Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns, And Onlays Specialist

Barrera Advanced Dentistry

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Emergency Dentist located in Torrance, CA

For people in Torrance, California, who want restorative dental procedures that are virtually undetectable, tooth color fillings, crowns, and onlays are a great option. Barrera Advanced Dentistry can restore your smile to its full brilliance using dental materials that match the color of your natural teeth. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.

Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Onlays Q & A

What are the available options for dental fillings?

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:.

Amalgam fillings

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

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.

What are dental crowns?

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 people prefer tooth-colored crowns and fillings because they restore areas of decay with virtually no visible signs of dental work.

What is the process of getting a dental crown?

If your dentist determines a crown is the best course of action, she/he begins by administering a local anesthetic. Doing so ensures that you’ll remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

Next, a portion of your tooth tissue is removed to make room for the crown. An impression is made and sent to the lab where your crown will be custom-crafted.

You will be given a temporary crown to wear until your new crown arrives. At that point, you'll return to the office where your crown will be checked for an ideal fit. After that, the restoration will be completed by cementing your new crown into place.

If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and onlays schedule a consultation with Barrera Advanced Dentistry today.

What are onlays?

Onlays are custom made restorations that fit inside the tooth, but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. In the past, onlays were made only of gold, but now, more and more patients request a tooth-colored onlay. Making the onlay of ceramic/porcelain allows the restoration to be bonded to the tooth. This bonding process may actually improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the onlay to the tooth.