When a tooth is affected by decay, a composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair it. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Composite fillings are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile. However, as with most dental restorations, fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.
Crowns are used to restore and improve the aesthetics and function of teeth that are heavily filled or broken down. Crowns are sometimes referred to as a “cap” and are made of porcelain or porcelain firmly bonded on to a precious metal substructure. Used correctly, crowns can improve your smile, strengthen weak teeth, and restore your ability to chew in some areas. They are also used on back teeth after root treatments to reinforce the tooth.
A well-made crown which closely matches your existing teeth can give you the confidence to laugh and smile without worrying that anyone will realize that you have one. We want your dentistry to look great, feel great and remain healthy for many years.
We are proud to offer CEREC, the latest in crown technology. Unlike the traditional method, CEREC uses a combination of infrared imaging, computer CAD CAM design and a precise milling machine to help complete the entire process in about 2 hours from start to finish – all in one appointment! That means there’s no need for a temporary crown and no need for multiple visits!
Many patients do not feel confident when wearing dentures. They dislike the fact that the denture is (and has to be) removable. Bridges can be an alternative for dentures. They restore the appearance and function of a space, make chewing easier and conceal the fact that you have lost a tooth. Bridges are bonded in place using long term cements.
Bridges are fixed in place so that they cannot be removed easily. Many denture wearers who swap to a bridge comment that they enjoy increased confidence to laugh or smile without worrying about the bridge moving.
Bridges are used in many areas of the mouth both at the front and back. As each bridge is handmade it is as unique as you are and will be created to work in harmony with the rest of your teeth.
Bridges are individually made by a technician who will characterize the porcelain to match the rest of your teeth. This allows the bridge to be natural looking and usually undetectable to your friends and family.
Many myths are associated with root canals, but they are actually the very best option to save natural teeth. Root canals do not cause pain — they actually alleviate the pain by removing damaged tissue from the tooth.
Root canal therapy, along with proper restoration, is a cost-effective way to keep your natural smile and enhance life’s enjoyment. We have state-of-the-art technology to give our patients the best possible treatment in a relaxed calming environment. Modern technology like an endodontic microscope allows us to magnify and illuminate with fiber optics, making our doctors able to see clearly into the tooth’s canal with great ease. With this technology it enables a great success rate, with many teeth lasting a lifetime. Root canals are safe and effective way to keep natural teeth, and at Southcoast Smiles we will make sure that your care and comfort is the number one priority.
We go to great lengths to save every tooth possible, but on occasion, teeth must be lost either due to decay or gum disease. When this need arises, you can be assured that you will be completely comfortable.
We go to great lengths to keep our patients relaxed and pain free, offering many levels of sedation. Post-extraction you can expect rapid healing. Using techniques developed in Europe, we are able to preserve remaining healthy teeth and surrounding bone structure. Bone grafting with synthetic bone substitute allows you to keep precious bone surroundings for future implants or aesthetics. Immediate implant placement can be done when possible.
Call us at 508-812-4130 to discuss which options will bring you the great smile you’re looking for in the most comfortable environment possible.