Airport Dental Care
Brian LaBombard, DMD
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Austin, TX
General dentistry involves the normal care and treatment of your teeth and the other structures within your mouth. It includes routine cleanings and the placement of fillings if cavities are present. At Airport Dental Care in Austin, Texas, Dr. LaBombard offers a comprehensive list of dental services. The staff members encourage you to keep your teeth and smile bright by scheduling your annual cleaning as soon as possible.
General Dentistry Q & A
What is a crown?
A crown is a restoration that’s formed to fit over the existing tooth. It’s placed over the top and bonded into place to protect the tooth from any further damage.
When used in a root canal procedure, the crown protects the surface of the tooth where the nerve was removed. It acts as a protective covering that protects the tooth and enhances its appearance.
Crowns are also used with implants that replace missing teeth. This type of crown looks almost exactly like the extracted tooth. In fact, they’re often impossible for others to identify as a fake tooth or appliance.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
A dental bridge offers benefits beyond providing the appearance of a full set of teeth. When a tooth or teeth are lost, those that were on either side tend to gravitate toward the newly created void. This can disrupt the natural alignment of the teeth, causing jaw pain and overall discomfort as you chew.
A dental bridge is anchored to both teeth on either side of the gap with a fake tooth or teeth resting in the center. Once the bridge is in place, it prevents the teeth on either side from shifting and stabilizes the surrounding teeth, making it easier for you to chew your food and speak clearly.
Are composite fillings as good as other types of fillings?
Composite resin fillings have been used since the 1960s. They are made from resins, polymers, and small bits of glass that provide color and substance. The material is tinted so it matches the color of the tooth it's being used to repair. These fillings are also mercury free,silver amalgam fillings.
Silver amalgam fillings are easily visible, however composite fillings are designed to blend into the tooth, making them practically invisible. Composite fillings are extremely hard and very resilient. Most fillings made from composite blends can last for five to 10 years and even longer in some cases.
Dr. LaBombard offers composite fillings that ensure a more aesthetic appearance once the procedure is finished.