Tooth – Colored Fillings

Untreated cavities and minor fractures can lead to significant issues over time. Previously, metal restorations known as amalgam fillings (or silver fillings) were commonly used but often caused tooth discoloration and strain due to the metal’s wedging effect. Nowadays, tooth-colored composite resins seamlessly blend with the tooth structure and form a strong, long-lasting restoration when chemically bonded to the tooth.

Composite fillings serve both functional and aesthetic purposes simultaneously. For instance, a cavity near the gum line visible in your smile can be addressed by delicately removing the discolored area and replacing it with a tooth-colored filling, restoring the tooth’s function and enhancing its appearance.

Dental bonding is another option, especially for back teeth instead of traditional “silver fillings.” During routine exams, areas of decay on teeth are identified and conservatively removed, followed by restoring the tooth with a bonded, tooth-colored filling. Utilizing specific techniques, we match existing shades to create seamless restorations.

Crowns

A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration that mimics the natural tooth’s form and function. Despite dental enamel’s strength, teeth are susceptible to cavities and trauma. While fillings effectively repair small decay or damage, they may not suffice for rebuilding a robust, functional tooth when significant structure is compromised due to decay, trauma, root canals, or teeth grinding.

In such cases, a dental crown emerges as the superior solution to restore the tooth’s strength, function, and appearance. Modern dental ceramics have revolutionized crowns, eliminating the need for metal substrates. All-ceramic crowns are now available, offering the advantages of being metal-free, durable, long-lasting, and remarkably natural in appearance.

Bridge

A dental bridge provides a reliable, stable, and long-term solution for missing teeth. Unlike removable partial dentures that grip onto remaining teeth, a dental bridge is supported by crowns affixed to adjacent teeth or strategically positioned dental implants within the gap. Beyond restoring the natural look, feel, and function of a smile, bridges also safeguard against teeth shifting, preserving the alignment of a patient’s bite.

Inlay/Onlay

In some cases, porcelain inlays/onlays serve as alternative restorations to traditional fillings. These individually crafted pieces precisely fill the excavated and prepared area of a decayed or injured tooth. After ensuring a perfect fit, the custom-made porcelain inlay/onlay is bonded to the prepared tooth structure using a durable resin. These restorations can enhance tooth strength by up to 75%, boasting impressive stain resistance and a natural appearance.

At Smile Scarsdale Family Dental, our utmost priorities are patient care, comfort, and satisfaction. We tailor each treatment plan to meet our patients’ oral health needs and fulfill their cosmetic expectations with precision and care.