Historically Amalgam(Mercury),Gold,Base Metal and Composite Resin has been used in Dentistry . At Renaissance Family and Cosmetic Dentistry we only provide eco-friendly,bio-compatible and metal free restorations
Metal-Free Dentistry enables Dr. Krishnamurthy to create natural looking teeth restorations conserving the natural tooth structure. By using Metal-Free Dentistry we can eliminate the black lines around the gum line to give you a natural tooth color. Metal-Free Dentistry includes tooth colored fillings, Metal-Free Crowns and Bridges, and even Metal-Free natural-looking Partials and Dentures.
From a holistic standpoint, some studies have shown that the metals in our mouth can contain toxins, like mercury, and can actually attribute to and escalate certain health conditions.
A biological dentist like Dr. Krishnamurthy understands the impacts of toxic materials and relates it to dental and physiological health. Biological dentists are concerned with the integrity of the oral cavity and use materials and procedures in their practices that are systemically compatible.
Metal-Free (Composite Resin) Fillings-Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
The bacterial infection of natural teeth can cause formation of caries. Bacteria that reside over the surface of natural teeth feed on sugary foods and release acids that can dissolve the healthy tooth structure. Removal of caries and restoring tooth is absolutely essential to protect tooth from danger and to improve oral health. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other teeth and lead to tooth loss. Dental fillings are one of the types of restorations that are used by Dr. Krishnamurthy to treat decayed natural teeth. The procedure involves reestablishing damaged tooth structure using appropriate filling materials. Do you have a decayed tooth? Make an appointment to know how we can help restore your healthy smile.
Composite Resin fillings are eco-friendly natural looking tooth colored , healthy restorations which can easily flow into the tooth pits and require less amount of natural tooth to be removed. The material does not expand or contract due to changes in temperature.
Composite Resin Fillings Process
The dentist firstly examines the tooth to check the extent of decay/damage. X-rays may be taken for this purpose. The tooth decay is removed using appropriate dental instruments and the area is cleaned with the help of sterilizing agents to clear bacteria. The tooth is isolated using rubber dam and it is prepared to hold the fillings. The adhesives are filled in the cavity and the dental filling is allowed to flow in place. Special light may be used to harden the restoration quickly. The dentist then explains to patients how to take care of the restoration. Depending on the type of material, dental fillings may last from 5 to 15 years.
Metal-Free Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
The Inlay & Onlay Process
The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit, the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won’t be able to tell the difference.
Metal-Free Dental Crowns
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration, and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The Crown Placement Process
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist.
On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back.
Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile
Metal-Free Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The Dental Bridge Process
The process of placing a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth.
When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow-up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days, it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.