Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner. However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use, and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.
When the size of a filling exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a "cap," also called a crown. Crowns look and function just like natural teeth. Dr. Tregoning may recommend a crown if your tooth has enough decay that it cannot hold a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of cracking down into the root if left unattended. A crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum and protects what remains of the natural tooth. Athens Dental likes to use porcelain crowns that look very natural and don't have a dark metal line. Porcelain crowns reflect light with a natural healthy glow.
Dr. Tregoning may recommend a bridge be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as "fixed" dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture.
These are not your mother's dentures. Athens Dental likes to use new materials that can be custom blended to your skin, hair and eye color to look as if you were born with perfect teeth. Dentures can also be replaced or relined to correct problems with aging jaws so you can chew without discomfort again. So many advances have been made in modern dentistry that fewer people need to wear full dentures. However, if you have older dentures or think you may need dentures, you're in luck. Denture technology has never been better.
People age, and dentures can cause wearers to look older than they really are and can cause pain when chewing, some patients can't even wear their dentures due to pain! Athens Dental can replace worn out dentures with custom made, state-of-the-art dentures that blend with your skin, hair and even eye color. Your dentures will look as natural as possible.