- Resin Fillings
- Ceramic Crowns
- Fixed Bridges
- Implant Restorations
- Cosmetic Bonding
Resin fillings – Resin fillings are tooth colored fillings alternative to traditional mercury fillings. They are used when there is small decay in a portion of the tooth, when we want to replace small mercury fillings, and when we want to maintain a white, beautiful smile.
How are they done? After tooth decay is cleaned out, resin is layered into the tooth, and then is hardened (cured) with a light. The filling is then shaped and polished to match the tooth.
Advantages: They are environmentally nontoxic; they are stronger because they bond to the tooth and protect the tooth from fracturing.
Disadvantages: They are more expensive than mercury fillings. Resin fillings take more time and are more difficult to place. But in the long run it is an investment in your health.
Alternatives: When there is extensive decay, ceramic onlays or ceramic crowns are the only alternatives, as they are more durable in the long run.
Inlays/ Onlays – Inlays are similar to fillings with the exception that they are custom made in a lab to fit the cavity in your tooth. Inlays are made of porcelain and match the color of your tooth.
Onlays are used when more tooth structure has to be removed due to decay or fracture. Onlays require less tooth structure to be removed than for a crown.
Inlays and onlays are laser bonded to each tooth with special materials. This maintains the original color and shape of the tooth, strengthens the tooth, and prevents cracking, resulting in optimal esthetics and long-term durability.
Ceramic Crowns – Ceramic crowns are used for badly decayed teeth, fractured teeth, and to protect and strengthen teeth. A crown covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. They are very strong, and they can prevent the need for a root canal or extraction if placed before the tooth has a chance to fracture. A crown eventually will need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.
Fixed Bridges – These are a great way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They can be made of porcelain or gold, made to fill in the gap and stop movement of other teeth, provide chewing ability, and prevent future jaw pain. They are durable but eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear. If the use of a fixed bridge is not feasible, the best alternative is a removable bridge (partial denture) or implant.
Implant restorations – Implant restorations are crowns made for implant posts, they are made once the bone has grown around the implant. We prefer to use ceramic crowns for implants. Dr. Petre works with an oral surgeon who places the ceramic implant.
Reasons you may want to consider dental implants: to replace one or more teeth, to provide support for a partial denture, to increase support and stability of full upper or lower dentures, and to enhance chewing support.
Cosmetic Bonding – Cosmetic bonding is the placement of resin fillings on front teeth, used to improve color, shape, and teeth alignment. It is a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers and a very conservative method, as little tooth is removed.
Bonding completely reshapes your teeth for a beautiful, white smile. Bonding is mainly for stained or discolored teeth, gaps between front teeth, crooked teeth, worn down teeth, and teeth too small or too large in proportion to the rest of the mouth