Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, our dentists have more ways to create functional, natural-looking smiles. At Stoneham Dental Care, we offer a variety of dental services including composite fillings, crowns and bridges, and full and partial dentures.
What is a composite filling?
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
How is a composite placed?
Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
What are the advantages of composites?
Esthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns (also known as "caps") are porcelain or porcelain fused to metal restorations used primarily to repair broken, decayed or fractured teeth. If a filling can't replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough a crown may be recommended. A bridge fills a space where a tooth once was, and is generally three or more crowns fused together.
If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You'll be able to eat and speak — things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
Caring for Dentures
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient's mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Brushing helps prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and helps your mouth stay healthy. It's best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes that can damage dentures.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can become one of the millions of people who wear their dentures with a smile.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant Supported Dentures are the next best thing to having the teeth that you were born with. One of the major complaints with dentures are that they are not stable enough to enable normal eating habits and biting into an apple would be unheard of! They can also cause irritation of the gums and soreness from the movement. Dentures can be strongly secured into place with dental implants giving patients the confidence and comfort of being able to eat what they want.