If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, we not only want to improve your oral health. We also want to provide a restoration that will preserve and enhance your beautiful smile. For this reason, we proudly offer tooth-colored fillings and crowns at Value Dental Centers in Gilbert, AZ. Made from advanced composite, porcelain, or zirconia, these restorations will be a near-perfect match to your teeth. Further, tooth-colored materials can often strengthen and protect your teeth more effectively than metal. Our dentists work with great skill and precision when placing fillings and crowns. Therefore, they can perform minimal-discomfort treatment with beautiful and long-lasting results.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Fillings are typically what we recommend to treat small or medium-sized cavities. Our restorations are made from white composite, and we will choose a shade that blends impeccably with your smile. Before placing a filling, your dentist will need to remove all decayed tissue. Because your tooth will be numb during this step, it should involve negligible discomfort. Simultaneously, your practitioner will reshape the inside of your tooth, creating room for the restoration. Next, he or she will gently etch the inner walls. This process will increase the surface area so that the filling will bond securely. Finally, your dentist will place the filling layer by layer, hardening each level with a curing light.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
All fillings, no matter what they are made of, will strengthen a decayed tooth and seal it to keep bacteria from getting back inside. At the same time, however, tooth-colored fillings have unique advantages over metal restorations. First, composite will blend in with your smile. Metal, on the other hand, may eventually start to show through your tooth. Second, a tooth-colored filling will adhere more securely. Your dentist will also need to remove less tissue when placing a composite filling. Finally, metal will expand and contract when exposed to heat and cold. Eventually, this repeated process can weaken and crack your tooth. On the other hand, composite is stable and will not react to temperature changes.
What Are Tooth-Colored Crowns?
Crowns are custom-made, tooth-shaped restorations. Often, we will recommend a crown for a tooth with a very large cavity that is too extensive for a filling. A crown can also repair a cracked tooth, build up a worn tooth, or enhance a tooth with severe cosmetic blemishes. Additionally, crowns are an integral part of root canal therapy.
Your dentist will carefully reshape your tooth in preparation for a crown. Then he or she will use our innovative milling system to produce “Crowns While You Shop” – usually in about an hour. First, your practitioner will take digital impression of your teeth. The imaging process will be much more comfortable than the creation of manual molds. The resulting images will be more precise, as well. Based on these impressions, our milling machine will create a custom crown, carving it from porcelain or zirconia. Your dentist will choose the shade of material that matches your smile. During the fabrication process, you can relax in our office, or you are free to get up and browse in the store. As soon as your crown is finished, your dentist will check the fit and attach it to your tooth.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Crowns
Traditionally, crowns were made of metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), which would not match your smile. Even if you chose a PFM crown, the porcelain shell could eventually wear off, giving your grin a gray, metallic tint. Porcelain and zirconia will never change color or detract from your appearance.
Tooth-colored crowns also have practical, health-related advantages, similar to the benefits of white fillings. A porcelain or zirconia crown will maintain the structural integrity of your tooth, since your dentist will not need to remove as much tissue when placing your restoration. It will also bond to your tooth more securely, providing long-lasting support.
Contact Value Dental Centers Today
To learn more about fillings, crowns, and our advanced restorative materials, contact our office for a consultation.