Fillings, Crowns & Bridges in Parma Heights
Modern dentistry has seen remarkable advancements in the way your teeth can be restored or replaced should the need arise. In just the last few years there have been many exciting improvements in the materials and techniques that allow dentists to restore and replace teeth with incredibly natural-looking filling materials and with onlays and crowns that look so much like natural teeth that you can hardly tell the difference.
New Materials for Fillings & Crowns
When teeth develop cavities, once the decay is removed, the "hole" has to be filled with a suitable material. Depending on the size of the "hole," a suitable material can be selected to "fill it." For many years, amalgam (silver) and gold were the materials most often used for fillings. Today, there are several other materials that offer the strength of metals with the beauty of tooth-colored porcelains and composites. These materials are bonded or cemented to the teeth to restore them to their original shape and strength. These restorations reinforce and support the tooth unlike the older amalgams which relied on the tooth and pins and posts to hold them together. This type of aesthetic dentistry can enhance and improve your smile tremendously. Gold onlays and crowns are still an excellent material for use in the back of the mouth where they are not visible.
A "bridge" is a restoration which replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. There are two types of bridges: fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are cemented into place and can only be removed by a dentist. A removable bridge or "partial denture," conversely, can be taken out by the patient for cleaning. While less costly, removable bridges may not be as desirable as fixed bridges and are not generally as stable.
Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for having a bridge placed. A bridge helps maintain the natural shape of your face by supporting your lips and cheeks. The loss of your back teeth may cause your bite to collapse and your face to droop and appear older. More importantly, however, when teeth are not replaced your overall dental health may suffer significantly. Your teeth were designed to complement each other. When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tip into the empty space, and the teeth in the opposite jaw may move up or down toward the open space. This places unusual stress on both the teeth and the supporting tissues in your mouth. The gum tissues and the bone that holds your teeth in place can break down, increasing the risk of gum disease. Teeth that have drifted are difficult to clean thoroughly, making them more likely to decay. As a result, even more teeth may be lost.
Missing teeth can also affect the way you chew and speak. Chewing on only one side of your mouth puts stress on your mouth and jaws. Your teeth are also needed to speak properly, as they help you make the many sounds needed to speak. Bridges can be made to attach to your own remaining permanent teeth as well as to dental implants. They can be made of gold or porcelain tooth-colored materials, and with proper home care and regular dental examinations to monitor fit and support, your bridge should last for many years.