Composite (Tooth Color Fillings) and Amalgam Fillings (Silver Fillings)
If we used a local anesthetic, your mouth (including lips and tongue) may be numb for several hours following your appointment.
If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they don't bite on their numb lips or tongue (it may cause injury to their soft tissue).
Do not bite or chew directly on your newly filled tooth for 24 hours. If possible, try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot, cold, air, pressure, or sweet foods for up to 4-6 weeks following your appointment. There should be improvement as time progresses. Sensitivity toothpastes such as Sensodyne or Pronamel can reduce sensitivity significantly. If sensitivity persists or increases, call our office.
Your gums may be sore for several days. This will subside with time. Rinse three times a day with salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) to reduce pain and swelling.
Some patients experience referred pain. With this type of pain, you experience pain or sensitivity in other teeth besides the one that received the filling. There is likely nothing wrong with your teeth and the pain will go away on its own.
Please be aware that if the decay was very deep to the pulp of the tooth, the tissue may no longer be healthy and a root canal may be necessary.
Call our office if you are experiencing continuous aching, throbbing, or if it is keeping you up at night.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crown are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns are serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth mush usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
Caring for your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Fixed Bridge (can not remove in and out of mouth)
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliance that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometime referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridges appliances.