When a tooth becomes affected by decay, fractures, cracks, etc., it becomes necessary to remove that portion of the tooth and repair it with a composite filling.
It is best to discuss your options with your dentist because there are many composite fillings available, each with their own pros and cons. The most popular are composite fillings along with silver amalgam filings. Composite fillings are the same color as teeth, so they are a popular option for front tooth fillings or other prominent teeth.
Composite fillings are a great idea for a long-lasting attractive smile. As a benefit, they are very durable and will last for years with good oral hygiene. However, like most restorations, they are not permanent and may eventually require replacement.
It usually requires one appointment to complete composite fillings. Your dentist will numb the area and remove any decay that is present. Your dentist will prepare the space by thoroughly cleaning it and shaping the surface to accept the new filling. If the decay is too close to the nerve, a topical medication will be applied for extra protection. Finally, your dentist will polish and shape your new composite filling, and your tooth will be restored.
After you get composite fillings, it is normal to experience some sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. But as you adjust, those sensations will diminish.
When your treatment is complete, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. As with all oral health, good habits at home and regular dental visits will contribute to a long life for your composite fillings.
Porcelain Crowns (Caps):
If a tooth’s structure cannot be restored with fillings or other procedures, a crown or cap may be necessary. Crowns cover the entire tooth surface, restoring its original shape and size.
Porcelain is the most popular choice because it is tooth-colored. There are several types available, so talk to your dentist about your options. Porcelain crowns can be custom made to match the shape and size of your teeth, resulting in a beautiful smile that will last for years. As with all restorations, replacement may eventually be necessary.
Two appointments are usually necessary for a crown procedure. During the first appointment, your dentist will take several impressions (molds) that will aid in creating a customized crown.
Next, the area will be numbed and any decay will be removed. Your dentist will prepare the space by thoroughly cleaning it and shaping the surface to accept the shape of the new crown. While you wait for your crown to be prepared by the dental laboratory, a temporary crown will be used to protect the tooth.
During your second appointment, your new crown will be precisely positioned and cemented into place. Your dentist may make a few adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and even spacing.
When your treatment is done, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. Regular dental visits are encouraged to ensure a long life for your new crown. For any unanswered questions you may have, read our FAQs page. If you feel you are a candidate for composite fillings, contact our dentist today.