Restoring your teeth can be accomplished in a number of ways.
- Fillings restore wholeness to a tooth affected by minimal decay. Treating a “cavity” means cleaning out the decay and then filling the area with a tooth-colored material.
- Crowns are caps placed over the exterior of a tooth with moderate to extensive decay to restore shape, strength and appearance.
- Bridges function just the way they sound. They are crowns that bridge, or fill in the gap between teeth. Bridges are cemented into place and are permanent.
- Implants are also a permanent method for restoring missing teeth. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of a tooth. Once in place, implants anchor a crown, bridge or dentures.
- Root canals are a treatment to clean out diseased or dead nerves in the innermost layer of a tooth. When the nerve is damaged, surrounding tissue is also damaged. If not treated, the tooth could become infected and painful and need to be removed. Teeth that have had a root canal will be restored with a crown.
- Dentures are removable appliances which replace all of the teeth (complete dentures) or replace partially missing teeth (partial dentures).