fillings are an important part of our mercury free approach to restorative dentistry. Porcelain fillings not only have an attractive, tooth-colored appearance, but they do not contain any mercury, as is the case with conventional metal fillings.
Though dental crowns are a tried-and-true restoration for broken teeth, they do not lend to tooth preservation and dental conservation. The tooth must be cut down to a small peg shape in order to make way for the dental crown. Biomimetic dentists see no reason to take away normal, healthy tooth structure, so we use special layering techniques and advanced material to build up to the tooth, restoring it to its full shape and function. The material mimics natural enamel and will stand up to biting, chewing and other forces.
One of the most feared procedures in the world of dentistry is quite possibly the most misunderstood. A root canal is the area inside of a tooth that contains both the tooth’s pulp and its nerve. When a tooth becomes infected, a root canal procedure becomes necessary to prevent issues such as chronic pain and eventual tooth loss. We may suggest a root canal procedure if a patient is experiencing symptoms of an infected tooth. Common symptoms are a localized toothache, prolonged tooth sensitivity, swelling of the gums around a tooth, an abscess or pimple on the gums around a specific tooth and/or darkening of a tooth.