Fillings can repair your tooth if it is affected by minor cracks, decay, or fractures. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. In just one visit, the compromised section of your tooth is removed, while your remaining tooth will be cleaned and then filled. Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration used today and in the history of dentistry.
Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. The color of our composite fillings is matched closely to your existing teeth, so you will have a healthy and esthetically beautiful smile once again.
Fillings are placed in one appointment. When preparing your tooth for the filling, the dentist will remove all present tooth decay and then thoroughly clean the tooth. If the dental decay was close to the tooth’s nerve, the dentist may apply a special medication on the tooth to protect the nerve of the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, your composite filling will be placed, shaped, and polished.
After your treatment, Dr. Georgacopoulos and/or her Dental Assistant will teach you how to care for your new filling. When the treatment is first performed, it is normal to feel sensitivity in the filling. She will also help you manage any short-term sensitivity you may feel and let you know what actions to take to maintain your newly restored dental health.
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
- brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- flossing daily
- eating a balanced diet
- visiting our office every 6 months
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Crowns (or Caps) are fixed dental restorations that cover the tooth or teeth to restore them to their former shape and size. They are not removable. A dental crown will strengthen and protect teeth that are not stable enough to be restored with fillings or other dental restorations. You may need a dental crown for one or more of these reasons:
- One or more teeth has broken or fractured
- To enhance the cosmetic appeal of your smile
- Teeth have large amounts of decay
- To replace a large or fractured filling
- For placement after a root canal
At Axion Dental, we will customize your dental crown in shape, size, and color to fit flawlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. Once your crown is placed, you’ll be ready to chew again!
Bridges The difference between a crown and a bridge is that a crown is a single unit, fixed (or cemented) to the prepared tooth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Veneers If your front teeth suffer from gaps, chips, stains or discolorations, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. A veneer is a thin facing custom-made of the highest quality ceramic materials that are designed to fit perfectly over the front of your teeth. One of the most conservative cosmetic treatments available, veneers can mask a host of dental imperfections to give you the smile that you have always wanted. Porcelain veneers not only enhance and improve the shape of your teeth, they are able to create an overall whiter and brighter smile.
One of the most appealing aspects of the process of fabricating porcelain veneers is that they involve minimal tooth preparation and take just a few visits. Porcelain veneers, once they are fabricated and fitted, are permanently bonded to the underlying teeth. The result is a naturally pleasing smile that is both strong and durable.
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Dr. Georgacopoulos and her staff welcome you to Axion Dental, where dental artistry meets caring hands. Whether you’re a familiar face around our office, or brand new to the neighborhood, we want you to feel welcome when you’re here. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your dental needs. (708) 995-7495.