For almost everyone, restorations are inevitable. This is because tooth decay is an infectious disease that affects up to 99% of the population. Moreover, as we age, our teeth become weaker and can break, chip and crack with wear and tear. Restorations like fillings, crowns and bridges are necessary because teeth cannot self-repair after permanent damage. When providing restorations, Dr. Heap and our staff at Beautiful Dentistry strive to improve more than just oral health. We aim to restore appearance and oral function.
Restoring damaged and diseased teeth does not mean that a patient’s appearance has to suffer. At Beautiful Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored restorations – including composite resin fillings and porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays. Composite resin is a compound that is biocompatible and natural looking. It bonds to the teeth quite well, making it a durable restoration. As for more extensive restorations such as inlays and crowns, patients can choose porcelain, which perfectly blends in with the color of a tooth and reflects light the way that natural tooth structure does.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are highly customized because they are much more extensive restorations than fillings, inlays or onlays. Crowns are shaped like a tooth and cover all tooth structure above the gums. Bridges are a series of crowns that are used to replace lost teeth. A bridge anchors on each side to biological teeth and can replace up to a series of four teeth. Crowns and bridges can be constructed from a few different types of materials, including metals like gold and silver and natural compounds like porcelain. Another natural-looking and durable option for these restorations is porcelain fused to metal.
While many crowns and bridges are custom made in dental laboratories, Dr. Heap offers same-day crowns that are milled on site at our practice as a convenience to our patients. Using revolutionary computer software (E4D) and a high-tech milling machine, our dentist can place a permanent, custom crown on the same day as a patient’s initial appointment. This service greatly reduces wait time for a custom restoration. E4D can also mill porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays.
Using the same compound as tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding involves applying composite resin to damaged areas of teeth. This treatment can fill in cracks and fractures and repair chipped teeth. Dental bonding has both restorative and cosmetic applications.
To schedule a checkup or cleaning at Beautiful Dentistry, call our practice today.