Newer composite, or tooth colored, fillings are more life-like and match existing tooth color better than ever before. Fillings often can be smaller and more conservative than amalgam, or silver, fillings. When a tooth has a cavity, the decay is removed from the tooth and a filling restores it to its original shape and color.
Crowns cover the entire tooth and can restore a chipped or broken tooth. Other times they are needed to protect a tooth to prevent problems long term. Crowns have in the past been made from metals, like gold, or a combination of metal and porcelain. We generally recommend all-porcelain crowns because they are more natural looking.
A bridge spans a gap formed by missing teeth. A crown is usually fabricated on each tooth next to the space, and is connected to a replacement tooth or teeth in between. Dental implants can also support a bridge to replace multiple teeth in an area of the mouth.
Dental implants have a very high success rate and are a very versatile option. Generally, an implant has threads like a screw, and will be placed in the bone to act like the root of a tooth. A single tooth can be placed on top, to give a very natural appearance, or an implant can be attached to a bridge, partial or denture to retain replacement teeth.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers that are bonded, or “glued” to teeth. They can repair a chip on a front tooth, or be used to reshape or change the color of teeth. Gaps between teeth can be closed using veneers, or they can make teeth with stains or discolorations appear whiter.
Sometimes the nerve of a tooth with a deep cavity, crack, or other injury can get infected or inflamed. If the nerve dies, infection can spread or the toothache can occur. Root canal therapy removes the nerve and vessels inside the tooth and fills and seals the tooth from bacteria. Advances in techniques and anesthetics make root canals more comfortable and more successful than in the past.
Camp and Bentley General Dentistry
2301 E Villa Maria Rd
Bryan, TX 77802
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