Dental fillings are used to repair and protect areas where decay has intruded into the outer layers of your tooth. There are two primary choices when it comes to filling materials:.
These silver-colored fillings were once the standard practice in restorative dentistry. They remain an affordable and durable material choice and have an established record of being safe and effective.
Composite fillings offer the ability to blend the restoration with your surrounding natural tooth tissues. These fillings are virtually undetectable, and some people report reduced discomfort and sensitivity as compared to amalgam fillings.
Largely, composite fillings have become the restoration of choice. The customizable materials and technological advancements in dental lab equipment have created tooth-colored restorations that far exceed the metal fillings available to your parents and grandparents.
Dental crowns are "caps" that cover damaged or decayed teeth. They provide strength and structural integrity. They also improve the appearance of your smile.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic material and colored to match your surrounding teeth. That allows you to enjoy a tooth restoration that doesn’t detract from your smile.
Many men and women prefer tooth-colored crowns and fillings because they restore areas of decay with virtually no visible signs of dental work.
If Dr. Barrera determines a crown is the best course of action, she begins by administering a local anesthetic. Doing so ensures that you’ll remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
Next, Dr. Barrera removes a portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown. She makes an impression and sends it to the lab where your crown will be custom-crafted.
You may be given a temporary crown to wear until your new crown arrives. At that point, you'll return to the office where Dr. Barrera will check your new crown for an ideal fit. Once you're both happy with the fit, she completes the restoration by cementing your new crown into place.
If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings and crowns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrera today.
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