White fillings, made of either composite resin or porcelain, are the modern alternative to unsightly amalgam (silver fillings). Developments in the properties of these materials have made this treatment reliable and long lasting.
Apart from the appearance, there are a number of reasons why older fillings may need replacement, and we can use these newer, more aesthetic materials to do so. There are many reasons for choosing these types of fillings, including concerns with the use of mercury in older style amalgam fillings, and of course the better aesthetic result.
If your teeth are filled with older amalgam fillings, they could be at a high risk of fracturing. These can now also be rebuilt with tooth coloured restorations, preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure. Smiles can even be widened and brightened using this new technology.
Tooth Replacement (Bridges and Implants)
A bridge replaces a missing tooth by means of two, or more, crowns which are ‘bridged’ by an additional tooth over the site of the missing tooth.
A bridge will restore the shape, contour and function where teeth are missing. Replacement tooth or teeth are fused crowns that permanently cover the adjacent natural teeth, when dental implants are not an option. There are several types of bridges used to restore the teeth. Dr. Hammond will provide a thorough evaluation and discuss your options before your first appointment.
Partial and Full Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Complete dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place.
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.