Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings mimic many of the qualities of natural tooth structure, such as wear-resistance and translucency.There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be filled or restored: decay and chipping are two common ones.
The Process of filling a tooth
After the area has been anesthetized (usually by a numbing injection), the tooth is “prepared” by removing decay and making it ready for the restoration. Next, the filling material is placed directly into the tooth. Once it has securely bonded to the tooth structure, the process is essentially complete.
What is a crown?
A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
Why do I need a crown?
You may need a crown if you:
•have a cavity that is too large for a filling
•have a missing tooth and need a bridge
•need to cover a dental implant
•have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
•have had root canal treatment—the crown will protect the restored tooth
•want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
There are 3 different types of dental bridges. If a bridge is your best treatment option then Dr. Kirkland will discuss which type of bridge best fits your situation.
Check out this great video explaining a crown procedure.