Dental fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth as a result of decay, wear or trauma. Dr. Hogan can restore a tooth with one of several filling materials such as porcelain, gold, amalgam, or composite resin (white material.) Each filling material has advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Hogan will help you to determine which material is appropriate for you. And, you will have the final choice.
Bonding (Composite Resin fillings)
Bonding is the term used to describe the process of using composite resins to restore a crack or chip in the surface of a tooth. Chipped or cracked teeth are typically repaired through bonding (resin.) A tooth-colored, composite filling is applied to the surface of a tooth and then sculpted into shape and contour. Then it is polished to make filling completely “invisible.”
A “root canal” is basically a regular dental filling within the root of the tooth. There should be no fear behind root canals. In this current day and age, a root canal is not your mother’s or grandmother’s “root canal.” Today, they are usually quick, painless and effective at restoring teeth. Root canal therapy removes infected pulp tissue within the root of the tooth. The hollowed-out tooth is filled with an antibacterial filling, and the tooth is “capped” with a crown for protection. Dr. Hogan is confident in performing routine endodontics.
Dental crowns (or caps) repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth when the filling is cavity is too large for a regular filling to restore it. Usually these are recommended to prevent fracture of a tooth. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or a combination of both. All teeth can be restored with beautiful, white, porcelain teeth. Dr. Hogan prefers porcelain (white, cosmetic) crowns in most cases. But in some cases, such as the very back tooth of an upper jaw, he believes in the functional merit and superb longevity of gold crowns for some patients when the tooth is not visible. Ultimately, you will have the final choice after hearing all of your options. Dr. Hogan restores several crowns per day lending extensive experience in this field.
Dental Bridges (Cemented, fixed, “permanent”)
Dental bridges replace one or two missing teeth while crowning the adjacent teeth. They are fixed and non-removable. Although Dr. Hogan is a Board-Certified (ABOI) Dental Implantologist, he knows that there are some patients who would be best served by a “bridge.” Dr. Hogan is well-trained and experienced in dental bridges. He believes the dental bridge is a good restoration for replacement of a missing tooth when the adjacent teeth are in need of crowns, finances are in consideration, the patient does not want a dental implant, or when longevity is not a concern. However, when the adjacent teeth do not need to be restored with a crown and the patient is otherwise healthy, a dental implant is clearly the ideal choice because it will likely last longer and function better for the patient.
Dental Implants are the single-most effective and successful dental replacement for a one, two, a few or several missing teeth. An implant is a titanium “root” that replaces a patient’s natural missing tooth. This “root” allows Dr. Hogan to replace a missing tooth with a crown that looks like a natural tooth. Contrary to some people’s perception, the procedure is minimally invasive, relatively painless and simple to accomplish.
Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
Full Dentures replace ALL missing teeth in an arch. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth. They are removable and generally speaking are more affordable than “fixed,” or “cemented” bridges. Full and partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth or damaged teeth that cannot be repaired. A conventional full or partial denture gains support and stability from existing teeth or the gums. But,, Dr. Hogan can add one, two or a few dental implants to help stabilize your partial or full denture. This would increase a patient’s comfort, stability, function and confidence while wearing their removable denture. In many cases, the denture is so stable that it feels “fixed,” or as some patients would say, “permanent.” In any event, these restorations can be placed with or without dental implants for a range of rigid retention and confidence.
Precision-attachment Partial Dentures
This is basically a regular partial denture but without any of those unsightely metal clasps that can be seen when a patient smiles. All of the retentive clasps can be made in which the retentive attachments are hidden behind the teeth! There are no metal clasps to view in the smile.
Dr. Hogan has a CEREC CAD-CAM computer and milling chamber to fabricate immediate and beautifully white, porcelain fillings. Most people in many dental office have to choose between weaker but prettier resins versus stronger but darker silver fillings. CAD-CAM CEREC, porcelain fillings allow a patient to have the benefit of the stronger silver fillings combined with the cosmetic resin. In many cases Dr. Hogan can finish your beautiful, white, porcelain fillings in the office AND in just one visit!