Daniel R. Cotton D.D.S

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  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.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

-Chipped teeth.
-Closing space between two teeth.
-Cracked or broken teeth.
-Decayed teeth.
-Worn teeth.

This patient was unhappy with her smile due to having tetracycline staining. Patient had porcelain crowns placed on her upper and lower front teeth. Dr. Cotton was also able to change the shape of the teeth slightly to straighten her smile.

Composite Fillings/Bondings

Porcelain Fixed Bridge

In this case the length of the patients natural teeth were worn down from patient grinding/clenching. He aslo did not like the spacing between front teeth. Dr. Cotton placed porcelain crowns adding length and closing space between front teeth.

Before: Patient was missing a tooth and had two existing crowns with poor enamel color that didn't match to patient's natural teeth, and poor margins showing metal around the patient's gumline. 

After: Placed Porcelain Bridge. The new bridge not only fills the space where the tooth was missing, but also matches the patient's natural tooth color. It was designed to properly fit around the gumline. Proper fit aids in decreasing decay and the ease of the patient's ability to clean around a bridge.
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A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

-Broken or fractured teeth.
-Cosmetic enhancement.
-Decayed teeth.
-Fractured fillings.
-Large fillings.
-Tooth has a root canal.

This is another example of a patient with teeth that were severely ground down from patient grinding/clenching. Dr.Cotton placed porcelain crowns building back up patient's teeth and restoring her smile.

In this case the patient did not like the size of his natural teeth or the spacing between the teeth. Dr. Cotton placed porcelain crowns reconstruction the whole look of his smile.

Porcelain Crowns

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