At Alpine Dental Health we emphasize prevention and education—the best safeguards for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Of course, sometimes dental problems arise despite best efforts with home care. No matter your needs, rest assured that our entire team is here to care for you and make your visit as pleasant as possible.
A crown is a thin shell of porcelain and/or metal that covers your tooth to restore it to its original shape and function. Crowns are durable and strong, allowing you to keep teeth that are badly decayed, extremely weak, or fractured.
A bridge can replace one or two missing teeth, provided the adjacent teeth are strong enough to support the bridge. In most cases, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth, but bridges can be used if you are not a good candidate for an implant.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is used to treat teeth that are infected or dead due to decay or injury. Infected teeth should be taken seriously – an untreated infection can turn deadly, spreading into your neck or brain.
Many people fear root canal therapy, associating the acute pain of their infection with the treatment it requires. In reality, modern root canal therapy is a generally easy procedure that, rather than causing pain, actually eliminates it by fixing the underlying problem and restoring an infected tooth to health.
Despite a common misperception, the root of your tooth remains intact after treatment. The dentist merely cleans the infected tissue out of the small tubes running down the root. In most cases, teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected by a crown.
Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings
At Alpine Dental Health, we use only tooth-colored (composite) fillings, versus the silver fillings that many people grew up with. Why? Tooth-colored fillings are the most versatile and effective way to restore the beauty of your smile. They are a more natural-looking and attractive alternative to older silver fillings, which leave visible dark spots on your teeth. From a clinical standpoint, silver fillings can also conceal problems for many years, making it difficult to determine when they need to be replaced. Though we don’t suggest replacing your older silver fillings purely for looks, when they do fail, we recommend using a tooth-colored composite.