When you think of a filling, you may automatically think of metal amalgam fillings. They’re inexpensive and durable, but they do contain mercury, which could be harmful. Cavities can still be filled with metal amalgam, but at the Smile Atelier, Dr. Ramdath uses a composite resin, or “white fillings” to fill the cavity. White fillings don’t need as much drilling as metal fillings do, so the rest of your tooth remains stronger. It’s matched to the color of your own teeth so you can smile and laugh openly! No one will know you had a cavity. Your teeth will look natural and untouched!
White fillings take skill to mold them into the shape of your tooth, and they take a little longer to complete. They’re strong and durable, and when you open your mouth, you might even forget you ever had a cavity!
Inlays and onlays cover more of the tooth’s surface than a filling does, and it will take two visits to complete them. The difference between an inlay and an onlay is how much of the tooth each one covers. An inlay covers the top of your tooth up to the cusps, the rounded edges of your tooth. An onlay is used to cover more of the tooth and extends beyond the cusps.
There are several reasons why Dr. Ramdath may recommend placing a porcelain crown to restore a tooth. You may need a dental crown when not enough of your tooth is left to support a filling, inlay, or onlay once the decay has been removed. Because you want to retain your natural tooth if at all possible, a crown – or cap – is the best solution to restore it rather than removing it. If you’ve lost one or more teeth entirely, a dental bridge is made of a false tooth with crowns that are attached to the surrounding teeth to hold the false tooth in place.
A crown is also placed on top of dental implants once they’ve been surgically placed in your jaw bone. They are also used to restore a broken tooth or on top of a tooth that has had root canal surgery.
A partial denture is used to replace lost teeth when one or more of your natural teeth remain. The replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base that is removable.
When dentures don’t fit correctly or securely enough, then the jaw bones don’t get enough stimulation through chewing to keep them strong. As a result, they deteriorate and can’t support the muscles in your face, causing it to sag and wrinkle.
Dr. Ramdath can fit you with partials that are much more secure than the dentures of the past. They’ll make it easier to speak or chew and will help you keep the shape of your face.
Full dentures are needed when all of your teeth are missing because of disease, trauma, or accidents. The thought of full dentures may fill you with dread because you’re afraid they won’t look natural, or won’t fit correctly and slip, or you won’t be able to eat a lot of your favorite foods.
But the key to successful dentures is a superior, close fit. The more secure your dentures are, the better your jaw will get the chewing stimulation it needs to stay strong and maintain its shape. If it doesn’t, then it deteriorates and can’t support the muscles and skin of your face. Your face can lose its shape, and begin to sag or wrinkle prematurely.
If you need endodontic surgery, know more commonly as a root canal, Dr. Ramdath will suggest an endodontist who is well-known and respected in your area to perform it. Once the root canal is complete, she will place a crown over the treated tooth.
Root canal treatment is performed by an endodontist and usually can be completed in one easy visit under local anesthetic. A root canal is necessary when the nerve of a tooth is involved due to extensive decay or fracture, or the tooth is infected. It can also be necessary to provide extra stability for a crown. An endodontist is expertly specialized in removing the nerve and infection so that you can keep your tooth.
Once your root canal has been completed, the tooth structure can be a bit brittle and may fracture if you chew on it. Dr. Ramdath will stabilize and prepare the tooth for a crown, which will enable you to chew normally on the tooth once more.
We perform simple tooth extractions in our office. If you have complex medical conditions or your extractions are more complicated, such as impacted wisdom teeth or a tooth that has become tightly fused to the bone, we will coordinate your treatment with an oral surgeon.