How can we help you?
We get many questions about dental care and our Amherst, NH dental practice. We have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to browse to find the answers you are looking for. Maybe we can even answer a question you didn't realize you had!
If you have other questions not covered here, don't hesitate to contact our office. We'll be happy to answer them!
Fillings and Restorations
Our Amherst dental office offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to repair cracked, chipped or worn teeth. Depending on the severity, we can use inlays and onlays, crowns, or veneers to restore your smile to its full beauty.
Inlays and onlays can be used to repair chips and cracks, fill in gaps between teeth, or reshape crooked or broken teeth. Both inlays and onlays use tooth-colored composite to give you a natural, nearly-invisible restoration for your chipped teeth.
If the tooth is severely cracked or chipped, a dental crown may be your best option. Dental crowns fit over the entire tooth, restoring it to a natural, healthy appearance as well as providing protection and strength. Crowns cover the tooth in a protective "armor", helping to prevent further breakage.
Veneers are an ideal solution for both chipped and worn teeth and can be used on a single tooth, your front teeth, or all of your teeth. Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain or resin that fits onto the tooth, hiding any imperfections and giving your smile an instant facelift.
If your teeth are excessively worn, it's important to discover the cause of the wear so it can be prevented from happening in the future. We don't want you to damage your beautiful restorations! Once the cause of your tooth wear is resolved, we can proceed with the cosmetic treatment of your choice.
When you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay, a filling is typically recommended to restore it to health. Composite resin offers a variety of benefits for patients needing dental fillings in Amherst, the greatest being that they're tooth colored. Composite can be custom blended, so they provide a seamless look for your tooth and complement your smile.
Composite fillings also provide excellent durability because the material bonds directly to your tooth. It doesn't require Dr. Edwards to remove as much tooth structure for placement as metal fillings do, which means that composite fillings preserve more of your natural tooth.
Cosmetic Uses for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite resin can also be used to correct certain cosmetic imperfections such as chips, spacing between teeth, stains, oddly shaped teeth, and even small misalignment concerns. Cosmetic bonding is quick, non-invasive, and can typically be completed during one visit.
If you have cosmetic concerns or a cavity that needs to be filled, we encourage you to contact Dr. Edwards to schedule your appointment. It is important not to delay filling a tooth if it's damaged by decay because it can progress further into the tooth, reach the nerve, and cause an infection. Contact our office today for more information.
In our Amherst, NH dental office, we provide quality restorations to help keep your weakened tooth viable. At Kenneth G. Edwards Family Dental, we want your teeth to be strong!
Sometimes a tooth is weak and vulnerable to breakage. The causes include:
- Root canal failure
- Large cavities
- Extensive decay
- Untreated infections
- Dental trauma
When a tooth is severely damaged, or a cavity is particularly large, a filling will not keep the tooth viable.
Other Restoration Options
In these cases, we offer several restoration options to strengthen your tooth. These options may include:
Several restoration options not only keep your bite in check, but they also have aesthetic value, concealing chips, discoloration, and small gaps between teeth. You want to be able to chew and speak naturally, but you also want a great smile.
Additionally, we keep you relaxed and comfortable during the restoration process. Whether you need a dental filling or a more involved restoration, we are here to help.