A bridge is a one-piece, multi-tooth restoration that is often recommended to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is secured to teeth surrounding the empty space to provide you with a natural looking replacement. This is a great option to complete your smile and strengthen your bite.
Dental implants are often recommended to replace missing teeth. Implants are surgically placed in the jaw where the missing teeth were and after a period of healing, a crown is made to be placed on the implant. Implants are an excellent restorative option because it avoids the need to prepare healthy teeth for a bridge procedure.
Sometimes teeth may need to be removed if they are not restorable. At Preserve Dentistry, simple extractions can be completed with local anesthetic. If the procedure proves to be more complicated, we will refer to one of our local oral surgeons.
Root canal treatment may be suggested to patients when signs of infection are detected on an exam or x-ray, or when a patient’s symptoms indicate that the nerve of a tooth is dead or dying. This procedure allows you to keep your natural tooth rather than have a replacement. Root canals can be done with local anesthesia and can be completed in one or more visits.
Composite fillings are tooth colored restorations that utilize synthetic resin materials to replace small portions of a tooth that have tooth decay or that have been broken. Our office uses the highest quality materials on the market today for this type of filling procedure. These restorations are bonded to the teeth using the most current adhesive techniques.
Amalgam or silver fillings have been in use in dental procedures for nearly 100 years and have a proven track record of being an affordable and durable material. An amalgam is a combination of materials that include silver, copper, tin and mercury that when mixed together form a strong alloy. For those interested in learning more, please visit www.ada.org.