A bonding is a tooth colored filling. Also knows as a “composite”. Bondings have replaced silver fillings for most patients, as demand for metal fillings has dropped off. Bondings are used for the following purposes: repair cavities, fix chipped or broken teeth, enhance the shape of a tooth, or change the color of a dark tooth. If a tooth is really broken down, then a crown or onlay is often a better option than a bonding. If a patient has financial constraints, then a bonding is often the best fix for a broken tooth, if extraction is the other choice, as bondings are performed in one short visit and at minimal expense.
Dr. Fam has advanced training in bone grafting. Often times bone grafting is required to build-up an area of the jaw to prepare for implants, or during the placement of an implant. When teeth are infected, the jaw often atrophies in that area. When teeth are lost, the body’s response is atrophy of the jaw in that area. Our 3-d X-ray will give us a blueprint of your jaw to determine what bone grafting, if any, is necessary.
A bridge is a method of replacing a missing tooth (or teeth). It involves preparing (drilling) adjacent teeth to have a bridge fit into place. Bridges are attractive, don’t come out, function and look like your own teeth and may last 5-10 years, or much more, with proper home care and regular cleanings. A bridge is usually completed start-to finish in 2 or 3 appointments. Bridges are made from porcelain or ceramic and look great.
A cap, or “crown”, is a single tooth restoration that restores ideal appearance, form, and function of a healthy tooth. When several crowns are done together, side by side, a patient can also achieve a “smile makeover”– in other words, multiple crowns allow the patient and dentist to fully control the shape, color, and size of the teeth. Crowns can be made on natural teeth or implants.
A professional cleaning is needed to keep your mouth healthy. Tartar (aka calculus) is hardened, stubborn mineral deposits of calcium, stains, and bacteria that are present on our teeth. During a cleaning or Deep-cleaning, this rock-hard tartar is cleaned away, your teeth are polished and your friendly dental hygienist will help you to keep your teeth as clean as possible between visits. During your dental check-up, Dr. Fam will also check the health of your mouth, which is generally done during your cleaning appointment. We give you a high-quality toothbrush, toothpaste and other cleaning aids complimentary, with your cleaning visit.
A composite is also known as a “bonding”. When dental bonding began in the 1980’s, it was a novel thing, that the dentist could adhere something to the surface of your tooth. All fillings prior to bonding were gold or other metal and had to be wedged into the tooth. Composites or bondings were a new way of layering a tooth-colored material on the tooth, to fix a chip. Nowadays, they have taken the place of metal fillings for an everyday cavity filling.
Cosmetic dentistry is a misunderstood term. If you want a single tooth repaired, the dentist may provide you with a cosmetic-looking restoration, like a crown or veneer, and it can look nice and match your other teeth. “Cosmetic dentistry” refers to enhancing your smile with multiple crowns, veneers or laminates. Doing multiple crowns, for example, at once allow the patient and the dentist to totally control the shape, color, and size of all of the teeth being treated. For the best results, a dentist performing cosmetic dentistry would want a patient having at least 8 of their upper front teeth treated at once, better yet 10, to achieve the best overall appearance. Less than 8 teeth may be done, say for the upper, but then there may be an esthetic compromise if some of the back teeth are not as attractive as the front teeth, detracting from your overall smile. Your treatment is dictated by your desires and what makes sense to you, the patient. Use of a diagnostic wax-up by an artistic dental technician, approved by you, the patient, will serve as a template for your final restorations.
A Crown, Or “Cap”, is a single tooth restoration that restores the form and function of a healthy tooth. When several crowns are done together, side by side, a patient can also achieve a smile makeover — in other words, multiple crowns allow the patient and dentist to fully control the shape, color, and size of the teeth. When crowns are done only one or a few at a time, we are stuck with the space available and must match the color of the surrounding teeth, even if that color is undesirable. Crowns can be made on natural teeth or implants.
Dentures are a great way to restore a patients function and appearance while removing the pain and infection of failing teeth or infected gums. Dr. Fam loves making dentures! Dentures were the “original” cosmetic dentistry going back hundreds of years. In fact, modern cosmetic and implant dentistry is based on the basic principles of dentures. Someone who gets dentures is a great candidate for future implant dentistry, allowing those dentures to snap-in securely. Dentures are a great way to turn around your dental life. If your mouth is totally broken down, dentures may be your only viable option.
Dr. Fam is a general dentist. Our office is geared toward handling most of your family’s dental needs: from cleanings, sealants fillings, root canals; to dentures, partials, bridges, implants and basic orthodontics (with Invisalign). Dentistry is a great profession with nine wonderful specialties, and Dr. Fam will refer you to a specialist when our office is unable to address your specific need, or if you need a 2nd opinion.
Inlays / Onlays
An inlay or onlay is sort of in-between a filling and a crown. It is a 2 visit procedure, priced the same as a cap or crown, but covering less of the tooth. Generally speaking, Dr. Fam will recommend a good solid filling over an inlay, as its about 1/3 the cost and achieved the same basic function and is done in less time. An onlay may be an alternative to a crown or a filling in some cases. Each patient is given options to choose whats best for their needs.
A dental implant is simply a man-made root. All teeth have a crown and a root. The crown of your natural tooth is the part you can see. The root is the part in your jaw. An implant is a man-made root onto which a porcelain crown goes. A bridge or a denture can be affixed to multiple implants to replace some, or all, of your teeth.
Mercury Free Fillings
The fillings we place in our office are mercury-free, tooth colored fillings. Metal fillings contain silver, tin, copper, and mercury. In Dr. Fams” opinion, and in the opinion of many dentists, metal fillings are still a very safe and durable material. Consumer demand and dentist preference have caused metal fillings to become less popular. However, we have them available for patients who choose this option.
Partials are dentures which replace some of the missing teeth in an arch (upper or lower). They are dentures that snap in and around your other teeth. Sometimes there are not enough supporting teeth for a fixed porcelain bridge, or there are financial constraints which may cause a patient to choose a partial. Nowadays, partials may be made without metal for a more pleasing appearance.
We treat Kids! Hopefully, your child just needs a fun and friendly tooth cleaning and checkup. If a cavity is found, or if your youngster needs sealants, We can take care of this on a subsequent appointment. We have wireless headsets and an iPad mounted over the chair with entertainment during their dental procedure. If your little one needs to be referred to a pediatric dentist for specialist care, we will do so as well. Each kid gets a small toy or sticker at the end of their visit to our office!
Metal fillings contain silver, tin, copper, and mercury. In Dr. Fams’ opinion, and in the opinion of many dentists, metal fillings are still a very safe and durable material. Consumer demand and dentist preference have caused metal fillings to become less popular. However, we have them available for patients who choose this option.
We have lots of options at different price ranges. From Boost in-office power bleaching for instant, extreme results; to a take home, custom-made set of whitening trays; to other take-home options— choose what fits your needs and budget! We will monitor your progress and safety.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Also known as a “bonding” or “composite”. Tooth-colored fillings began to use in the 1980’s. Nowadays, they have taken the place of metal fillings for everyday cavity filling, or to repair a chipped or broken tooth.
We are happy to provide you with a 2nd opinion. Every patient wants to make the best decision for their desire and budget. We are happy to give you all of your options, and options to fit every budget!