Restorative Dental Care

Restorative Dental Care

Dental Fillings

tooth-colored-fillingsIf you need a filling to repair the damage caused by dental decay, the team at Nocona Dental offers patients restorations that seamlessly blend into your natural smile. Not only do our porcelain fillings match the color and contour of your smile, they also help to protect your teeth from the future effects of decay.

Due to the strain we place on them on a daily basis, fillings can begin to break down around the edges, which can cause the surrounding tooth structure to weaken. If you have received fillings over the years, Nocona family dentist Dr. Benjamin Anderson will closely monitor your current fillings for any signs of future decay.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

Composite fillings look natural while also helping to reverse the effects of tooth decay and provide additional support to teeth weakened by decay. The use of composite fillings can greatly improve the appearance and function of any smile. Dental fillings made from composite materials come in a variety of shades that allow Dr. Anderson to match the color of the surrounding tooth structures. In most cases, it only takes one visit to place a composite filling.

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

Amalgam fillings, more commonly referred to as silver fillings, have been the primary filling material used by dentists for decades. While amalgam fillings are typically safe and effective at protecting teeth from future tooth decay, they are a less attractive option that offers a variety of disadvantages.

The metal in amalgam fillings can cause stains to develop on the surface of your teeth and gums. The metal in amalgam fillings can also expand and contract, which can crack the structure of your teeth.

Even though amalgam fillings can work perfectly for years, they can also weaken a tooth, which can fracture a tooth and contribute to future dental decay. At Nocona Dental, Dr. Anderson will closely monitor dental fillings for the signs of wear so he can better protect your smile now and in the future.

Dental Bridges

A smile that’s missing one or more teeth can negatively impact your ability to eat, speak and maintain quality oral hygiene. Dental bridges offer Dr. Anderson an alternative for replacing missing teeth. Based on your individual needs, Dr. Anderson offers several options when it coms to selecting the right type of dental bridge.

dental-bridgeDental bridges are made from a variety of substances, including gold, porcelain and a combination of both. Dental bridges are custom-crafted to naturally fit bite and smile. It typically takes two appointments to place a dental bridge.

Dr. Anderson will first prepare the teeth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth before taking a dental impression of your teeth. Dr. Anderson will place a temporary bridge to protect your smile until a laboratory has completed the creation of your custom bridge.

It’s important to practice quality daily oral hygiene to protect your dental bridge and the surrounding teeth that hold the bridge into position. It’s critically important that the neighboring teeth stay in good health, as the bridge relies on them for support.

Removable Dentures

Depending on your individual needs, dentures offer a great solution for replacing missing teeth. Patients have several options for dentures that include:

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  • Complete Dentures – This type of denture completely replaces your top and bottom teeth, helping to restore the form and function of your smile.
  • Overdentures – An overdenture fits securely over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants.
  • Partial Dentures – Partial denture complete a patient’s smile using clasps that attach to healthy teeth to fill out the spaces left by missing teeth. Partial dentures use your remaining natural teeth as a support rather than latching onto dental implants.

Due to use and wear, every type of denture will need to eventually be realigned or replaced in order to maintain proper jaw alignment, which will gradually change as the underlying gum and bone structure shrinks following tooth extraction.

Regular dental examinations from Nocoa family dentist Dr. Benjamin Anderson become vital to preventing oral tissues from changing and to lowering your risk of gum disease.

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants provide support for dentures, dental bridges and dental crowns.

dental implant 3 Louisville dentistDental implants are titanium posts that act as a replacement for the natural roots of a tooth. Implants must be surgically placed into your jaw bone to act as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. Dental implants look so natural that many people can never tell the difference between a crown or bridge and a natural tooth.

Dental implants offer a variety of advantages, including improved function and stability. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges, and offer the same force for biting as bridges. Best of all, they will last a lifetime if properly maintained.

A dental implant requires no alterations to the adjacent teeth. Diligent daily oral hygiene is required for implants to stay clean and healthy. It’s also important to regularly visit with Nocona dentist Dr. Benjamin Anderson for cleanings and dental exams to keep your new smile healthy for a lifetime.