Dentistry has changed more in the past 10 years than it did in the preceding 30 years. With new technology, materials, and procedures, we can now offer patients improved dental restorative services. Most of us require some type of dental restorative work, such as fillings, crowns, or bridges, during our lifetime. Due to our extensive experience and commitment to continuing education, Buffalo Dental Group offers patients the latest technology, materials and procedures. Our goal is to give patients high-quality restorative dentistry when necessary and to prevent future breakdown.
Our restorative services include (but are not limited to):
Of all the methods for changing and improving the look of your smile, veneers are among the most popular and successful with our patients. We are certified Lumineer providers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Veneers mask discolored, misaligned, cracked, or chipped teeth, creating an attractive smile you won’t want to hide.
When bonded to the teeth, ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them, and they take on the natural color of the underlying teeth.
Can a hazardous material be stored in your mouth?
We have not used silver mercury in over 15 years because it is considered a hazardous material, yet other dentists still put it in your mouth even today.
We believe in conservative, lasting dentistry. Many people still have amalgam fillings, often called silver or mercury fillings, from years past. These fillings are not esthetically pleasing because they darken and corrode over time.
We also know that by unavoidable design, amalgam fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Because they contain about 50 percent mercury, amalgam fillings expand and contract in response to temperature changes. Over time, this causes damage, such as fractures, to teeth from the inside out. Two potential problems may result. Decay beneath the crown can form, and the patient may need a root canal to save the tooth. If the tooth cracks or breaks from these fractures, a full crown restoration is the only solution. New innovations in bonding technology allow us to create porcelain onlays and tooth-colored restorations (resin) that are strong, natural-looking, and beautiful.
Amalgams/Mercury Fillings - Why?
Inlays / Onlays
When over half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, we will often recommend an inlay or onlay.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain or composite resin. These pieces (like a puzzle piece) are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Using advanced bonding techniques, back teeth with large cavities and unsightly silver-amalgam fillings can be beautifully restored with tooth-colored, ceramic onlays. This technique will preserve more of your natural tooth and cost much less than a full crown restoration. Onlays feel like your own teeth, look totally natural, and strengthen the restored tooth.
You don’t have to be at the mercy of old-fashioned dental fillings. Have us replace them with bonded onlays.
All of your teeth play an important role in speech, chewing, and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn't necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions, from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it's difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak better with a denture—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture, on the other hand, is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brushing your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures will stimulate circulation in your tissues, and help remove plaque.
Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
The dental implants used by most dentists are root-form implants, which basically means that they are replacement, or substitute, tooth roots to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing. Since it replaces the tooth root, it creates the stability needed to have much stronger teeth that stay in place and don’t move around.
The benefits of dental implants are numerous. Among them:
- You will look 10 years younger. Dental Implants make you in look and feel younger because they prevent bone loss that would normally occur with the loss of teeth. Your facial structures and jaw remain strong, healthy, and intact as a result, and the chances of wrinkling and looking old before your time are less likely. This is especially important when all of the teeth are missing because the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.
- Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. You will look younger and more attractive, which allows you to be even more confident as you enjoy smiling, laughing, and talking.
- You can now live longer, because you’ll get to eat better and deter malnutrition or stomach problems. Fresh vegetables, corn, and fruits are back on the menu. You can now eat the foods you like. Also, since your chewing is improved, your digestion will be even better.
- You’ll have more confidence in social situations. Most of our patients love their new implants because of improved appearance, oral function, comfort, and health. When you go out in public, you will never have to cover your mouth with your hand out of embarrassment or put off eating out of fear of a denture popping out or gagging you. Also, the improved appearance of your new smile will have people giving you compliments galore.
- Implants allow you to relax and not worry about your dentures moving around, popping out, or gagging you. You’ll never worry about your dentures flying out when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or when you eat. Implants are so securely attached that the fear of them falling out will be eliminated. These will feel like they are your natural teeth.
- Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, as well as the tooth root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. With implants, teeth look and feel completely natural.
- Implants increase the joy of eating. You will taste foods more fully. Wearing an upper denture can prevent someone from really tasting food, as the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so you can truly enjoy the taste of foods.
- Implants improve overall oral health and decrease the risks of oral cancer and heart disease. Implants require less care than dentures. Your chances of bacteria build up and gum disease decrease with implants.
- Eliminate denture adhesives FOREVER! Since implant-supported teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is no need for messy dentures adhesives.
- Your other teeth will not be affected because of missing teeth. Implant-supported crowns and bridges do not rely on adjacent teeth for attachment. Your natural teeth will not be compromised or damaged. For example, when you wear a partial denture, clamps hook on to adjacent teeth, and the resulting pressure can cause loosening or loss. Bridges require that the adjacent teeth be grinded down so that the bridge can be cemented in place. This tooth structure can never be replaced, and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised.
So as you can see, the benefits of implants far out weigh the benefits of wearing dentures or living with missing teeth. We invite you to come in and find out if implants are right for you.
Have you been told you need a crown? Did you know there are alternatives to crowns?
At Buffalo Dental Group, we rarely crown (or cap) teeth. Dentist no longer have to grind away much of the natural tooth structure before attaching a crown. Additionally, a crown does not have to replace a crown – there are alternatives for replacements. In some cases we can replace a crown with a tooth-colored onlay that will blend with your naturally white smile and strengthen your tooth.
We feel that the more of your tooth we can preserve, the stronger it will be. We’ve been practicing this for over 10 years, helping thousands of our patients preserve their natural teeth and keep smiling.
When more than half of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, we will often use an inlay or onlay. These can be made of porcelain or composite resin. These pieces (like a puzzle piece) are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.