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Your Back Teeth Are Front And Center with Coombs & Brewer

Ryan Coombs, DDS & Shannon Brewer, DDS | Carson City, Nevada's Preferred Dentists, Specializing In General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Back Teeth Solutions

When a tooth is fractured or severely broken-down, placing a crown, sometimes called a "cap," can replace the missing tooth structure and strengthen the tooth. Crowns are made of many different materials, and we will always help you choose the best for your situation. Modern porcelains, for instance, are very natural looking and can help make the "dark teeth, silver filling" look a thing of the past. Strength, beauty, and a natural feel are all benefits of restoring teeth with crowns.

Inlays/onlays offer the benefits of crowns, such as strength and cosmetic appearance, yet generally involve a more conservative preparation, meaning less tooth reduction. Today, these restorations are made of porcelain and bonded into place.

With the introduction of new materials, the antiquated silver/mercury fillings are a thing of the past. All teeth fillings done in our office use newer tooth-colored, reinforced composite-resin material. You can select from a variety of colors to match whatever area of the tooth is to be repaired or replaced. The bonding process adheres the repair material to the damaged tooth, increasing the overall strength of the tooth.

Tooth Replacement
A missing tooth can cause problems with a shifting bite, collapsing smile/face, and premature wear on the remaining teeth, along with jaw and TMJ problems. There are two general approaches to replacing missing teeth:

These replacements do not come out even for cleaning. Examples of this include dental bridges, and single and multiple implants. Bridges are crowns or onlays on the teeth on either side of the space holding a pontic or replacement tooth in place. Implants replace the root of the tooth and substitute for the missing tooth. Once healed the implant will then support a tooth and its function.

While not the most popular, these are probably the most economical. This concept uses an alloy/metal or acrylic framework to hold and support the artificial teeth or tooth. There are a few factors we'll discuss with when choosing these appliances, such as:

  • The condition of remaining teeth used to support framework
  • The feeling of an unfamiliar appliance in your mouth
  • Aesthetic considerations