The idea of restorative dentistry is not a new one. Around 200 AD, ancient Etruscans were already using gold to forge restorations such as dental crowns and bridges. Almost a millennium earlier, in 700 BC, they assembled dentures using ivory and bone.
Restorative materials have advanced quite a bit since then, and today’s restorative dentistry utilizes the benefits of strong, tooth-colored restorations that blend in almost seamlessly with your natural teeth. By bringing the most advanced dental techniques and procedures to our patients, we can help you enjoy a stronger, healthier, younger-looking smile.
Modern Dental Crowns
In minor cases of cavities, the infection can usually be stopped and the tooth saved with a simple tooth filling procedure. In more severe cases, however, a major amount of tooth structure may be damaged or compromised, and removing the infection may leave the tooth weak. A dental crown can typically be placed over the remaining healthy tooth structure to protect it from further damage. When a tooth is lost, a tooth-colored crown supported by a dental implant can discretely fill the empty space, as well as help retain supporting jawbone structure.
Lifelike Crowns and Other Restorations
These days, the material of choice for crafting dental restorations is often dental porcelain, which is translucent like your tooth enamel for a strikingly realistic appearance. Unfortunately, while dental porcelain is the most esthetically pleasing option, the material is not always as strong as other options, and you may require a stronger option, like porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). After a thorough examination, your dentist will help you choose the most beneficial option to optimize your smile’s appearance and your long-term dental health.