Composite or resin materials give you an alternative choice for your fillings that can accurately match your natural tooth color and restore decayed or broken teeth. White fillings also can preserve more natural tooth structure than traditional metal fillings.
White fillings provide an alternative to traditional silver or amalgam fillings of the past. White fillings are of resin-based composites that can repair teeth that have cavities, cracks, fractures or chips. Composite materials come in a variety of different colors and shades that will be selected by our dentists to accurately and naturally match the unique tooth color.
What should I expect when receiving a composite filling?
While composite fillings are not lifetime and may have to be replaced someday, they are quite durable and long-lasting. Composite fillings are typically completed in one visit to our office. Anesthetic is typically required to remove all of the cavity, old failing filling materials, cracks and any defective tooth structure. After complete removal, the correctly colored composite material will be used to fill the areas where the tooth structure was removed. The composite filling will then be shaped and polished to the correct anatomy and bite that should feel comfortable and natural.
Inlays & Onlays:
In addition to white composite filling materials, gold, resin, or porcelain materials can also be used to rebuild teeth. Inlays made of these different materials can be made to repair teeth that have large defective fillings or decay. Onlays are used instead of fillings and inlays when the tooth is more damaged and extends beyond the center part of the tooth. Inlays and onlays can be made of both resin and porcelain, both of which can nicely match your tooth color and be very natural looking.
How would I benefit from an inlay?
Inlays can be utilized instead of fillings because they have a decrease the chance of bacterial leakage, decrease chance of fractures, and decrease early replacement of the restoration. We are proud to offer the ability to fabricate porcelain inlays in a single appointment with our CEREC CAD/CAM technology, avoiding the need for impressions, temporaries, and a second delivery appointment. On that appointment, the old filling or cavity will be removed, prepared and shaped to fit the personalized inlay that remarkably blend in with your tooth’s anatomy and unique color.
How would I benefit from an onlay?
Onlays are often referred to as “partial crowns,” meaning they are larger than inlays and white fillings but not as big as a crown (“cap”). Onlays are selectively designed to replace only the damaged parts of the tooth, leaving the undamaged parts of the tooth untouched. These are popular and desired because they are more conservative options than crowns and can still closely resemble your natural tooth. Like inlays, we also have the ability to fabricate porcelain onlays in a single appointment with our CEREC CAD/CAM technology, avoiding the need for impressions, temporaries, and a second delivery appointment. During the appointment, the old filling material, cavity and badly damaged part of the tooth will be removed, the tooth will be precisely prepared and shaped to fit a personalized onlay that will mimic the tooth’s natural shape and color.
Crowns, commonly known as a tooth-like “cap,” are used in situations where the majority of the natural tooth is badly damaged. A “cap” covers the remaining tooth and is cemented to give the maximum support and protect the tooth from further damage. We offer patients in our Huntington Beach office the ability to have beautiful all-porcelain crowns delivered in a single visit with CEREC CAD/CAM technology, maximizing our patient’s time, comfort and esthetics.
What is a crown?
Crowns can be made with a variety of materials, but all-porcelain crowns are more biocompatible and more esthetic than most metal crowns. All-porcelain crowns are also highly durable and should last many years. All-porcelain crowns are fabricated to mimic the shape, size and color of your other natural teeth.
What’s involved in receiving a crown?
The traditional way of getting a crown involves two visits. On the first visit, the tooth is prepared to fit a crown, a final mould or impression is taken of that tooth and then a temporary crown is placed over the tooth while the outside dental laboratory makes the crown. The lag period between the first appointment and receiving the crown is typically a few weeks, during which patients may experience discomforts or inconveniences from temporaries that are poorly fitting and not as strongly glued as the permanent crowns. Our office recognizes the issues that our patients have had with temporaries in the past and has invested in the CEREC CAD/CAM technology to deliver final, permanent and beautiful looking all-porcelain crowns in a single visit.
How can you make a beautiful CEREC crown?
Utilizing CEREC has revolutionized our practice and we are proud to be able to offer this service to our patients. Unlike traditional crowns appointments, no final impression or temporary will typically need to be made. Instead, the tooth in question is prepared for a crown while our patients are numb. Upon finishing the preparation, our CEREC Bluecam is used to scan and take pictures of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth. This “digital” impression produces a virtual model of your teeth in their correct bite that is displayed in remarkable precision and accuracy on our CEREC computer monitor. From here, our skilled dentists can digitally design your unique crown to blend in with your adjacent teeth by mimicking their shape, size, contours, anatomy and shade. Once the crown has been accurately designed, Bluetooth technology sends our proposed design to our in office Milling Unit where your permanent crown is precisely yet quickly fabricated in the desired porcelain type and color. Your crown is then cemented permanently to your prepared tooth, eliminating a second visit and saving you time and avoiding problems with your temporary.
