116 Jack White Drive Suite 12
Kingsport, TN 37664
We are happy to help with all of your dental needs. Don't put it off. Call Us!
A crown is a dental appliance that is custom made for your specific tooth. Also called a cap, a crown covers and protects the tooth after part of the tooth has been lost or removed. Crowns are made of a variety of materials including metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. It depends on the specific tooth and reason for the crown being placed as to which is the best material to use.
Crowns can be used for: Restoring a badly decayed or fractured tooth; cosmetics, to cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth; splinting (tying together weak teeth to stabilize them); protection of a weak tooth to prevent future fracture; cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment; restore a dental implant; restoring missing teeth by use of a bridge.
A bridge is a method used to fill the space created by a missing tooth or teeth. An artificial tooth (one or more) is placed in the missing space and supported by the crowns placed on either side of the missing space. The bridge is cemented onto the adjacent teeth.
Fillings are the common term used to define a material that replaces missing tooth structure. A portion of the tooth may be missing due to the need for decay removal or due to fracture. Fillings can be made of several materials such as: Composite- This is our first choice in most instances. This material bonds to and is compatible with tooth structure, is tooth colored and strong. Glass Ionomer- It is tooth colored as well, though not as lifelike in appearance as composite. More frequently used on root surfaces, it provides the tooth more decay resistance than composite, though it is not as strong. Amalgam- This is a metal filling material that is silver colored and has the longest track record of any filling material in dentistry. Used infrequently now because it is not tooth colored, we believe there are specific circumstances where it has some advantages.
A complete denture is a removable dental appliance that is designed to replace all the teeth in the arch, either all the upper teeth, all the lower teeth or both. Though most people seem to learn to speak and chew well with upper dentures, lower dentures can be a challenge. For that reason, we greatly encourage the use of dental implants to stabilize lower dentures. This results in a incredible improvement in comfort and chewing ability.
A removable partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. It consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic (plastic) base which fits around the remaining teeth.