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Even though patients brush and floss regularly, they sometimes still get a cavity. Once the cavity is removed, a “filling” is typically placed. Fillings can be made from different materials. Advancements in composite (tooth colored) fillings strength and durability allow Dr. Barnes to place these in front teeth, as well as posterior teeth. Amalgam (silver) restorations have been used for years by many dentists for their durability in posterior teeth but are not very esthetic. If you have cavities or would like to replace your silver fillings with a more natural looking material, ask Dr. Barnes about composite fillings.
A crown is a cover or “cap” a dentist can put on a tooth or implant. Crowns restore teeth to their normal size, shape, and function. Advances in porcelains allow Dr. Barnes to now place crowns that are metal free. Not only do patients get the benefit of the strength crowns provide, but they also get highly esthetic, natural looking crowns. If you have chipped teeth, discolored teeth, or spaces between your teeth, ask Dr. Barnes about metal free crown restorations.
For several, various reasons, many patients lose teeth. To prevent teeth from shifting and to aid in chewing, patients typically need to have the missing teeth replaced. Dr. Barnes provides many different options to restore your teeth to allow for normal function and for esthetics. Options for patients who want teeth replaced that are not removable are porcelain bridges cemented to the patients own teeth or porcelain crowns and bridges cemented to dental implants. These have the look and feel of natural teeth. When these are not an option, Dr. Barnes offers flexible (metal free) partials that use the patient’s natural teeth for support. Dr. Barnes offers denture services as well. Dentures and partials can also be supported by implants to stabilize these within the patient’s mouth. If you would like to replace your missing teeth, ask Dr. Barnes which option is right for you.
Teeth are designed to last through the duration of our lives. Unfortunately, due to decay or trauma, our teeth can become injured or infected. In the past, diseased or injured teeth were extracted. However, due to advancements in dental materials, many teeth can be saved through endodontic (root canal) therapy. During root canal therapy, diseased tissue inside the tooth and inside the roots of the tooth is removed. After disinfection of the tooth, the roots and tooth are filled. A crown restoration is typically placed on the tooth to seal the tooth from bacteria in the mouth. By saving the tooth, the patient doesn't have to worry about teeth shifting due to a tooth being removed. Before you have a tooth extracted, ask Dr. Barnes if root canal treatment is right for you.
Nothing replaces your natural teeth, but with advancements in technology, dental implants come close. An implant is an “anchor” that looks like a screw made of titanium and other materials that make them compatible with the human body. Implants can be placed in the upper and lower jaw and essentially replace the root of the tooth that is missing. Once an implant is placed and has healed properly, Dr. Barnes can design and construct a restoration that allows you to chew and speak naturally. Patients can have single crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures constructed to fit on dental implants. If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like a natural, stable replacement, ask Dr. Barnes about dental implants.
Many people suffer with removable restorations (dentures and partials) that are ill-fitting or are uncomfortable. Advancements in dental implant placement and durability allow Dr. Barnes to fabricate dentures and partials that are comfortable, stable, and esthetic. Your removable restoration will be made with attachments that fit on the dental implants to provide a secure foundation to support your denture or partial. If you are tired of ill-fitting dentures or partials, or you want a removable restoration that has the look and feel of natural teeth, ask Dr. Barnes about dental implants and get ready to enjoy eating again!