Our team offers restorative dentistry performed with the highest quality materials. For this reason, we provide tooth-colored fillings and crowns at Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ. Two of the most common types of dental restorations, fillings and crowns can restore decayed teeth. Crowns can also strengthen cracked, broken, and worn teeth. Because our restorations are made from advanced materials, they will blend naturally with your smile. Tooth-colored composite and porcelain also have important functional and health benefits.
Are You a Candidate for a Filling?
If you have a small or medium-sized cavity, a filling will typically be appropriate. We can diagnose decay using our state-of-the-art laser cavity detection, which can reveal problem areas very early on. Then your dentist will typically take x-rays to see how large the cavity is and to determine whether a filling is the most appropriate option.
Placing Your Filling
The first step in placing a filling is numbing your tooth. With our local anesthesia, you will feel little to nothing during your treatment. Next, your dentist will clean out and prep your tooth, removing all bacteria and decayed tissue. He or she will also etch the inside of your tooth. This will increase the surface area so that the filling will attach to your tooth more securely. When your tooth is ready, your dentist will place the filling. With composite, he or she will typically need to place the restoration in layers, hardening each successive layer with a curing light. Once the entire filling is in place, your dentist will shape and polish it to give it a natural sparkle.
Are You a Candidate for a Crown?
A crown can be appropriate if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling. This type of restoration can also strengthen weakened teeth, fortify cracked teeth, and build up teeth that have suffered enamel erosion. In some cases, crowns can also improve your appearance. For example, we could use a crown to enhance an oddly shaped tooth or one with serious internal staining. Your dentist can determine your candidacy for a crown by taking x-rays and conducting a complete examination.
Placing Your Crown
In preparation for a crown, your dentist will reshape your tooth. In this way, he or she will make more room for the restoration, allowing it to sit securely and naturally. Typically, we will then use our in-office imaging system to create “Crowns While You Shop.” Your dentist will take digital impressions of your tooth. After he or she uploads the images to our milling machine, the system will carve out your crown from a block of porcelain or zirconia. On average, the entire process will take about an hour, and afterwards, your dentist can use tooth-colored composite to attach your restoration.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Fillings and crowns in general can improve your oral health by strengthening your teeth and sealing them to prevent bacteria from getting inside. However, tooth-colored restorations are even more beneficial, both cosmetically and functionally. First, your crown or filling will blend in with smile. In contrast, a metal filling or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can eventually give your tooth a gray tint. Additionally, composite and porcelain restorations are more conservative, so your dentist will need to remove less tissue when prepping your tooth for treatment. These materials will also attach securely to the walls of your tooth, more effectively strengthening the outer structure. Finally, composite and porcelain are stable substances. In contrast to metal, they will not expand or contract in response to temperature variations.