For more than 100 years, dentists restored teeth primarily with a material made of mercury and silver. The procedures tended to hold up pretty well, but there were some weaknesses, including teeth cracking due to expansion of the material and restorations turning black as the silver corroded.
Fortunately, we have excellent new techniques in adhesion dentistry that have better, longer-lasting results. We can replace old crowns and bridges with metal-free restorations. The difference between the old metal fillings and our new porcelain restorations is amazing. The porcelain restorations reflect the translucence of natural teeth, don't show wear, or cause opposing teeth to erode. Plus, fitting the crown or bridge is so easy that these dental procedures can be accomplished in one appointment.
When the size of a filling exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a crown, also called a cap. Dr. Kneib may also recommend a crown if your tooth is cracked.
A crown covers your tooth completely, fitting snugly at the gum line and protecting what remains of the natural tooth. These may be of an all ceramic material, all metal, or a combination of the two. The are many advantages to porcelain or ceramic crowns:
Dr. Kneib may also recommend a bridge or implant be utilized to replace one or more missing teeth.
A high quality porcelain crown that we fully recommend is Ivoclar Vivident's e.Max crown. The benefits of the product include high strength, high durability, and esthetic appeal all in one.
Bonding is a quick and affordable way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries. It can yield dramatic results in a single office visit, quickly filling in ugly gaps between teeth and repairing chips and cracks.
Bonding essentially hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth. Dr. Kneib uses dental bonding to sculpt individual teeth with a special tooth-like material that looks, acts, and feels like the real thing.
After treating the tooth surface, Dr. Kneib applies a putty-like bonding material that is then sculpted and shaped to suit your needs. A high-intensity light causes the plastic to harden, and then the new surface is smoothed and polished.
And, as you can see below, the tooth-colored fillings by Dr. Kneib can substantially improve the beauty of your teeth, too. For individuals who meet the requirements, any of the above mentioned dental procedures can be accomplished in-house during one appointment.