Bridges & Implants:
Bridges and implant restorations can replace missing teeth. Bridges fill in a missing tooth with two or more crowns and an artificial tooth (“pontic”) in between. Implants are a newer technology that uses a titanium component which acts as an artificial “tooth root” that supports the crown in the area where a tooth is missing.
Dental bridges are an excellent options to consider when:
- You need to replace missing teeth
- You need to restore chewing/speaking ability
- You’d like to prevent teeth from drifting out of their normal position
- You prefer a restoration that is cemented permanently and cannot be removed like complete and partial dentures
Unlike complete and partial dentures, dental bridges are cemented permanently and cannot be removed. There are different materials that bridges can be made of that work best for your specific situation. We are here to help you choose the material that will last many years and also mimic your natural teeth.
What’s involved in receiving a bridge?
Two appointments is typically needed to get your permanent bridge. On the first appointment, the teeth to support the bridge are prepared like a normal crowns and a highly accurate impression or mold is taken of your jaw. This impression is sent to our dental laboratory to fabricate your specific dental bridge utilizing the materials we chose together. At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully examined and adjusted for your comfort and esthetics. Your bridge will then be permanently cemented on and fixed to your teeth, filling in the area previously missing a tooth.
**Section on dental implants is seen below**
Dentures or Implant Supported Dentures:
Dentures have traditionally been used to restore function and esthetics when you have multiple missing teeth. Dentures are made with wires and acrylic plates that can function quite nicely when made well. Implant supported dentures provide the benefit of significantly increasing retention, stability, and function compared to traditional removable partial and complete dentures.
Dentures can either be complete or partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of your teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when you have some teeth remaining and you need to replace those that are missing.
Conventional vs Immediate Dentures
Both partial and complete dentures can either be made the conventional or immediate way. If utilizing the conventional way, the bad teeth will be removed and about 4-8 weeks is then needed to allow for proper healing of your tissue and bone before dentures are fabricated. During this healing time, you will be without teeth. In the immediate method, the bad teeth are removed and dentures are delivered the same day, never leaving you without teeth. The dentures will require many adjustments however, given the tissue and bone will continue to change over its healing time. Deciding which option is best for you happens with you and our dentists at the initial appointment.
What’s involved in making my dentures?
Fabricating well-fitted, custom and natural looking dentures takes several appointments that typically can occur over a few weeks. Impressions or mold of your teeth are first needed, followed by an appointment to accurately capture your true and most comfortable bite. During the process, we will also choose the shape, color and size of the denture teeth that will maximize the final function and beauty of your new smile. The delivery of the conventional or immediate dentures often requires many adjustments and modifications until they begin to feel comfortable. This process of getting used to the dentures and the time it takes to properly function varies from patient to patient. Proper cleaning of your new dentures along with good oral hygiene and regular visits will increase the longevity of them.
Full Mouth Reconstruction:
Full mouth reconstruction is usually elected when major deterioration of your mouth is present or when changes to your bite are required. This procedure allows you and the dentist latitude in selecting specific size, shape and arrangement of your teeth. Many people receive the benefit of improved bite and jaw function and decreased tension and discomfort of the TMJ system.
Why should I consider a full mouth reconstruction?
If you have badly damaged teeth, chronic gum disease, imbalanced bite, missing teeth, or are suffering from symptoms of TMD (headaches, jaw pain, clicking/popping jaw sounds), then you may be a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. At your initial visit, one of our dentists will perform a thorough evaluation, take x-rays, evaluate possible TMD/neuromuscular problems and gain an understanding of your previous dental history along with your specific desires and concerns. Each full mouth reconstruction case is uniquely tailored to fit and address each of our patient’s dental needs and desires. Different treatment options will be given to each patient based on their specific concerns.
What’s involved in completely transforming my smile?
Successfully completing a full mouth reconstruction will require many visits and a variety of different dental procedures. Teeth that were previously worn, chipped or missing will be reconstructed and brought back to their original, youthful appearance. Each case is highly customizable, and we invite you to visit us for a consultation to discuss the different options and to visualize how you can obtain the smile you have long been wanting.