You don’t have to have dark gray or silver spots in your mouth anymore. We offer resin composite fillings to enhance your mouth’s natural beauty. White fillings are just as sturdy as amalgam (or metal) fillings, and we color-match the resin to your natural tooth color. You’ll be able to yawn, laugh with your mouth wide open, and eat with confidence.
For teeth that have larger areas of damage, we offer inlays and onlays. These are treatments that provide strength, beauty, and stability without the need for a crown. Both are typically used on the crown of your tooth, or its chewing surface. An inlay replaces a corner or piece of the crown, while an onlay replaces the full bite surface. Both inlays and onlays are made in a lab to match perfectly with your tooth color and the area of your tooth that needs fixing.
In cases where a tooth is badly cracked or compromised, or after a root canal, Dr. Cox might want to place a crown. A crown is basically a tooth-shaped helmet for the healthy remains of your tooth. Crowns are permanent solutions that are modeled after the shape and color of your original tooth, and will look and function just like it.
Some of our patients are missing a tooth, but there are two healthy teeth on either side. A bridge lets us replace that missing tooth by attaching a custom-built replacement to these two healthy teeth. Dr. Cox uses metal-free bridges which means there will be no unsightly darkness at the base of your tooth. A bridge looks and feels just like your natural teeth, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to take care of it at home.
A partial denture is a fixture that replaces a number of missing teeth. These are created to match the look and color of your original teeth and are worn during the day then removed at night for soaking. Dr. Cox will design your partial, but it will be made in a lab using a combination of materials including lightweight plastics, porcelains, and wires. You’ll need to follow special instructions to keep your partial denture in top shape. At first, your partial may feel odd, but don’t worry, you’ll quickly get used to it. Just be sure to call Dr. Cox right away if you have pinching or sharp discomfort.
Did you know endentulous is the word dentists use for a person who is missing all his or her teeth? There are lots of reasons people lose their teeth: disease, accidents, extreme decay, sometimes even medications to treat other health problems cause tooth loss. Dentures are a classic option for our endentulous patients. Dentures are built specifically for your mouth to resemble your original teeth, and make it a lot easier to speak and eat following total tooth loss. Dentures are made of durable plastics and will require some special care.
A root canal becomes necessary if a tooth is abscessed, or infected. It is a procedure that allows you to keep part of your natural tooth and your natural root. During a root canal, the pulp in the core of your tooth is removed. Dr. Cox or one of his trusted colleagues seal the root, then place a crown. Dr. Cox does root canals on the teeth farther to the front of your mouth, but generally refers patients to a colleague when back molars are affected.
Sometimes, teeth just can’t be saved. Sometimes, teeth need to be removed to ease crowding. Sometimes, teeth become badly infected and can’t be treated with a root canal. Sometimes teeth only come in partially, or remain under gums where they can cause future problems. When these things are true, oral surgery is required. Dr. Cox does perform some oral surgery in-house, but he refers wisdom teeth and major oral surgery patients to a colleague.