Fillings are used to repair a tooth damaged by decay, cracks, and minor fractures. Tooth colored fillings are called composite fillings. The tooth will be numbed, thoroughly cleaned of decay, and carefully prepared for the new filling. Once the tooth is prepared, the filling will be precisely placed, sculpted, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns are a good treatment option when the integrity of a tooth has been damaged to the point where fillings or other types of restorations cannot properly repair it.
Placing a crown will generally require two appointments. At the first appointment, the decay will be removed and the remaining surface will be shaped. A mold, or impression, will be taken of the tooth for creating your custom crown. A temporary crown will be made and cemented in place. This will function for you as a normal tooth for about two weeks while your permanent crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory. Once the permanent crown is finished, you will return to the office to have your new crown placed. The high durability of crowns helps them to last many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced.
What can this procedure repair?
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Severely decayed teeth
- Cosmetic flaws
- Loss of tooth integrity due to root canals