Mahanes Dental Group

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Amalgam Verses Composite Resin Fillings:
Dental amalgam is made from a combination of metals that include silver, tin, and copper. Sometimes described as “silver-colored” fillings, dental amalgam has been used by dentists for more than 100 years featured on the left.
With advancements in dental technology we are now able to to provide you with a more natural replacement that removes less tooth structure. Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture that can withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either posterior or anterior teeth.
Inlays and Onlays:
Inlay is a restoration that is fabricated to fit into the tooth that replaces an area of damage.
An onlay is similar to an inlay but this type of restoration also replaces a cusp of the tooth.
Both of these procedures are less invasive and keep more natural tooth structure, and are necessary when traditional fillings are no longer an option due to the area and extent of decay. 
Example of Crown

Crowns:

A crown is a restoration that covers, or “caps,” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and a filling won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse. A crown is also used to restore a tooth when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling, or to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, restore a fractured tooth or to cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.


To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is reduced so the crown can fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is made and sent to the lab for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth.

Example of Bridge work

Bridges:
The purpose of a bridge is to replace one or more missing teeth.  A bridge is made to look and function  like natural teeth. It is permanently anchored to the teeth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth or teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side are prepared as crowns to serve as anchors or “abutments” for the bridge. Bridge the gap.