If you have a tooth suffering from a cavity or one that has become damaged, then you need restorative dentistry. Without treatment potentially serious complications could develop, ones that may threaten your oral health. Does your tooth need a crown or a filling?
Never Ignore Discomfort
If you notice discomfort in your smile, such as tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours, then see a dentist. These could possibly be signs of a cavity or possibly an infection. However, the dentist will need to exam your smile to be sure. From there, the doctor can recommend the most appropriate treatment options.
What is a crown? This form of restoration caps the tooth, completely covering the visible portion. The restoration is custom-made from a lifelike material and placed on a prepared tooth. The entire procedure takes about two visits. We can use one to repair chipped, cracked, decayed, or infected teeth. In a tooth replacement procedure they can be used to complete a dental implant or anchor a dental abridge into place. If you have serious decay or have damaged a tooth, then the doctor will be more likely to recommend this option.
If you have a cavity that hasn’t become severe or progressed into an infection then the doctor may suggest a filling. After removing the decayed portions of the tooth, the doctor then applies a composite resin. The metal-free material can be shaded to better blend with the remaining tooth structure. The material is then cured under a light, completing the procedure in a single visit. If you have any questions about crowns, fillings, or other options for repairing a tooth then please contact our office today.