EC Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Restorations

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Listed here, you will find a collection of some of the most popular questions we receive in our office. If you do not see your question addressed here, we encourage you to call us. One of our helpful team members will be happy to address your specific inquiry.

Dental Restorations

Many of our patients are just as concerned with how they look as how they feel. We know that you want an excellent quality of life and refuse to let anything hold you back. We also know you want to look great and feel totally confident. Dr. Ciula is exceptionally skilled at the art of cosmetic dentistry and has improved many patients’ lives by improving the appearance of their smiles.

Dr. Ciula's office stays up to speed with the latest technology and equipment so that she can provide you with the best dentistry around.

Our patients constantly say how impressed they are that a few cosmetic improvements can make such a difference in how they look and feel about their smiles. Sometimes, simple cosmetic procedures such as whitening or bonding are all it takes to improve the aesthetics of your teeth.

For those of you who have bigger changes to make, Dr. Ciula can make a treatment plan for a total smile makeover. From veneers to new crowns, we can address every one of your concerns and make sure you feel completely confident that you will have the smile of your dreams.

A crown (or a cap) refers to a dental restoration that fits over the top of your tooth like a protective helmet. Crowns become necessary when your tooth is fractured, has deep decay, is damaged, or has become otherwise compromised.

A crown requires Dr. Ciula to prep your tooth. This means that she removes some of your tooth structure as well as all decay in order for your crown to fit over the top of your natural tooth. Your crown will be custom made just for you. The size, shape, and color of your crown will match your existing teeth.

Our teeth absorb so much force form eating and speaking that cracked teeth are pretty common. Dr. Ciula has performed numerous crown procedures and is highly skilled at creating successful and attractive crowns to help you maintain your dental health.

Failure to treat a fractured tooth could lead to tooth loss and pain. A fractured tooth is a time bomb and can split down the middle at any time. Often, a split tooth causes severe pain and almost always needs an extraction. If you have sensitivity or pain in any of your teeth, let us know so Dr. Beth Kreider can look at it and let you know if it requires a crown.

When we place a filling, we wish we could make it last forever, but because your teeth absorb force daily from chewing, talking, and possibly from grinding your teeth, fillings last on average from eight to ten years. Dr. Ciula does an excellent job with filling and eliminating decay. She tries to catch those potential problems as early as possible.

Over time, fillings can break down. They might just get old, or you might damage one by chewing on something particularly hard. No matter how you damaged it, the compromised filling can allow bacteria to enter your tooth. This means the potential for a cavity exists.

When we see you for your preventative exams and professional hygiene appointments, we look for any damage to your fillings. If we notice damage, it is important to replace your fillings as quickly as possible to avoid secondary decay.

In our Denver dental office, Dr. Ciula offers both white and amalgam fillings. The type of filling you choose might depend on your own personal preference, where your filling is located, and how much force it will receive when you chew.

If you have a tooth with a large amount of filling material, we may recommend a crown to stabilize and protect your tooth.

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