The dentist of today has ensured that you should never have to go through life with a fractured smile. Missing or broken teeth are uncomfortable, ineffective, and harmful to your self-esteem, so take a look at the options available to you by our Lynnwood dentist.
Cosmetic Tooth-Colored Fillings
We use a solid white composite or resin material for fillings. Composites are used to fill both for new areas of tooth decay and as a replacement for noticeable metal or amalgam fillings. These not only look better, but do a better job keeping your tooth structure together.
Crowns and Bridges
If the damage to a tooth is too severe for a filling, a crown may be called for. This is a cap that is cemented into place on top of the damaged tooth, effectively restoring the tooth’s function and shielding the remaining tooth from further decay.
These crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including the all-white porcelain version that is both unobtrusive and biocompatible. A bridge consists of two or more crowns used to hold an artificial tooth in place between them. This gives maximum support to the implanted tooth, granting you optimal function with minimal fuss.
There was a time when dentures were the only option for people with missing teeth, but modern dental technology has made dental implants a practical reality to replace single or multiple missing teeth for most people. As long as you are reasonably healthy with a solid gum foundation, you may be a candidate for implants. These are seamless, comfortable substitutes for your natural teeth, designed to actually fuse with your bone over time. You can look and feel like you never lost a tooth at all!
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay is similar to a filling, except that it lies entirely within the cusps of the tooth’s chewing surface. Onlays, or “partial crowns”, are more extensive than inlays and cover beyond the center portion of the tooth. Both of these are effective at increasing the strength of a tooth while decreasing the chance of leakage and fractures, thereby allowing them to last many years.
Some patients may not be healthy enough to undergo the surgery required to benefit from dental implants, or they may lack the gum or bone structure required to support such an implant. For these people we can offer partial or complete dentures.
We also do repairs and realignments of existing dentures.