A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Modjadidi can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.
Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Porcelain crowns are made to restore heavily filled or broken teeth. Crowns match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth. Types of bridges may vary, depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. Just like crowns although highly durable, they eventually will need to be replaced or re-cemented.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions such as:
-severely discolored teeth or stained teeth
-slightly crooked or misshaped teeth
-unwanted spaces in teeth