Restorative Dentistry: Fillings, Crowns and Root Canals
Whenever possible, we strive to help you restore your teeth that are at risk. Our goal is to help you keep their natural smile as long as possible through modern restorative dentistry solutions. Contact us today to schedule a convenient consultation. Together, we can find the best solution for you!
Today there are several materials used to fill and restore a tooth once the cavity, or decay, has been removed. At Berardi Dentistry, we use composite resin to restore many teeth. Composite resin fillings are mechanically and chemically bonded to the tooth—improving upon traditional silver amalgam fillings. The composite material comes in a variety of different shades. We will select a composite resin that matches the shade of your tooth, and will place it inside the tooth. We use an advanced light-curing process to harden it. Once cured, the filling is shaped to the natural shape of your tooth, and polished.
A crown can restore teeth that are damaged, and can repair worn or discolored teeth. Crowns create a more natural shape and brighter shade. When a crown procedure is performed, the tooth structure is gently reduced. We leave about 80% for support. An impression is taken and sent to a local lab where your new crown will be made. In the meantime, we will securely place a temporary crown on your tooth for a few days. The most popular materials for crowns are porcelain and porcelain fused to precious metal. Porcelain, or all-ceramic, crowns offer a durable, beautiful and natural look matched to the exact shade of your tooth.
Teeth are living structures of the body. They are sustained by an artery, vein, and nerve. These tissues form the pulp of the tooth, and run in and out of the tooth through its canals. A deep cavity or fracture can damage the pulp by allowing bacteria to cause an infection. When the infection grows, pressure builds, and the tooth begins to ache and throb causing the tooth's pulp tissue to become necrotic, or die. The pulp tissue is then removed from each root thus eliminating the progression of the infection. If untreated, the bacteria will work into the surrounding bone forming a dental abcess.
Modern root canals are comfortable and can often be completed in a single office visit. The procedure involves a simple removal of the infection and filling the tooth's canals with a special filling material. The tooth is now non-living, but stays strong within healthy bone and gum tissue. Because the tooth then is somewhat brittle, we typically add a crown to prevent any further damage.