“Restorative dentistry is what people most commonly think of when they think of the dentist. Fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges are all parts of restorative dentistry. Our general dental team is made up of a diverse team of doctors who all specialize in one or more areas of restorative general dentistry.”
White Fillings (Composite Resin Fillings)
If you aren’t able to get through your dental cleaning and exam without being told you have a cavity (darn! you knew you should have flossed better!) then you will likely be told you also need to have a filling to resolve the cavity. In our office we exclusively place white (resin composite) fillings – as do the majority of dentists in our area. Fillings are a very minor treatment and nothing to be worried about. If you do have concerns about the procedure or materials please feel free to ask your doctor or hygienist for greater explanation – we love to educate our patients!
Root canals are commonly recommended in conjunction with crown treatment due to the similarity in conditions that causes the need for both. Also, teeth become brittle and fragile after root canal treatment as the blood and fluid flow to the tooth has been disrupted and it has been filled with a man-made material. Teeth that have several decay, are cracked, have a dying or dead nerve or present infection at the root will be recommended for root canal treatment. In many cases this treatment can be performed by a general dentist in your usual dental office. In some cases – if the procedure is complex or the tooth has previously had a root canal – you will be referred to a root canal specialist for treatment.
Dental Crowns (or “Caps”)
In situations where a filling is not enough to restore the tooth it may be recommended that you have a crown placed. Crowns typically have a long lifespan and can last for many, many years as long as you pay attention to good homecare and routine professional care. The tooth structure is shaped to allow the crown to fit over top of the tooth and the new restoration will be matched to the shade of your other teeth. Crowns are made of many materials but the most common are a porcelain/zirconia blend or a metal overlaid with porcelain.