We provide prosthodontic services to restore, replace and enhance damaged or lost teeth. Dr. Montes has extensive training in advanced dental restoration methods to restore the functionality and appearance of your teeth in almost any situation.
The traditional and best-known dental treatment for cavities, fillings restore the strength of your teeth and prevent further decay. Modern fillings are made from a tooth-colored composite material that look better and are less sensitive to temperature than amalgam fillings.
Crowns are full restorations that completely cover a tooth that is at risk of breaking or that can’t be restored with a filling. Crowns are also used to cover a tooth after root canal treatment. They are made to be extremely strong, so they can withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.
Traditional crowns are placed in two appointments. In the first appointment, the tooth is cleaned and prepared for the crown, and we take an impression of the tooth. The impression is used by a dental laboratory to create the crown. We’ll provide you with a temporary crown that you wear until your permanent crown is finished. In the second appointment, we remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown.
Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain or ceramic, depending on your budget and where the crown needs to be placed. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are shaded to blend in with your other teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to restore the structure of a tooth that has suffered damage from injury or decay. They are used as an alternative to a dental crown in some situations.
Although inlays and onlays resemble a filling, they are created in a different way than fillings. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory, and then bonded to your tooth. Once the inlay or onlay is placed, your tooth will be much stronger and can withstand 50 to 75 percent more chewing force. The difference between inlays and onlays is that inlays restore the non-biting parts of your tooth, and onlays restore the biting parts of your tooth.
A bridge is an option to fill the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is designed to look like the missing tooth, and it uses the surrounding teeth for support. Bridges can be made from different materials, depending on the teeth that need to be replaced and your budget.
Bridges also help keep your jaw healthy. When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap can shift into the gap. Over time, this can cause a chain reaction of problems that can result in TMJ and lost teeth. By holding the teeth in place the bridge prevents this from happening.
Same Day Crowns
We offer same day crowns using our digital impression and CAD/CAM systems in our office. Because we can take the impression and produce the crown so quickly, Dr. Montes can place a permanent crown in only one appointment.