Our mouth is naturally inhabited by thousands of strains of Bacteria. Every time you eat something, you are feeding the bacteria which in turn produces strong acids that eats away at your teeth. If you don’t frequently remove this sticky bacterial layer (plaque) around your teeth by brushing and flossing, the bacteria will keep destroying your tooth structure slowly until you get a hole in your tooth. These holes are known by many names, such as tooth decay, cavities, and dental caries.
We will diagnose cavities through multiple techniques such as clinical probing under magnification loupes, digital x-rays and your symptoms of discomfort if any. Once diagnosed, the decayed tooth structure along with all the bacteria is removed, the tooth is conditioned and restored with tooth-colored material called “composite resin”. Composite resins contain small “filler” particles of glass like material for strength and wear resistance. They contain the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. These fillings will serve you well for several years if you ensure keeping them clean. Composite resins are mercury-free.
Inlays and onlays are lab fabricated restorations used to repair back teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of tooth decay left. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a crown.
A dental inlay or onlay is bigger than a filling and smaller than a crown. It is bonded or cemented into place. An inlay is similar to a filling, but it lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of your tooth and made of strong porcelain. An onlay is larger than an inlay. It replaces one or more decayed cusps.
Crowns are usually recommended after root canal therapy and replacement of large old silver fillings to protect the teeth from fracture at the gum line. Your dentist can restore your damaged teeth and greatly improve their strength, appearance, and longevity with individually custom-fitted and manufactured porcelain Dental Crowns which resemble the shade and contour of your natural teeth.
First, your dentist will reduce and contour the tooth. An impression of your teeth and gums is made and sent to a lab for fabrication. In the interim, you’ll receive a temporary Dental Crown. When your new Dental Crown is ready, it is placed on your tooth where it is then cemented in place.
The majority of dental benefit plans cover part of the costs.