Restorations Include Many Forms
Restorations can take many forms, from traditional gold crowns to tooth replicas made of high-tech tooth-colored material. In any case, you will have made an investment in preserving your dental health for years to come.
Cosmetic Dentistry: Plan Your Smile
An important part of planning a smile is a comprehensive dental exam. Cosmetic dentistry offers an amazing array of lifelike tooth restorations and treatments; but first, any conditions in your mouth that might disrupt a good result must be taken care of.
If your teeth are discolored, for example, the reason must be determined. You may have an underlying dental disease that needs to be treated before whitening your teeth; otherwise, the whitening may not last. Likewise, if you often drink red wine or other beverages that stain, you might do better with porcelain veneers than bleaching treatments. Schedule A Dentist Appointment in Tulsa>>
I want Fillings That look Natural
You can have fillings that match the natural color of your teeth so well that nobody will tell the difference. Scientific studies and clinical experience have shown that tooth-colored restorations (fillings) are safe, reliable and long-lasting.
Tooth-colored fillings offer an aesthetic alternative to “silver” (dental amalgam) fillings. Composites also allow for a more conservative treatment method that preserves more of the tooth’s structure. When you put these advantages together, it’s no wonder amalgam restorations are considered by many, a thing of the past.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a blend, or “composite,” of plastic resins and silica fillers. These substances mimic many of the qualities of natural tooth structure, such as wear-resistance and translucency. Dental composites also help strengthen teeth.
When Can Tooth-Colored Fillings Be Used?
Composite resins are generally appropriate for small to moderate-sized restorations — which encompass the most common types of fillings. They are durable, fracture-resistant, and able to withstand chewing pressure. Depending on how much of the tooth needs restoration, the procedure may be accomplished in just one visit. Alternatively, if a large volume of tooth material must be replaced, a part may be fabricated outside the mouth and later bonded to the tooth. Come in and consult with us let us help you understand the options. Our Tulsa staff can explain the appropriate options and help you select the best way to proceed with treatment. Get An Amazing Looking Smile in Tulsa>>
The Process of Filling a Tooth |Tulsa Dentistry
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be filled or restored: decay and chipping are two common ones. No matter which material is chosen, the procedure is almost the same. After the area has been anesthetized (usually by a numbing injection), the tooth is “prepared” by removing decay and making it ready for the restoration. Next, the filling material is placed directly into the tooth. Once it has securely bonded to the tooth structure, the process is essentially complete.
Charles Calhoun, DDS