Dentistry can be a work of art! At Formosa Dental Arts, we use only tooth-colored restorations to maintain the natural appearance of your teeth, even after you've had dental work done.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Until a couple of decades ago, it was common to restore teeth with metal restorations. While metal is long-lasting and provides a solution to broken, decayed, or missing teeth, it can cast a dark shadow over the appearance of your smile. Additionally, some patients have metal allergies or concerns when it comes to mercury-containing dental fillings.
While the American Dental Association has found no long-term health risks to using amalgam fillings, many patients prefer the BPA-free resin composite fillings. Composite fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings, allowing us to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
As a courtesy to our patients and to protect the esthetics of your smile, we proudly offer tooth-colored fillings, crowns, implant crowns, and bridges.
Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings
Most patients will experience at least one instance of decay during their lifetimes. Regular fluoride toothpastes, dental cleanings, and good home care habits can reduce your likelihood of suffering from decay. Dental decay is often diagnosed using digital dental x-rays. Routine dental x-rays help us diagnose decay in its earliest stages when it is easiest to treat.
After diagnosis, Dr. Alexander Chang will numb your tooth, if necessary. If the decay is small and only affects the enamel of your tooth, you may not need any anesthetic. Once your tooth is numb, Dr. Chang will remove all signs of decay and bacteria. He will fill the cavity with composite that matches the shade of your tooth, creating a seamless appearance. He will then cure the composite with a light that causes it to harden immediately.
After polishing your filling to a shine, your treatment is complete and you can eat on it right away. Be careful about hot beverages or chewy foods if your tooth is still numb!
Porcelain, Ceramic, and Zirconia Crowns and Bridges
Cracked, severely decayed, or structurally compromised teeth require more support than a filling. A dental crown completely covers your tooth structure from the gumline to the chewing surface and can dramatically improve the longevity of your tooth.
If you have ever seen crowns with a dark margin, you know that it can affect your appearance. The esthetics of today’s restorations allow for us to create incredibly durable and long-lasting crowns without metal margins – especially for your front teeth, where it is more noticeable.
The material that will work best for your crown depends largely upon your personal preference, the location of your crown, and how much force will be absorbed from chewing. We can discuss the best options for you during your evaluation.
A dental bridge fills in the gap in your smile. By using porcelain or ceramic materials, we can create both attractive and durable dental bridges to give you your smile back.
Contact Us to Learn More about Esthetic Restorations
If you require dental work but want to maintain the beauty of your smile, contact our Irvine, CA dental office to learn more about tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, and bridges.