Natural-looking, durable restoration with fillings and crowns can preserve or transform your smile.
A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth structural damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings. Amalgam fillings have a silvery color and typically are used for less visible teeth. Composite fillings are tooth colored and usually are used for teeth that are more visible when you smile and speak.
The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our Arden Dental Group office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and smooth it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One common use of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. Custom crowns are made to fit over the entire tooth structure, 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 dentist 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 also can be used for other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:
Protecting a tooth following root canal treatment and structural damage
Anchoring and attaching a dental bridge treatment
Covering and completing a dental implant treatment
Enhancing the beauty of your smile
Improving a misshapen tooth
Strengthening a tooth that is fractured or weakened
Supporting a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
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If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling or crown may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. Call or visit us today to learn more about fillings and crowns – and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Lee, Dr. Huffman or Dr. Clark.