If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Burt can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Although Dr. Burt will aim to preserve any damaged teeth, a root canal or extraction may be necessary at times.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth as a full-coverage prosthetic tooth replacement. It is not an implant as it does not replace the root(s) of a tooth, just the portion above the gum line. Crowns are recommended when teeth are severely damaged, malformed, or have had a root canal procedure.
Fillings are used to repair cracked or broken teeth as well as teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as nail-biting or tooth-grinding).
A root canal is necessary when the decay or bacteria is in the nerve of the tooth. Dr. Burt will remove the decay and fill the canals with a medicated filling material. It is also necessary in most cases to have a crown placed to protect the tooth from breaking.
An extraction is the removal of a broken or decayed tooth. When too much damage prevents repair, the tooth must be removed. There are several options Dr. Burt can discuss with you to replace a missing tooth.