Traditionally silver fillings, also known as amalgam, have been placed as the primary restorative material when needing a cavity filled. Many individuals prefer not to have unaesthetic filling placed today. However, there are a few reasons, other than cosmetic, as to why Dr. Nielson at Northern Smiles Family Dental does not use this to restore teeth. Over time, these silver filling can expand and contract with hot/cold and can eventually lead to a cracked tooth. Once the tooth cracks, there are many instances where the tooth may not be saved and will need to be removed. Due to this, Dr. Nielson will place white filling material to restore any lost tooth structure that is minimal. White fillings will help strengthen the tooth and look more natural when you smile. These fillings also come in a wide array of shades that allow us to match the color of the filling material to your tooth.
There are many instances where your tooth may require the placement of a crown. Usually the tooth has had a large filling placed before that is now failing, cracks, part of the tooth has broken off or even if the tooth has had a root canal completed on it. Crown can be made of many different material that range from an all metal crown, mixed metal and porcelain or even a full porcelain crown. However, nothing is more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes other than an all porcelain crown that matches your other teeth without any metal showing. Typically when you need a crown, there is an appointment to prepare the tooth where a temporary is made after taking a messy, gooey impression. A subsequent visit is then required in order to remove the temporary and cement the crown in place.
At Northern Smiles Family Dental, we have invested in some of the most cutting-edge technology that allows us to reduce the amount of time that you need to spend in the dental chair. There is no need for those messy, gooey dental impressions or even the temporary crown. With the use of the Cerec Omnicam, we are able to scan your tooth digitally and fabricate your individualized crown while you are in the chair allowing you to leave with a beautiful all porcelain crown permanently cemented.
Currently Dr. Nielson does not place implants after the loss of a tooth. Currently he will have you see one of the local Oral Surgeon or Periodontist for accurate placement of the implant. Once the implant has healed and you have been given the approval for the crown to be placed on the implant, Dr. Nielson will taken an impression of the implant where then the connector piece, known as the abutment, and the final crown can be fabricated. Once those individual pieces have been made, we have you return for final placement of the abutment and crown on your implant.
There are some occasions where a dental implant may not be able to be placed. In this instance, a dental bridge may be an option for you. Dental bridges have been used for many years and can be a cost-effective option for bridging the gap between two other teeth. The final bridge that is cemented in your mouth will have a replacement tooth where the missing tooth currently is. Once cemented in place, your bridge will stay in place. Dental bridge typically take 2-3 weeks to complete.