In-Office Dental Services
In our office we do not place mercury (silver) fillings. We only use white filling material called composite resin. Composite fillings do not contain mercury, have the appearance of a natural tooth, and they are durable. Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide resistance to fracture in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth and and the material we have sourced out is fluoride free as well as BPA/BPB free!
Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling.
Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
Why do I need a crown?
You may need a crown if you:
Have a cavity that is too large for a filling
Have a missing tooth and need a bridge
Need to cover a dental implant
Have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
What is it made from?
Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
Your dentist wants to create a crown that looks natural and fits comfortably in your mouth. To decide on the material for your crown, your dentist will consider the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the patient’s preference, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shade of the tooth, and the function of the tooth.
How is a crown placed?
Several steps are involved, and two dental visits are generally needed to complete the treatment.
The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.
An impression is made to provide an exact model for the crown.
You will get a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent crown to be ready—usually less than two weeks. While you have the temporary crown, this tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also, avoid chewing gum or sticky foods during this time.
The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to help make the crown.
When the new crown is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between
Ceramic Implant Services
In holistic dentistry we prefer using zirconia versus titanium dental implants due to its better bio-compatibility. A dental implant consists of a post that serves as an artificial root structure onto which an implant dental crown is attached. Over time, the jawbone fuses with the post creating a solid foundation for the placement of dental implant crown. Dental implants are permanent, and, once placed, function and look much like a natural tooth, providing significant benefits. They can be cared for just like the rest of your teeth.
Dental implants have the best long-term prognosis in dentistry for tooth replacement. However, they also present a significant time and financial investment. The implant process will take several visits over several months during which time there is collaborative process between a surgeon called periodontist and Dr. Mallery, the restorative dentist.
In-office Whitening: Utilizing the Pola Office whitening system! This includes take home trays for at-home whitening touch-ups as well as a tube of whitening gel.