|Over time, teeth may become damaged due to disease, wear or trauma. Using various procedures available, we seek to "restore" the teeth to a healthy condition. To repair smaller cavities and to replace smaller silver fillings that may be broken or leaking, ceramic filled composite filling materials can often be used. These state of the art tooth colored materials contain fluoride that can help prevent re-decay. Also, because they bond to the tooth, they actually help strengthen teeth.|
|If the decay or old filling involved a larger area of the tooth, an inlay may be used to replace the damaged portion. A tooth colored inlay is made under heat and pressure in a dental laboratory for increased strength, then bonded into place in the tooth. Fluoride is also incorporated into the bond for inlays.|
|Over the years, teeth are subjected to many forces which can result in cracks that gradually spread. As these weak areas in the teeth receive pressure during chewing, they eventually may break off. By restoring the cracked tooth before the weak section breaks off, the tooth can be saved with the minimum amount of treatment. This is usually accomplished by "reinforcing" the cracked tooth using a crown or onlay.|
|In the event that a tooth is lost, the area is commonly restored to health with an implant or with bridgework. A dental bridge consists of crowns on either side of the space, which support the "replacement" tooth or teeth.|
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