Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges

When it comes to cavities, it is important to remove them quickly. Cavities grow and cause havoc in our teeth.

When it comes to having a cavity filled, it’s important to know that you have the right to decide, (after consultation with your dentist), what treatments and materials are used for your dental care. Your dentist considers materials to use on an individualized basis, taking into account the size and location of your cavity. Cosmetic considerations, how long the filling could last, insurance coverage and out of pocket costs are some other factors you might want to consider.   You should talk with your dentist so that together you may choose the material that’s right for you.

Here are some common dental filling options:

  • Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.
  • Ceramic fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are composed of ceramic.  Ceramic has been used in dentistry many years due to its durability.  At Dr Paul J Smith we are an amalgam-free dentist!

Sometimes when a filling is too big our teeth will lose shape and need to be corrected. That’s where crowns become the most useful! They also protect weak teeth, and help your smile be the best it can be.

Bridges can fill in the space where teeth are missing or have been removed. “An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on the foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.”