Our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, infrequent checkups, and other risk factors. This is why we also specialize in restorative dentistry. At Special Care Dentistry of Oregon, our restorative services are designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. There are generally two types of fillings: tooth-colored and amalgam. Because they are more resistant to decay, amalgam fillings on back teeth can be particularly helpful in instances where oral hygiene is poor. Many fillings these days consist of a tooth-colored material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth. Dr. Summers will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to each type of filling at your consultation appointment.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently cement the crown to the tooth. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics. Other times, patients select a gold crown for its unparalleled longevity (you could say it is “the gold standard” in dentistry!).
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that typically consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. A bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
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If you would like to learn more about restorative dentistry, call 541-926-3689 and schedule your appointment today!