Restorative Dentistry

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What are dental fillings and what material is used for them?

A dental filling is a procedure used to repair structural damage to a tooth back toward its original form or a form that is most suitable for the patient’s mouth and smile. Structural damage can be caused by tooth decay (“a cavity”), wear or trauma. After the decay or dental problem is removed, the structure of the tooth is restored with a filling. The material Dr. Griffin uses is the strongest, most durable, and one of the safest resins available today.  Dr. Griffin does not use any dental amalgam (with mercury and silver) for his dental fillings. These metals have been proposed to be toxic to the human body.  Dr. Griffin also replaces these metal fillings placed by other dentists using this special resin.

What is a root canal and how is the procedure performed?

This fantastic procedure has allowed Dr. Griffin to save hundreds of teeth that otherwise would have been extracted.

Root canal therapy is a procedure used to remove an infected pulp tissue within the canal of the tooth’s root. The tooth is first treated with anesthetics for complete comfort during the procedure. The tooth is then isolated, the infected canal is cleansed with great precision and then filled with a non-toxic natural rubber based material so nothing grows in there again.  Finally, a porcelain crown is placed onto the tooth for optimal protection.

What are dental crowns and when are they used?

A dental crown (or “cap”) replaces the tops of extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Dental crowns can be made of gold metals, silver metals, porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal. Dr. Griffin uses only porcelain material as it is found to be the most cosmetic material and can be made to match the color of your own teeth. With the use of the latest technology, Dr. Griffin fabricates dental crowns to the precision required to perfect your smile.  Usually a provisional crown is placed onto the tooth while the final all-ceramic crown is being custom fabricated in the dental laboratory.