Silver fillings: This is the traditional filling material used since the beginning of time that is composed of several mixed metals. Silver fillings still work and are better than having no filling. However, most patients prefer the white fillings.
Composite fillings: This material is more common today and with improved technology, is stronger than before with less side effects such as hot, cold or chewing sensitivity. Among the major benefits of this material is the color/shade and bonding properties. Most fillings today are composite.
Gold: It’s not the same as “bling” or “grillz”, but really makes for an outstanding crown. Of course, you may not want gold on your front teeth unless you’re really into hip-hop, but it’s an excellent choice for a crown on your back tooth. The fit, feel and strength of gold is incomparable. If Dr. Jack needed a crown on his back tooth, he would get gold!
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM): This has been the standard for a while. The inside of the crown is metal and the outside is porcelain, giving a tooth-like appearance. A PFM crown can be used on both front and back teeth to give a natural appearance.
Ceramic: Technology has afforded us this Awesome material. When we say ceramic, don’t think about dishware, imagine white steel! This material has no metal although it’s just as strong and looks more natural than PFM’s. Zirconia is a common choice and has no gray appearance around the gum line and chipping is no longer an issue. Ceramic crowns are becoming more popular than PFM’s.
Partial Dentures: When a patient is only missing a few teeth, to restore function, they may elect to have those missing spaces filled with removable teeth in a cost effective way.
Immediate Dentures: Many patients realize they will lose all their teeth. Immediate dentures are for patients who do not want to go with missing teeth while their gums and bone heal. Rather than wait for teeth to fall out one by one, patients have the option of having their teeth removed with a denture delivered immediately on the same appointment.
Complete Dentures: Some patients have dentures that are old, broken or worn down. These patients have been missing all their teeth for a while and simply need new dentures to rejuvenate their appearance. The days of removing teeth are over and all you need to do is design your new Awesome look!