Find out how a tooth-colored filling can restore your smile after decay.
If our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon detected a cavity during your routine checkup then it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Of course, once the decay has been removed, our dental team will want to restore the tooth back to its normal strength, resiliency, and shape. This is why a tooth-colored filling is placed—read on to learn more.
What is a dental filling?
A filling is a custom restoration made from durable tooth-colored material such as composite resin or porcelain that fills the holes in your teeth after a cavity. A filling is designed to treat minor to moderate cavities, and can restore functionality and strength back into a tooth. Everyone who has a cavity will need to get a dental filling.
What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?
Our Thornton, CO, family dentist has noticed an array of benefits when using tooth-colored fillings over other types of fillings. Here are some of the reasons our dental office chooses to place cosmetic fillings,
- Blends right in with your smile: We choose a shade of resin that most closely matches the shade of the tooth we are treating. The result is a restoration that blends right in as soon as it’s shaped and hardened to the tooth. You won’t even notice the filling and no one will notice it either.
- Preserves more of your natural tooth: Since the resin that we use to fill teeth is applied in thin layers, this means we won’t have to remove as much natural, healthy enamel as we would with other types of fillings. This ensures that we preserve as much of your tooth’s healthy structure as possible, which keeps it strong.
- Boosts confidence: A cavity may have you feeling a bit self-conscious about your smile but a filling will not only restore and strengthen the tooth but also cover holes left over by decay. No one will even be able to tell that you have a filling so that you can smile with complete confidence.
Need dental care? Give us a call
When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then it’s high time you sat down in the chair for a checkup. Prevent cavities from happening in the first place by visiting our dentist at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, for routine cleanings and care. Call us at (303) 280-2285 to schedule your next cleaning.
Find out when a dental crown may be needed to improve the health of your smile.
Even though teeth are amazingly resilient even teeth can fall victim to injury and damage caused by cavities, trauma and accidents. When a tooth is damaged it’s important that you turn to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon as soon as possible for immediate care. A dental crown is a commonly placed restoration and it is used to preserve the tooth’s natural structure.
A dental crown is a hollow tooth-shaped cap that fits over the tooth and encapsulates it. The crown will then be cemented into place over the tooth where it will cover it all the way to the gum line. Think of a crown as armor for your damaged tooth, providing it with protection and stronger defenses. Our Thornton, CO, family dentist may recommend getting a dental crown in these circumstances,
Strengthen a weak tooth
There are many things that can weaken your tooth, from a sports-related injury and a traumatic blow to the face to severe decay. If a tooth is weak the best option will be to place a crown over the tooth to protect what’s left of the tooth’s healthy structure to prevent further problems.
Replace a large filling
If one of your teeth has had severe decay in the past you may now have a large filling; however, over time, a large filling may no longer be able to properly support the tooth’s structure. To prevent fracturing from happening to the tooth a dental crown can be used in place of the old filling to provide the tooth with more stability.
Improve the appearance of a tooth
While a dental crown is most often used to restore a weak or damaged tooth we can’t ignore the cosmetic benefits that it can offer patients, too. A crown is customized to fit your appearance and needs; therefore, if you have a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored we can place a crown over the tooth to hide discolorations and improve its overall size and shape.
Support a dental bridge
Are you getting a dental bridge to fill gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss? If so, dental crowns will be instrumental in this process. A dental bridge has crowns on both sides with a false tooth in between. The crowns are then placed over natural teeth to anchor the bridge into place and to fill gaps.
There are many instances in which your smile could benefit from the restorative and cosmetic benefits of a dental crown. If you have questions about dental crowns then call Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today at (303) 280-2285.
Thanks to all the amazing dental technology we have at our disposal, it’s now easier than ever to replace teeth with realistic, resilient tooth replacements that look just like the real thing. Find out why more and more people are turning to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillion to get dental implants.
How does a dental implant work?
A small metal screw is inserted into the jawbone in the gap where your tooth used to be. To do this, our Thornton dentist will first administer local anesthesia to the area prior to making a small incision the gums, then placing the implant into the jawbone. Several implants can also be placed along the jawbone to support multiple false teeth (e.g. dentures).
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
It can several months to get a complete dental implant. The implant itself, which is placed into the jawbone, will not be visible when you smile. The purpose of the metal post is to support the false tooth, which sits above the gums. It can take several months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. Once the bone and implant have bonded, then we will still need to place a special piece that links the implant with the false tooth.
This piece is known as an abutment. After securing the abutment on top of the implant, then we can cement the custom crown in place over the abutment.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are a healthy adult who is missing one, several or all of your teeth in Thornton, CO, then dental implants could be the ideal way to replace your missing teeth. We will need to check your teeth, gums and jawbone to make sure everything is strong and healthy enough to support the implant. These are things our dentist will discuss with you during your consultation.
Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, prides itself on providing comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental care to patients of all ages. Dealing with tooth loss? We can help you.
Want to know more about different tooth restorations from your Thornton, CO, dentist, Dr. Christina O. McMillon?
The health and appearance of your smile is important for both proper dental functionality and your overall self-esteem—dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and implants can help you achieve both of these things. Read on to learn if you could benefit from a tooth restoration:
Dental crowns are porcelain caps that cover teeth. The reason you may need a crown is to protect damaged teeth or hide those that have been marred by cosmetic flaws. Crowns provide a much needed protective layer, similar to enamel, to ensure teeth stay healthy and look attractive.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that are needed when someone is suffering from tooth loss. Additionally, these custom-made restorations blend seamlessly into your smile and restore its biting and chewing functionality.
Although still reinforcing to a degree, these dental restorations aren't so much for strength, but rather for aesthetics. If you have severe stains, minor cracks/chips, and/or small gaps, then veneers will hide these issues by being bonded to the surface of your natural teeth, thus giving you reason to smile confidently.
For those suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are the longest-lasting and highest functioning restorations available today. With the ability to replace missing tooth roots, implants not only improve your smile aesthetics but also prevent jawbone deterioration and collapse.
Other Tooth Restorations
Other restorative procedures Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton provides includes:
- Teeth whitening
Need to boost your smile's look and health? Give us a call
If you would like to learn more about dental restorations, contact Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today by dialing (303) 280-2285. Make oral health a priority by setting up an appointment with Dr. McMillon!
Alcohol has long been linked to having an adverse effect on health in general and oral health in particular. Alcohol is known to cause accelerated tooth decay and also affect the gums. Fortunately, however, there is one alcohol beverage that has a much better chance at helping than hindering your dental health: red wine.
There are several things we know about red wine that might surprise you:
- Drinking red wine has long been linked to a lowered risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Improving overall body health can also have a positive effect on oral health.
- Recent studies have found that wine polyphenols affect the ability of certain harmful bacteria from clinging to the cells of your teeth and gums, causing problems like plaque, gingivitis and dental cavities.
- Red wine is also believed to promote the growth of “good” bacteria, which protects your teeth against decay, rather than hindering your oral health.
All these facts show great promise in the moderated use of red wine in not only preventing dental health problems, but improving oral health as a whole. If you like alcohol, then keeping your habit under control with the choice of a refined red wine and avoiding drinking too much should be the top most important things on your agenda.
Happy New Year's Everyone!
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