All About Smiles only uses modern, mercury-free, tooth colored fillings for your health and benefit. Less tooth structure needs to be removed for these fillings because they are bonded to the tooth, restoring the tooth to its original strength. The tooth looks natural and is less sensitive to cold and hot than it would be with the older metal fillings.
Years ago when people went to the dentist to get a cavity repaired they were left with dark, ugly metal (silver) fillings. Porcelain inlays and onlays eliminate the unsightly metallic fillings that most dentists used in the past and will brighten a smile immensely. Patients will regain their self-confidence, knowing those dark fillings are a thing of the past.
Sometimes it is necessary to clean out diseased pulp from inside of a tooth. It may have become infected because of a deep cavity or fracture that allowed bacteria to seep in or it may have been injured due to trauma. What was once a somewhat uncomfortable, two or three visit procedure can now usually be completed in one visit with minimal discomfort. We use an electronic device to quickly and accurately find the tip of the root and then clean the canal with the aid of a surgical microscope and ultrasonic instrumentation.
With our intraoral camera, our doctors create digital impressions that are sent to our same-day CEREC milling unit. In a matter of minutes your new tooth restoration is created while you wait.
Because missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and prematurely wear, or your jawbone to shrink, All About Smiles sometimes recommends a bridge. A bridge is usually crafted with connecting crowns on adjacent teeth to bridge a gap in your smile. These are natural looking porcelain restorations that feel and function like natural teeth.
Crowns and bridges, as well as implants with modern, natural-looking materials can close very wide gaps and restore function, appearance, and the proportion of your smiling face. If more than half of your tooth has been restored with a filling, a crown is necessary. Without adequate support, the tooth may break away around the filling. As a rule, when fillings get larger, teeth become weaker. That is why a crown is necessary. A crown covers the entire tooth and holds it together. Crowns are used when large fillings wear out, when a tooth is cracked, or when cosmetic improvements must be made on teeth. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth, look great and literally bridge the gap where one or more teeth may have been. They fill the unsightly spaces left by missing teeth.
Dentures can help take the place of missing natural teeth. Dentures allow patients to chew and speak more easily while improving their appearance and often boosting self-confidence. Full dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth need to be replaced. Partial dentures, or bridges, are used when only a few teeth are missing. In either case, dentures can help you look and feel your best.
Implants offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth for those patients who are suitable candidates for this treatment. Dental implants have become a choice treatment option for many patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a replacement tooth “root” constructed of medical grade titanium. Dental implants are extremely stable, strong and natural looking. Patients with dental implants are able to eat, smile, and laugh without fear of embarrassment that their denture may slip or click, or that their bridge will trap food.