General Dentistry

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that have experienced significant damage through decay or fracturing. A crown (also known as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, and alignment.

Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining.
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
  • Restore a fractured tooth.
  • Attach a bridge.
  • Cover a dental implant.
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.

If you are missing a tooth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. We place crowns on the teeth located on either side of the gap. Attached to these two crowns is a prosthetic tooth that is both functional and appears natural.

Fillings

Many people require fillings to regain normal function and shape to a tooth damaged by decay. As a dental practice with a strong commitment to whole-body health and health-centered dentistry and preventative care, we never use mercury-amalgam or silver amalgam fillings. Instead, we use safe, high-quality composite resins that are matched to the exact color of your teeth.

 

Danger of Mercury- and Silver-Amalgam Fillings

Many people do not realize that silver-amalgam fillings are 50% mercury. Mercury is powerful poison, more toxic than arsenic and lead. A single large filling may contain as much mercury as a thermometer.

Mercury vaporizes easily at room temperature and, in this state, is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Inhaled mercury vapor is readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Dental fillings contribute more mercury to a person’s body than all other sources of mercury combined.

There are special health risks involved in the removal of mercury fillings from teeth. Drs. Amy and Todd Kinney are properly trained in mercury filling removal and follow strict protocols to prevent additional mercury exposure to both you and our team.

Fillings can be completed in just one office visit and typically last between 3 and 10 years.

Porcelain restorations, called inlays or onlays, are custom creations made by a master dental ceramist. Porcelain is extremely durable and most biocompatible dental material available today. Gold restorations are custom-made jewelry-quality inlays and onlays that are bonded to your tooth. Gold is the most durable of all dental materials and can often last 20 years or more.

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