A filling is a restorative material placed directly in your tooth to restore the function and morphology of missing tooth structure. Tooth structure loss typically results from cavities or external trauma, and after the damaged tooth structure is gently cleaned, a filling that matches the shade of your tooth is placed to restore the integrity of the tooth. Most fillings placed today are made of composite, a strong tooth colored material that has the ability to bond to your tooth and provide excellent durability to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. If you think you have cavity or need a filling in Charlotte, contact Dual Image Dentistry and Orthodontics immediately to restore your tooth to health!
CROWNS & BRIDGES
A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers or “caps” damaged or broken teeth in order to restore functionality. Although dental crowns can be made from a wide range of materials, porcelain is preferred due to its durability and superior aesthetics. We work meticulously with our lab to make a beautifully shaped crown that matches the color of your natural teeth. Crowns provide a great solution for the following dental concerns:
- Repair damage done to the tooth form cavities
- Repair cracked or fractured teeth
- Restore existing fillings at risk for breakage
- Dental Implants
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) by permanently joining a crown that replicates the missing tooth to the adjacent teeth. The adjacent teeth that sit on either side of the space created by the missing tooth are “crowned” in order to bridge the space, giving the appearance of a natural tooth and restoring function to the area. Much like a single crown used to “cap” one tooth, our natural looking bridges remain cemented to your teeth and do not need to be removed. Our custom made bridges are a great option to replace missing teeth, and are barely noticeable. Aside from improving your smile by filling in unattractive gaps, bridges have many advantages including restoring your ability to speak, chew, and eat properly, distributing the force of your bite over more teeth, and preventing remaining teeth from shifting. Contact Dual Image Dentistry and Orthodontics to learn if dental crowns and bridges are options to rejuvenate your smile!
A dental implant is a metal post that is intricately placed into your upper or lower jawbone in order to replace missing tooth roots. Once your implant has integrated to your jawbone, an abutment is connected to the implant which can hold a crown, bridge, or denture and restore the function and beauty of your smile. Implants are extremely durable and provide a superior cost-effective solution to long term replacement of missing teeth. Long term research has shown that implants are predictable, successful over a long period of time, and can function similar to natural teeth. Regardless of the reason related to tooth loss, dental implants provide a simple remedy with proven results. While dental implants may be recommended for a number of reasons, all implants have the following benefits:
Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Implants are strong and stable
Improves quality of life for those who have missing teeth and sometimes too self-conscious to smile or talk
Restores your ability to eat and chew foods you desire
Provides stability to removable dentures
Improves speaking ability without the worry that your teeth might slip
Preserves facial structure
Overall improves comfort, convenience, and appearance for those looking to replace missing teeth
Our implant services At Dual Image Dentistry and Orthodontics will help you smile with confidence, so schedule your appointment now to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants!
PARTIALS & DENTURES
Partials and dentures are removable dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. Complete dentures are appropriate when there are no natural remaining teeth, while partial dentures are appropriate when there are some remaining natural teeth and some missing teeth that need replacement. Depending on the health of your teeth and gums, and the position and number of remaining teeth, our custom fitted partials and complete dentures are designed to restore your smile to its natural appearance. There are multiple affordable options available for partials and complete dentures, including dentures supported by implants to improve the fit and stability. Contact Dual Image Dentistry and Orthodontics to find out which option is right for you!
Root canals treat teeth that are too badly infected or damaged to treat with fillings or crowns alone. Root canals are indicated when the cavity infects the nerve of the tooth or when the nerve is damaged from trauma. Root canal treatment allows us to repair the unhealthy tooth by treating the nerve inside the affected tooth. During root canal treatment, the unhealthy portion of the tooth is removed, and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected and sealed. Once the tooth is healthy again, it can be restored back to its original function. While root canals have historically had a bad reputation, they can now be painlessly treated with the help of our modern local anesthetics and techniques that will make you comfortable during and after the treatment. Don’t wait until it’s too late, contact Dual Image Dentistry and Orthodontics now to have our dentists evaluate the health of your teeth!
Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups should always be practiced in order to prevent tooth loss. Although our dentists take every measure to help you prevent tooth loss, there are times when a tooth needs to be extracted, such as the following:
Severe abscess or infection from cavities
Advanced periodontal disease
Fractured teeth or roots
Tooth cannot be restored with other options to save teeth
Our highly experienced dentists will comfortably remove your tooth if an extraction is indicated, and will be happy to discuss the tooth replacement solutions we offer to revitalize your smile, including dental implants, crowns and bridges, and partials an dentures. Schedule your appointment now to better understand what treatment options are good for you!