Restoring your teeth to their original intended function and looks can take many forms, such as fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and root canal therapy.
The most common way to treat a cavity is for your dentist to remove the decay and fill the tooth with one of several different materials. These filling materials include tooth-colored plastic or composite resin, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper), and even gold. Mint Family Dental only recommends composite resin (tooth-colored filling). Silver Amalgam was a popular material in years past, however, it has many disadvantages.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They fill the vacant space using a false tooth with a crown on either side. The teeth on either side of a gap will be re-shaped by the dentist to allow space for crowns to be placed over them.
A crown or ‘cap’ completely covers a weak tooth and restores each tooth to its normal shape and size, while protecting and strengthening the tooth and enhancing the aesthetics. It can restore your appearance for chipped or fractured teeth, broken down fillings or teeth that are malformed, mal-positioned or discolored.
Complete And Partial Dentures
Dentures are a replacement option for missing teeth. A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
Root canal or Endodontic therapy is a procedure in which the dentist will remove diseased pulp from the center of your tooth and the root canals. Root canal therapy repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. Decades ago, root canal treatments were painful. With dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little if any pain with a root canal today.