Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composites, are fillings placed to restore your tooth’s natural appearance after decay (a cavity) has been removed. Composite restorations are perfect for fixing small to medium-sized cavities, chips, and broken teeth.
Silver (Amalgam) Fillings
Silver fillings are made from a combination of metals. Because of their durability, these fillings are often the better choice for large cavities or those that occur in the back teeth.
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Porcelain veneers are thin custom made shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front of teeth to correct the shape, color, or size of a tooth.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” fit over the exposed portion of the tooth to the gum line. Because the crown may cover the entire visible tooth, it becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. A crown restores a tooth, giving it strength and an improved cosmetic appearance.
A bridge is a fixed or cemented dental restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth are missing. When a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth can drift out of position and change the bite or smile, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The bridge consists of crowns or abutments that support the false tooth or pontic. The bridge is permanent and cannot be removed from the mouth without a dentist’s help.
A dental implant is a device that is placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost one or more teeth. Dr. Shirley works directly with an oral surgeon to complete this procedure.
Root Canal Therapy
Natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Still, it may become necessary to perform root canal therapy on a tooth if the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or dies. This treatment is an excellent alternative to an extraction, as it allows you to keep the tooth. Often times, Dr. Shirley can perform this procedure in our office, but when necessary, he will refer you to an endodontist (a root canal therapy specialist).
Full and Partial Dentures
Complete and Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag and may make a person appear much older. Dentures allow the patient to be able to eat and speak with ease, which is often taken for granted until a person loses their teeth.
An implant-supported denture is a type of denture that is supported by and/or attached to dental implants. The denture can be fixed or removable, providing better support and function. This feature increases confidence in patients because they can generally speak more clearly, chew foods with more ease, and do not have to worry about the denture becoming loose.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth. Dr. Shirley may perform this procedure in our office or, when necessary, will work directly with a specialist, an oral surgeon.