Where damage to a person's teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or 'porcelain fused to metal' crowns to make the smile appear as new. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are known for the quality of our work and the very positive and esthetic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long lasting correction of major dental problems.
What is CEREC?
CEREC means we can quickly and economically restore damaged teeth using a durable ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth in your mouth. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
Take a look at the before and after pictures. Natural looking restorations and it’s metal-free – no silver fillings to discolor your smile!
NEED MORE INFORMATION ON THE CEREC®?
The Cerec® technology is state-of-the-art computer-aided 3D design technology that helps us restore your tooth in one visit. With this technology, an optical impression is taken and Dr.Tilden then can make a porcelain restoration and bond it to your tooth. Anyone who has had a crown, inlay, or onlay is aware that two appointments are needed. The Cerec® machine offers the same results in one single visit. It can also replace any old silver fillings. Over the years, scientists have found that large silver fillings are not durable. With the daily pressure, temperature change, and strain put on your teeth, silver fillings over time start to crack and leak. The Cerec® restoration is natural looking, metal-free, and most important, has the same physical properties as your natural teeth. There won't be any cracking or leaking in the future; and it is as strong as a gold restoration. The Cerec® saves healthy tooth structure and provides you with a strong restoration.
EACH AND EVERY TOOTH WE HAVE PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE WAY WE SPEAK, CHEW AND MAINTAIN PROPER ALIGNMENT OF OTHER TEETH.
Tooth loss doesn't necessarily have to occur as you age; but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
LET TALK ABOUT OPTIONS
A bridge is a devise that looks like natural teeth and replaces the missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are permanently attached to the abutment teeth by cementing or bonding. The bridge will match the color of the surrounding teeth,
look real, and not be removeable. REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE A MISSING TOOTH, THERE IS NO TOOTH FOR THE ONE ABOVE OR BELOW TO BITE AGAINST. THEREFORE, THAT TOOTH CAN BECOME LOOSE AND THE OTHER TEETH AROUND THE MISSING TEETH WILL SHIFT!
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it's difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
FIXED BRIDGE OR PARTIAL? WHICH ONE IS FOR ME:
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device, which fills the gap where teeth were absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer much more stability than their removable counterparts, and feel more comfortable and natural. Think about how you would feel each day removing your partial denture and seeing the empty space or spaces. How it makes you feel pretty much will determine whether you are a candidate for a fixed or removable bridge or even implants (check out information under procedures).
DO I NEED A BRIDGE?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge. Missing teeth can cause speech problems.
ATTACHMENT OF A BRIDGE
The attachment procedure usually takes several appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Tilden will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by shaping a portion of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure the correct bite and to match the opposing teeth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed. Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
LET'S TALK ABOUT MATERIALS:
The bridge understructure is constructed from high ceramic gold alloys for strength, with porcelain bonded and fused over the metal. We use high noble, ceramic gold to get the best color of the porcelain. Use of cheaper, non- precious metals result in a greenish look to the porcelain. Also, many people are allergic to the cheaper metals and this results in chronically inflamed and bleeding tissue around the bridge.
CARING FOR YOUR BRIDGE:
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean and healthy. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. It is also very important that Dr. Tilden checks your dental work at your cleaning appointments to make sure there are no problems developing.