Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored fillings that bond to your teeth to repair areas of decay and restore dental health. Resin fillings are a beautiful way to treat minor defects and small areas of decay.
Amalgam fillings, also known as “silver” fillings are also used to repair dental decay. Amalgam does not bond to the tooth in the way that resin fillings do, but rather, is held in place by mechanical retention through undercuts placed in the tooth structure when removing decay. Amalgam fillings are very strong and can last for many years in the mouth.
Complete and Partial Dentures & Implant Dentures
A complete denture involves replacing an entire arch of missing teeth with an acrylic appliance that looks like teeth and can be worn and removed by the patient. For optimal results, we recommend waiting 2-4 months for healing after extraction of existing teeth before creating a new denture. During the healing period, temporary or “interim” dentures can be created and worn.
Like a complete denture, a partial denture involves replacing one or more missing teeth with an appliance that can be worn and removed by the patient. Several types of partial dentures exist, with the main difference being the type of material that each is made from.
For some patients, incorporating the use of implants into complete and partial dentures can improve retention and fit. As every case and patient is unique, Dr. Ogburn would love to discuss which type of appliance would work best for you!
Crowns are used to restore and protect teeth with large fillings or loss of structure from future damage. Teeth which have received root canal treatment should also be protected from re-infection with a crown.
Unlike a filling, a crown fits overtop of the existing tooth, protecting it from all sides and restoring form and function. Crowns can be made from many materials, including tooth-colored ceramics that mimic the color and appearance of natural teeth.
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by suspending a replacement tooth in the space between two healthy neighbor teeth. Like crowns, bridges involve “preparing” or shaving down the neighbor teeth, which are then “capped” by the bridge.
solution to missing teeth than bridges. Implants involve replacing both the tooth root and the crown. Dr. Ogburn will evaluate your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If you are a good candidate for a dental implant, she will then refer you to a local specialist who will complete the surgical phase of this treatment. Once healing has occurred, the final implant crown will be placed by Dr. Ogburn.