Composite Dental Fillings

What are composite fillings?

Mouth fillings are the most popular method of restoring teeth. There are many types of materials that can be used for fillings such as amalgam and gold. Composite fillings are a popular choice because they match the color of teeth and look natural. Composites are not only used to restore decayed teeth, but they may also be used for cracked or broken teeth, stained teeth, and teeth that have been worn down. Second Ave Family Dental is your specialist in composite fillings!

Benefits of composite fillings

  • Tooth-colored fillings keep your smile looking bright and healthy.
    The aesthetic effects are some of the top benefits of composite fillings. Many times, metal restorations will eventually show through your teeth. On the other hand, composite resin restorations will look natural for decades, if not for the rest of your life.
  • Composite resin can more effectively strengthen your teeth.
    Amalgam does not actually bond with your tooth. Because composite will adhere directly to the inside of your tooth, it can better support the weakened structure.
  • With a composite filling, your dentist can preserve more of your tooth.
    Because composite bonds with the dental walls, your dentist at Second Ave Family Dentistry will not have to reshape your tooth as much as a metal restoration would require.
  • Composite does not change shape.
    When exposed to significant temperature variations, metal will expand or contract. Over the years, this can dramatically weaken your tooth. In contrast, composite remains stable, even when exposed to heat or cold.

How are fillings placed?

Fillings are very common and can be done in one visit to the dentist. Once local anesthesia is applied, your dentist at Second Ave Family Dental will begin removing decay from the tooth using a dental drill and clean out the decayed area. When all the decay is removed, we will prepare and shape the area so that the filling material, such as composite, can be placed. Once the filling has been placed, the filling will be shaped and the tooth will be polished so it can look as natural as possible.
After first receiving a filling, many patients become temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods. When the tooth becomes used to having the filling, the sensitivity will subside.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom-made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal; porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Our dentists will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.

Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:

  • To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
  • To anchor and attach a dental bridge
  • To cover and complete a dental implant
  • To enhance the beauty of your smile
  • To improve a misshapen tooth
  • To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weak
  • To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains

To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, we welcome you to contact us today!

dental bridges available at 2nd Ave Family Dentistry

Dental Bridges

A missing tooth can mar even the most beautiful smile, but our dentists can restore beauty to your smile. A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. A typical dental bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding abutments (dental crowns). Once complete, this dental bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Without the use of a dental bridge, spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to occlusion (biting) and/or jaw problems and spur periodontal disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges or any other cosmetic dentistry procedure, please contact our office.

Types of Dental Bridges

A cantilever dental bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical 3 unit cantilever dental bridge consists of two abutment dental crowns that are positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The pontic is then connected to the two dental crowns, which extend into the missing tooth space.
Another dental bridge design is a composite bond, known as a “Maryland” dental bridge. This type of dental bridge is commonly used to replace the front teeth. The pontic is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth, and the metal bands are hidden with a white-colored composite resin.
There are several different types of dental bridges. The first is a fixed dental bridge which consists of a filler tooth (a pontic) that is attached to two dental crowns. The dental crowns fit over the existing teeth to hold the dental bridge in place. The fixed dental bridge is the most popular bridge.

Dental Bridge Process

Dental bridges usually require two trips to the dentist’s office. During the initial visit, the surrounding teeth are numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist prepares the surrounding teeth by cleaning any plaque or decay that remains and reducing them so that the dental crowns can be fitted. The dentist makes a mold of the teeth and sends it off to a dental lab, where the customized impression is prepared. The customized mold takes one to two weeks to return to the office. In the interim, patients are fitted with a temporary dental bridge constructed of acrylic resin. When the patient returns to the dental office, the dentist removes the temporary dental bridge and replaces it with the permanent one. The dentist then adjusts the dental bridge for the proper bite and fit, and the dental bridge is permanently bonded into the mouth.
If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, the dentist may decide a dental implant is the most appropriate choice. When a series of teeth are missing, the dentist may suggest a partial denture as the most effective way to maintain the structure of the jawbone.

Please Contact Us at 970-247-4848 If you are interested in scheduling a dental bridge consultation.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.

Four facts about dental implants:

  • Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD, when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman.
  • Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.
  • In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with bone, eventually switching his research focus to the mouth from the knee and hip.
  • 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.

Call us today if you would like to schedule a consultation with our dentists to see if an implant is right for you.

Dental Inlays and onlays available at 2nd Ave Family Dentistry in Durano CODental inlays and onlays

In dentistry, inlays and onlays are a form of indirect restoration. This means they are made outside of the mouth as a single, solid piece, that fits the specific size and shape of the cavity.[1] The restoration is then cemented in place in the mouth. This is an alternative to a direct restoration, made out of composite, amalgam or glass ionomer, that is built up within the mouth.

Inlays and onlays are used in molars or premolars, when the tooth has experienced too much damage to support a basic filling, but not so much damage that a crown is necessary. The key comparison between them is the amount and part of the tooth that they cover. An inlay will incorporate the pits and fissures of a tooth, mainly encompassing the chewing surface between the cusps. An onlay will involve one or more cusps being covered. If all cusps and the entire surface of the tooth is covered this is then known as a crown.[1]

Historically inlays and onlays will have been made from gold and this material is still commonly used today. Alternative materials such as porcelain were first described being used for inlays back in 1857.[2] Due to its tooth like color, porcelain provides better aesthetic value for the patient. In more recent years, inlays and onlays have increasingly been made out of ceramic materials.

Call us today to see if an inlay or onlay is the right choice for you.


Many people have lost their teeth for various reasons, such as disease, tooth decay, or even through blunt force trauma. Whether you have lost several teeth or even all of them, do not fret, because there still is a solution that will have you looking good as new. Dentures, also known as false teeth, can be used to give you a natural, beautiful smile while also giving you back your ability to chew food with ease.
Conventional dentures are removable and can be either full or partial. Full or complete dentures are used if you have lost all your teeth on the arches in your upper or lower jaw. If only several teeth are missing, then partial dentures are needed, which will only cover that area with missing teeth.
These are also called overdentures, because it fits over your remaining natural teeth. These remaining teeth will support your denture and retain the structure of your jawbone. Overdentures can also be done with implants, called implant supported dentures.
The entire procedure for getting dentures usually takes around three to six weeks over several appointments with your dentist. This includes making impressions of your jaw, creating molds and models, fitting, then casting the final denture and making any necessary adjustments.

call today for a consultation with our dentists to see if dentures would be a good choice for your situation: 970-247-4848

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy, endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy) is a treatment sequence for the infected pulp of a tooth which is intended to result in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.  Root canals, and their associated pulp chamber, are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Together, these items constitute the dental pulp.
Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, disinfection and the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals. Filling of the cleaned and decontaminated canals is done with an inert filling such as gutta-percha and typically a Zinc oxide eugenol-based cement.

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