bonuracrownfillingIf 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.

Dental Crowns

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.

Dental Fillings

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.