Caries, cavities, tooth decay—these terms are synonyms for the damage caused by bacteria and acid erosion that eat at your tooth enamel. If the breakdown in your enamel hasn’t reached the center (called the pulp) of your tooth, we can remove the decay and restore your smile with a tooth-colored filling.Tooth-colored fillings are made from a safe, durable composite resin material, and they blend in seamlessly so nobody but your dentist can tell you’ve had a cavity filled. They also have the benefits of being mercury-free, and the ability to withstand hot and cold temperatures without cracking. At A Smile By Design, we can remove your old metal fillings and replace them with composite fillings!
If you’re missing a tooth, you know it can hurt more than your self-confidence. Surrounding teeth may shift to fill the gap, and the empty space can cause your jawbone to deteriorate. These changes can cause pain and make speaking and eating a healthy diet difficult. At A Smile By Design, we want to prevent the condition from worsening and can do so by placing a bridge.
Bridges, like crowns, can be made from several different materials. One of the differences is that your surrounding teeth may require preparation for placement of the bridge. When your permanent bridge is placed, you’ll want to eat soft foods during the adjustment phase. After a while, you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods comfortably again and get back to feeling confident about your smile and oral health!
If you’re missing one or more teeth and your jawbone is still healthy and strong, we may recommend dental implants. Dental implants provide the most secure, natural-feeling and looking tooth replacement solution. The benefits are numerous, with one of the biggest being their ability to mimic your natural tooth root.
Dr. Vogler doesn’t place dental implants, but he can refer you to a trusted specialist for the beginning of the process, which entails placement of the biocompatible post into your jawbone and around 3-6 months of healing. After that, Dr. Vogler can secure a beautiful crown to your implant post for a single-tooth replacement, a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or a full denture—all from within the comfort of your dental home.