If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, we can provide treatment to restore your oral health and dental function. However, at Value Dental Centers Chandler, we are also concerned with the aesthetics of your smile. For this reason, we proudly offer tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns at our Chandler, AZ office. Our modern materials will blend seamlessly with your smile. They also offer important functional benefits and can often strengthen your teeth more effectively than metal restorations. Along with state-of-the-art materials, we utilize modern treatment technology. With our in-office milling machines, we can often create and place same-day dental crowns.
The Importance of Dental Fillings
We will usually recommend a filling if you have a small or medium-sized cavity. Without treatment, the cavity will grow larger, eventually destroying most of your tooth. You could also develop a dental infection, and bacteria could spread to your nearby teeth. When placing a filling, your dentist will eliminate oral bacterial. The filling itself will also seal and strengthen your tooth.
Though metal fillings can be effective, we believe that tooth-colored restorations are far superior. Most obviously, composite resin will match your smile, and, unlike metal, it will never start to show through your tooth. The material will also bond to your tooth more securely, and your dentist can preserve more of your tooth structure. Further, in contrast to silver amalgam fillings, composite resin does not expand and contract when exposed to heat and cold.
Placing a Dental Filling
Your tooth will be numb during treatment so you will feel almost nothing when your dentist places your filling. First, he or she will clean out your tooth, removing decayed tissue. At the same time, your practitioner will reshape the inside of your tooth in preparation for the filling. When your tooth is ready, your dentist will fill the cavity, using a shade of composite that matches your smile. In most cases, he or she will place the filling in layers, hardening each level with a special curing light. Once the entire filling is in place, your dentist will remove any excess composite and polish your tooth.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
Crowns are typically appropriate for teeth with serious structural damage, very large cavities, or significant erosion. They are also an essential component of root canal therapy. Plus, your dentist can use crowns to replace missing teeth. In some cases, he or she may recommend an implant-supported crown. In other instances, crowns create the support system for a traditional dental bridge.
We typically use crowns for restorative purposes. Nevertheless, in some cases, this treatment can be an outstanding cosmetic option. If you have a misshapen, worn, or severely stained tooth, a crown can improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Placing a Dental Crown
Before he or she can place a crown, your dentist will need to reshape the outside of your tooth. This process will eliminate damaged tissue and create a strong base for your restoration. Next, using our chairside scanners, your dentist will take impressions of your tooth. The process will take a matter of minutes, and the resulting scans will be much more accurate than manual impressions. The digital images will upload to an in-office milling machine, which will produce “Crowns While You Shop.” Usually in less than an hour, the device will carve out a crown that will be a near-perfect match to your natural teeth. Once the restoration is finished, your dentist can attach it to your tooth. With proper care, your crown – and your renewed dental function – could last for years.