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Restorative Dentistry

Composite Fillings    Crowns   Veneers   Bridges   Implants   Dentures

Composite Fillings

A tooth with a cavity needs Dr. Craft’s help. The fillings that Dr. Craft does are tooth-colored and bonded to the tooth using a special dental glue. Patients regularly request these fillings because they are more aesthetic than amalgam/silver fillings. Also, tooth-colored fillings are more “tooth friendly” as they do not cause cracking and fracture of the teeth like amalgam/silver fillings do.

Click here to hear Dr. Craft explain the steps of a filling.

Cavities form when minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel because acids – formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth – attack the enamel. More specifically, every time food is consumed, a specific bacteria in the mouth turns carbohydrates into acid. This acid “eats” tiny holes in the teeth that are too small to see. To compensate, minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel leads to tooth decay. The cavity size will increase until it reaches the nerve in the center of the tooth (Ouch!!) unless the tooth is fixed with a tooth-colored filling. The tooth then needs a root canal.

Listen to Dr. Craft explain this process in more detail!

Crowns

We expect a lot out of our teeth! They chew food at least three times every day, so it makes sense that they will need upkeep to make sure they stay strong. There are quite a few reasons why a tooth would need a crown:
• Fractured tooth
• Cracked tooth
• Tooth had a root canal procedure
• Cosmetics
• Tooth has a very large filling and the desire is to prevent a fracture

A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits over a tooth and is permanently cemented into place. A crown completely covers the tooth and is made of a material that can endure all of the mouth’s chewing forces. Crowns are much stronger than fillings. Typical materials are all-metal (gold or an alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-ceramic. Dr. Craft helps her patients determine which material is best for their tooth.

The crown procedure starts with Dr. Craft “prepping” the tooth, so that a crown can be fit to it. This feels exactly like having a filling done. Next, a impression, or mold, is taken of the tooth using a putty-like material, and this mold is sent to a laboratory, where the crown is made. The final step is to make a temporary crown to cover and protect the tooth until the final crown is ready. The temporary crown is cemented onto the tooth with a temporary cement, so that the crown can easily be removed from the tooth. At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is tried in to verify that it fits. Once Dr. Craft has checked the fit, the crown is placed on the tooth one last time with permanent cement.

Veneers

Veneers are a conservative treatment option for giving you a smile that you can show off with confidence! So many people shy away from smiling because of little imperfections that they notice in their front teeth. At PPFD, we know how important it is to feel great about your smile and are ready to help you!

What is a veneer exactly?

A veneer is a thin layer of a strong, porcelain-like restorative material that is cemented permanently to the front of a tooth. Veneers are custom made to help correct broken or chipped teeth, hide gaps, cover permanently stained teeth, and improve the overall esthetics of the smile. Interested in learning more? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Craft to talk about veneers as an option for YOUR smile!

Bridges

One option for replacing a missing tooth is a fixed partial denture, more commonly called a bridge. A bridge is cemented permanently in the mouth and cannot be removed once cemented. The teeth on both sides of the space are used to hold the replacement tooth in place. The procedure for a bridge closely follows that of a crown. The difference is that two teeth are involved instead of one.

Implants

An implant is as close as dentists have come to being able to replace a single tooth without the use of any other teeth in the mouth. Patients report that implants feel and function almost identical to their original tooth. Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.

The implant procedure is comprised of two steps: post placement and crown restoration. Typically, a surgeon gently places a post within the bone, and the post is left alone to heal for a few months. During this time, the bone will form around the post and lock it into place. After the post is completely stable with no movement, the implant post is ready for a tooth. At this point, the patient sees Dr. Craft, who carries out the necessary steps to make a tooth that fits on top of the post. Once the tooth is permanently fixed to the implant post, the tooth is ready for chewing!

Dentures

Dentures come in two forms – complete and partial. A complete denture replaces an entire arch (upper or lower) of teeth, and a partial denture replaces only a few teeth.

A partial denture uses the remaining natural teeth as anchors for holding it in place. Not only does it fill in teeth for chewing, but it also prevents the other teeth from shifting. A partial denture is removable and should be cleaned daily. It usually consists of the replacement teeth attached to a pink plastic base which is supported by a metal framework.

The fabrication of both types of dentures requires a series of appointments where records and impressions are made. Dentures are a treatment option that restores function and a beautiful, confident smile!

Please make an appointment with Dr. Craft to find out if you would benefit from a complete or partial denture. She will help to answer all of your questions!

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