The art and science of restorative dentistry has come a long way. Arizona Associates in Dentistry is proud to provide restorative services using the most advanced technology and techniques available. In the capable, compassionate care of Dr. Taylor and Dr. Mclaws, your smile’s full function and beauty can be returned.
Gone are the days of unsightly amalgam fillings! Today we offer composite resin fillings that blend in with your smile and offer better protection from future decay.
With tooth colored fillings, we’re able to remove the risk of expansion and contraction that can lead to cracking and separation, and the fear of mercury that was used in the fillings of the past.
If you have a cavity (or more) in need of filling, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Mclaws can get you back on the optimal oral health track with tooth colored fillings.
If you have a tooth with decay that can’t be restored with a composite filling, an inlay or an onlay may be the treatment to strengthen and protect your tooth from further damage.
Inlays are used to repair damage contained within the cusps of your tooth (outer ridges), while the larger size of an onlay can repair damage that extends beyond those outer ridges.
The implementation of inlays and onlays is considered the conservative alternative to crowns, though the goal is the same: to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.
The visible part of your tooth is called the crown, and when decay has taken over or your crown has cracked, we can craft a beautiful restoration that restores the function and appearance of your smile. The materials used to craft crowns include porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold, and which one is used for your tooth will depend on which tooth is affected. For example, a molar is less visible than your incisors or canines, which may make the durability of a gold crown desirable.
The placement of a crown may take 2-3 visits to your dentist. The enamel of your tooth will be filed down on your first visit so that the crown can be placed over it. After your tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of the tooth and surrounding teeth so that the restoration will provide a precise, comfortable fit. While the permanent crown is being crafted, you’ll be fitted with a temporary. Once the permanent crown is placed, it should last between 10-15 years with diligent oral hygiene habits.
The consequences of missing teeth extend beyond the esthetic disadvantage. Your surrounding teeth can shift, and the structural changes to your mouth and jaw can make speaking and eating difficult. We don’t want anyone to suffer this way, and are happy to create strong, durable bridges for our patients.
Bridges, similar to crowns, are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain. The process is also similar in that you’ll be fitted with a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is crafted. Your surrounding teeth will be recontoured to provide a base for the bridge, and a mold will be taken to ensure the most natural fit.
Once your permanent bridge is placed, you’ll want to eat soft foods during the adjustment phase. After the initial adjustment period, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want without issue, and you can get back to feeling confident about your smile and oral health!
Dentures have been a tooth replacement solution for decades, but with innovative technology, they’re far improved from the dentures of the past. Today, we’re able to provide dentures that are much more comfortable and natural looking. There are also different types, making them a versatile solution for missing teeth.
A full denture may be recommended when all of your natural teeth have been removed, and a partial denture can be used when some of your teeth are remaining – neither of these are permanent fixtures. However, Arizona Associates in Dentistry can place implant supported dentures, which do provide a permanent, secure fit.