Thanks to technological advances, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to fill cavities. Among the choices are natural tooth-colored materials such as resin-based composite fillings and more traditional dental fillings such as those made of metal amalgam.
The advent of new materials for fillings has been beneficial, especially in terms of aesthetics, but does not eliminate the appropriateness of traditional dental materials that are stronger, more durable and less expensive. These materials are best in situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss -- mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
The revolutionary CEREC® system enables Dr. Murphy to create and place crowns, inlays and onlays in just ONE office visit, so you spend less time in the dental chair! CEREC even eliminates the need for plastic temporaries while your restorations are sent off to a lab, a process that can take weeks. With CEREC, you can get the dental treatment you need, then get back to your busy life.
At the beginning of your CEREC appointment, Dr. Murphy and our team will prepare your tooth and take a photo of it with our digital camera. CEREC's imaging software will then create a photorealistic 3D model of your restoration on our computer screen—all without that messy, uncomfortable impression tray.
CEREC restorations are made of a biocompatible ceramic material that can be adjusted to match the natural color of your other healthy teeth. We'll insert a block of the ceramic material into our onsite milling unit, which constructs your restoration according to the exact specifications outlined by the virtual model. After only 15 minutes or so, your restoration will be ready to be placed!
A full denture, also called a complete denture, replaces all of the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. By replacing missing teeth, dentures not only support sagging facial muscles, but also improve a person’s ability to speak and eat. Full dentures are divided into two categories according to when they are made and inserted into the mouth.
Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly after gums shrink from the healing period.
A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework, and attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. Precision attachments are nearly invisible, but often require crowns on your natural teeth for a precise fit, and generally cost more than those with metal clasps.
Composite & Amalgam Dental Fillings
Dental Implant Restorations
One-Visit Crowns with CEREC®
Complete & Partial Dentures