21st century dentistry offers so many wonderful options for patients to choose from. At Hunt & Hunt Dentistry, we will first seek to understand you as an individual and then work with you to select the best and most appropriate treatment according to your unique temperament, circumstances and objectives. We feel that it is our responsibility to clearly explain your options and answer questions so that you will be equipped to make healthy, proactive choices.
Below are common types of dental procedures we offer. Based on your individual circumstances, one or multiple procedures may be right for you.
A dental crown or “cap” covers the entire tooth, reshaping and replacing its surface while leaving the root and base of the natural tooth intact. This is a viable solution for issues like:
- Weak or brittle teeth
- Extensive tooth decay
- Extensive wear or damage to teeth
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Failed fillings
Crowns can be made of all porcelain, porcelain fused to gold, porcelain fused to zirconium, or all gold. The best crown material is often determined by an individual’s bite and aesthetic considerations. Our doctors have extensive experience and advanced training in these techniques. We will be happy to help you make an appropriate choice that is right for you.
Options for Missing Teeth
Dentists replace missing or lost teeth with implants, bridgework, and/or removable partial dentures that can be undetectable to the eye. Choosing the best tooth replacement technique depends upon several factors, including the condition of the teeth adjacent to the space, the shape and the amount of shrinkage of the boney ridge after the extraction of the original tooth, the gum tissue thickness and continuity of symmetry with the other gum scallops, the esthetic display of the smile, the health of the gums, and budget considerations.
Dental implants have become our favored way to replace missing teeth lost due to periodontal disease, catastrophic decay, or by an accident or injury. Dental implants act as substitutes for the roots of your missing teeth. Similar to artificial joints, dental implants are made of specially treated titanium that is totally biocompatible. Human bone is actually attracted to the titanium and will grow towards and attach to the surface of these fixtures. Implants can be placed into the jawbone in the location of a missing tooth and will serve as a foundation or support for a replacement tooth crown that looks, feels and functions just like your natural teeth. Implants can also be used to secure, stabilize, or support dentures and bridges.
Implants are one of the most durable and reliable repairs for missing teeth offered by modern dentistry. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants might be the right option for you.
Dental bridges may be the best choice for replacing missing teeth and filling gaps in your smile. A bridge is often anchored to the natural teeth adjacent to the space where a tooth has been removed or it can be attached to two or more dental implants. It is bonded in place and is not removable. Bridges are a long-lasting solution designed to look and feel like your natural teeth.
Bridges can be relied upon to be comfortable and easy to clean and maintain. Unlike dentures or partials, nothing needs to be removed for cleaning, and there are no moving parts to chafe or cause discomfort. Your ceramic bridge will be designed to fit in your mouth and to match the precise shade of your surrounding teeth, so it’s an invisible solution that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are a natural looking way to repair a tooth that has a cavity. Instead of using silver metal (amalgam) fillings, a composite resin filling is used. It repairs and sustains the longevity of the tooth but it blends in with the natural color so you can’t tell it is there. Read more about Tooth colored fillings on the Cosmetic Dentistry page.
Your time, budget, and treatment preferences are what we consider in every procedure. We will walk you through each step in the process so knowing what to expect is easy. It is important to us that you are an informed participant in any type of procedure we may recommend. Call our office at 252-316-2214 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. We are located at 111 Candlewood Road in Rocky Mount, NC.