Fillings

Cavities are holes in your teeth formed by decay. They are the number one cause of toothaches and dental cavities also cause infections that can lead to tooth loss. Tooth pain is also the leading reason for children staying home from school. Treating cavities early prevents unnecessary pain and expense. When you have a cavity, we’ll remove the decay, clean the tooth and add a filling to make your tooth pain-free and good as new.

A crown is used to improve your tooth’s overall shape and appearance or to strengthen a weakened tooth. Teeth may become broken or worn due to trauma or bacterial decay. The different types of crowns can replace your worn tooth for optimal esthetics.
Porcelain inlays and onlays protect and restore your tooth when large portions of the tooth are damaged or decayed. Inlays correct areas of decay within the tooth cusps, whereas onlays are for larger areas of decay that extend to the outside surfaces. A tooth that is too damaged for an onlay will need a porcelain crown. Porcelain inlays and onlays are very effective options for anyone interested in enhancing their smile. They are a durable type of tooth-colored filling designed to blend beautifully with your natural tooth color, for a metal-free, cavity-free smile. They differ from white fillings in that they are not done directly on the teeth and they are custom fitted.
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp (nerve) is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected. The tooth is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Unlike the stigma surrounding it, modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling performed. It can usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your doctor’s assessment.

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing.
  • Normal biting force and sensation.
  • Natural appearance.
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain.
  • Preserving bone that will eventually recede if the tooth is extracted.
  • Avoiding the financial burden of replacing the tooth if it is extracted.