Made of tooth-colored material, composite fillings restore the teeth’s natural beauty. Composite fillings can be matched very closely to your natural tooth color and are virtually indistinguishable from non-restored teeth. Composite fillings are excellent options for front teeth, but our doctors may prefer them for selected sites on posterior teeth as well. The composites we use have proven to be extremely durable.
Silver fillings have been recommended for bicuspids and molars, or those teeth not showing when smiling. Silver filling material is known for its strength and durability. Our choice of filling material for each patient is individual, and will depend on the location and position of the tooth needing treatment. The doctors and staff will discuss your options with you before treatment.
A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth in order to strengthen it as well as restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown may be placed to support a large filling when there is little remaining tooth structure, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, or restore fractured teeth. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy will require a crown following treatment to provide strength and support to the tooth. We only use materials for crowns that will provide the longest lasting benefits and most natural look to our patients. In cases of extreme tooth structure breakdown, a core or core build-up may also be indicated to aid in protecting the remaining tooth structure and help support the crown.
A fixed bridge, usually made of porcelain fused to metal, is used to replace missing teeth. A bridge helps to create a normal bite, prevent stress on the dental arch, prevent the drifting and tilt of adjacent teeth, inhibit decay in difficult areas, and slow the onset of periodontal diseases. Bridges are composed of abutments (the sound teeth on either side acting as supports) and the span (a framework attached to the abutments with artificial teeth attached to that framework). Our patients appreciate the expertise and training that Drs. Nick and Nate Pound have in this field as well as success with their patients.
Single Tooth or Multiple Tooth Implants
Dental implants replace teeth that have been missing since birth or have been lost due to gum disease, infection, trauma, or decay. Implants are surgically attached to the jawbone and become a permanent part of your mouth. With implants, patients no longer experience the slipping, moving, and irritation of dentures. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth because they are made of a metal that is highly compatible with the jaw bone. As a result, the implant (a small post that protrudes from the gum) is able to fuse easily with the underlying bone. A highly experienced oral surgeon or periodontist recommended by our office will perform the surgical procedure for your implant. Drs. Nick and Nate Pound will partner with your surgeon to follow your treatment to the restorative phase. The doctors will complete the implant procedure by attaching natural and functional tooth structures to the implant components, providing you once again with the comforts and confidence that accompanies a beautiful smile.
Usually customized from porcelain, veneers are thin, semi-translucent facings bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are durable, stain-resistant, and natural looking. They conceal broken, chipped, discolored, crooked, and misshapen teeth, and provide you with the winning smile you have always wanted.