~ Restorative dentistry focuses on providing proper form and function. Restoring teeth to ideal form involves attention to shape, color and translucency. Reestablishing proper function requires detailed attention to designs that are aligned correctly and enable our patients to speak and chew effectively. Dr. Schweinfurth uses the most advanced dental techniques to ensure optimal function and aesthetics.~
We place fillings to restore missing tooth structure that has either chipped, broken or been damaged from decay. Dr. Schweinfurth prefers composite fillings, which are made from a strong resin. Not only are they tooth colored and blend in with a natural dentition, they are bonded directly into place with high strength adhesives that help keep the teeth intact. Silver fillings, which were commonly used in the past, tended to stain the teeth and, under some circumstances, caused the teeth to split apart and fracture.
Crowns, or caps, cover the entire tooth and are the treatment of choice for teeth that are severely worn or susceptible to fracture. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants and teeth that have had root canal treatment. Crowns protect and restore damaged teeth back to proper form and function.
Today in dentistry, we have amazing materials that enable us to create truly natural looking restorations. Restorations that are aesthetically pleasing and blend in seamlessly with our patients' smiles.
Can you guess which front tooth is a crown?
Dental bridges, or fixed partial dentures, are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap. Leaving gaps in the mouth can not only be aesthetically displeasing, but unfilled spaces can cause movement of adjacent teeth and lead to further complications. Restoring missing teeth can dramatically improve function and boost patient confidence and self-esteem.
Bridges were constructed to successfully restore our patient's smile:
Here both laterals were missing: