Restorative Dental Care
While your teeth rank as some of the most resilient parts of your body, a lifetime of use can rob any smile of a little shine. Years of use can wear down tooth enamel and increase your risk of suffering a broken, cracked or chipped tooth. If you suffer from damaged teeth, our Canon City dentist can help restore the form and function back to your oral health.
Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, provide patients with long-lasting durability and increased resistance to fracture in small and medium-sized fillings that need to withstand the constant pressure and stress associated with chewing. Composite fillings can be placed in either front or back teeth, and they provide a more natural appearance when compared to traditional amalgam, or metallic, fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings contain no traces of mercury, making them a good alternative to traditional metal fillings.
Advantages of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that prevent tooth decay, strengthen weakened teeth and look natural. Placing a composite filling can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Composite tooth-colored dental fillings come in a variety of shades to match the color of the actual and surrounding tooth structures, and can generally be placed during one office visit.
Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, have been used by dentists for decades. While amalgam fillings are approved the American Dental Association and are known to be safe and effective for protecting teeth from further decay, they are a more unattractive option and have some disadvantages. The edges of silver fillings can cause stains to develop on your teeth and gums. The metal in amalgam fillings expands and contract over the year, which can cause cracks in teeth to develop. Amalgam fillings can also begin to crack or break, which can result in an increased risk of tooth decay or tooth fracture.
If you suffer from missing teeth, you’ve probably noticed a difference in the functionality and appearance of your smile. Fortunately, dental bridges can help to restore your ability to freely eat, speak and drink like before. Bridges literally “bridge” the gap one or more missing teeth create in your smile with a set of artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, alloys, gold or a combination of these materials. The type of dental bridge Dr. Sefcik recommends will depend on the current state of your oral health.
Partial or full dentures offer a long-lasting solution for repairing the smiles of patients who suffer from missing teeth. Partial dentures help fill in any missing gaps for patients who still have some of their natural teeth, while full dentures help patients with no teeth remaining regain full function. The staff at Main Street Dental has the tools necessary to process all full and partial dentures in-office to ensure the best and most comfortable fit possible.