When tooth decay develops, it often causes visible discoloration and other cosmetic blemishes that can affect your smile’s appearance. More importantly, however, it can cause irreversible damage to your healthy tooth structure in the form of a cavity, leaving the tooth weak and susceptible to more damage.
Fillings are designed to fill the cavities left by tooth decay. At our office, we utilize tooth-colored composite resin to create tooth-colored fillings (or white fillings) that blend in with your natural tooth, improving your smile’s appearance as well as restoring your tooth’s strength.
A dental crown is a custom-designed cap that is fashioned to resemble a specific tooth. The crown completely covers a tooth up to the gum line, and is bonded in place to restore and protect a damaged or weakened tooth. A porcelain crown offers the benefit of a dental crown with the advantage of closely mimicking the tooth’s color, hue, and light-reflecting abilities.
Porcelain crowns are hand-crafted at a trusted dental lab using dental porcelain that is semi-translucent, like tooth enamel. The material can be precisely tinted to blend in seamlessly with your smile, and its semi-translucence gives your crown a highly lifelike finish.
When you’ve lost a tooth, replacing it does more than just restore your smile’s appearance; it also restores your bite’s ability to function properly. A dental bridge can help you once again bite and chew your food comfortably, enunciate your speech clearly, and smile with confidence knowing your smile is whole, healthy, and beautiful.
A fixed bridge consists of a replacement tooth, or pontic, supported by two dental crowns that are bonded to the neighboring healthy teeth that remain. Like many of our restorations, our dental bridges are hand-crafted from realistic-looking porcelain, which closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth.
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that can be securely bonded to the front surfaces of one or more teeth. By creating a completely new face for your smile, the custom-made shells can create an instant makeover for your smile, even if you exhibit several different types of cosmetic concerns.
Porcelain veneers are popular for three main reasons: they’re hand-crafted from lifelike dental porcelain; they can be bonded in place with minimal alterations to your teeth; and they can correct a multitude of different cosmetic concerns at once.
Tooth decay – the condition that leads to cavities – may not always be treatable with a tooth filling. If the decay reaches the nerves in the pulp chamber, which rests at the center of the tooth, then Dr. Hutto may need to perform root canal therapy (RCT) to address the infection.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, involves removing the infected tissues from the pulp and the root canals connected to it. Then, Dr. Hutto will seal the pulp and root canals with a biocompatible compound (called gutta percha) and place a dental crown over the tooth for increased protection.
Full Dentures & Partials
A lifetime of excellent hygiene and regular dental care can go a long way to helping you maintain your healthy natural teeth. Unfortunately, tooth loss still affects millions of adults, and partial/full dentures are often their best option for regaining their confidence and the full function of their bite.
If you’ve lost several teeth, but not all, a partial denture can rebuild your smile by fitting around and supporting the teeth that still remain. If you’ve lost all of your teeth on your upper and/or lower dental ridge, then a full denture can replace all of your teeth along the ridge. In many cases, both partial and full dentures can be combined with a series of dental implants for more comfortable and comprehensive results.