There are several restorative options available for broken, damaged and decayed teeth as well as cosmetic options for those who may want to enhance their smile.
Crowns are an excellent way to repair damaged teeth while maintaining a natural looking appearance. A crown is a custom designed cap that is bonded snugly onto the tooth. They are usually made out of acrylic or porcelain that has been fused to metal, to withstand biting pressure. Crowns can be used to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken or chipped, have had large fillings and to cover spaces between teeth. Esthetic restoration with dental crowns makes the tooth strong and resilient, protecting it from further injury. If you have damaged teeth or old metal based crowns, this may be an option for you.
Modern dentistry has come a long way. Advances in dental materials now allow Dr. Khamis to repair cavities using modern, tooth-colored fillings. Unlike traditional metal fillings, these fillings are formed with durable composite resins and plastics, resulting in restorations that look and feel just like natural enamel. Best of all, they are bonded directly to the tooth, making them strong and long lasting.
A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge or denture.
Veneers are a thin shell made out of porcelain or composite material. They are custom made and cemented to the front side of the tooth. A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth or even to cover spaces in between the teeth.
Removable bridges, more commonly known as partials usually have replacement teeth attached to gumcolored plastic bases connected by metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. A claspless removable bridge (partial) may provide better support and esthetics. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable bridge fits your mouth as well.