Fillings

All of the fillings that we do here at Harris Family Dentistry are composite resin (white fillings). Modern dentistry has combined beauty and strength with composite resin. We take pride in restoring teeth to as close to their original strength and appearance with composite resins. We believe that the composite filling material is superior to amalgam in many ways, as well as being much more esthetic.

Preventive resin restorations require minimal tooth preparation of the deep fissure and pits or the need to remove incipient decay or for areas with developmental defects. Often, we are able to use no anesthesia and Micro-abrasion to clean out the grooves of the teeth. Micro-abrasion uses an Aluminum Oxide powder to “spray” out any stain that may be present in the grooves. Stain in the grooves of teeth is made up of bacteria that can, and often does, turn into decay if left untreated. The prepared area is then filled with a composite resin.


Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also called a root canal) is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, a dentist or endodontist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing. Whenever a tooth has had a root canal treatment, a crown must be placed on the tooth for protection.


CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Crowns are typically placed on teeth when the cavity, old filling or broken area of the tooth is too large to repair with a filling. Crowns are also placed to protect a tooth after a root canal treatment has been done. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, and different situations dictate the type of material used. Our lab technician works closely with the doctors to provide an excellent result, esthetically and functionally. We take great pride in our work placed in your mouth. The ultimate goal is for the crown to look and feel like a natural, healthy tooth.

Bridges are fixed, or non-removable prostheses constructed to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the existing space are used to anchor the bridge to restore functionality as well as esthetics. We construct beautiful porcelain fused to metal bridges as well as porcelain fused to zirconia bridges to produce the most esthetic, functional and long lasting results as possible.