Dental Restorations - Fillings & Crowns

Dr. Richardson provides a variety of the newest restorative dentistry options for your benefit. Treatment of cavities depends on how severe they are and your particular situation. Treatment options include:

Fillings

A filling is material that replaces decayed areas of your teeth once damage becomes permanent. Fillings, sometimes called restorations, are the main treatment option when decay has progressed beyond the earliest enamel-erosion stage.

Dr. Richardson removes the decayed part of your tooth, then fills the gap to restore your tooth's shape. Fillings are made of various materials, such as tooth-colored composite resins, porcelain, or combinations of several materials. Silver amalgam fillings contain a variety of materials, including small amounts of mercury.

Some people don't like using amalgam fillings because they fear possible adverse health effects from the mercury. Medical studies have shown these fillings to be safe and long-lasting. Dr. Richardson will discuss which options are available.

Crowns

If you have extensive decay or weakened teeth, you may need a crown rather than a filling to treat your cavity and restore your tooth. A crown is a custom-fitted covering that replaces your tooth's entire natural crown.

Dr. Richardson will drill away all the decayed area and enough of the rest of your tooth to ensure a good fit for the crown. Crowns may be made of gold, ceramic, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.

Bridges

Tooth Extractions

Some teeth become so severely decayed that they can't be restored — they must be removed. Having a tooth extracted can leave a gap that allows your other teeth to shift. If possible, consider getting a bridge or a dental implant to replace the missing tooth.

 

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