Tooth-Colored Fillings and Dental Crowns

Without appropriate treatment, dental damage will worsen, affecting your appearance and oral function. Fortunately, we offer tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns at our Chino, CA practice. Both types of restorations can strengthen decayed or weakened teeth, and they can prevent additional damage. Our advanced materials are incredibly durable, and at the same time, they will be a near-perfect match to your teeth. At Value Dental Centers Chino, we proudly use state-of-the-art chairside imaging technology. With these tools, we can usually create Crowns While You Shop, typically in an hour or less.

Is a Dental Filling Right for You?

Our dentists will typically recommend a filling if you have a small to moderately sized cavity. A more extensive area of decay will often require a larger restoration, such as a crown. Your dentist will take x-rays of your tooth to determine the most appropriate type of restoration for you.

Placing a Tooth-Colored Filling

Before placing a filling, your dentist will clean out your tooth, removing all bacteria and infected tissue. He or she will also reshape the inside of your tooth so that it can accommodate your restoration. Then your dentist will select a color of composite resin that matches your teeth. With a diverse range of shades to choose from, we are sure to have one is virtually identical to your smile. Your practitioner will then fill your tooth in layers. Once each coating is in place, he or she will use a curing light to harden the material. When the filling is complete, your dentist will remove any excess composite and polish your tooth.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Like a traditional metal filling, a composite filling with fortify your tooth. It will also seal it from the inside so that bacteria cannot re-enter and wreak further harm. However, tooth-colored composite has additional benefits over metal. Most obviously, it will blend in with your tooth, and it will never start to show through. Additionally, composite will actually bond to your tooth more strongly, and your dentist will need to remove less tissue before placing the restoration. Finally, composite will not expand and contract. In comparison, metal can fluctuate significantly with temperature changes.

Are Dental Crowns Right for You?

If you have a very large cavity, your dentist may recommend a crown, rather than a filling. A crown can also be appropriate if you have a cracked, worn, or unusually shaped tooth. Crowns are an integral part of root canal therapy, which may be appropriate if you have a dental infection in the core of your tooth. Again, your dentist will take x-rays to ascertain whether a crown is right for you.

Advanced Technology for Same-Day Crowns

Before placing your crown, your dentist will shave off some dental tissue to reshape your tooth. Through this process, he or she will ensure that your restoration sits firmly against your tooth. Your dentist will also remove any bacteria or decayed tissue. Next, he or she will use our chairside imaging system to create digital impressions. Our in-office milling machine will use these models to produce your crown from high-tech dental porcelain. Crowns While You Shop typically take an hour or less, and you will leave the office with a complete smile and renewed dental function.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Crowns

Because a crown will fully cover your tooth, it can repair even the most severe structural damage. Once your crown is in place, you will be able to eat a full range of foods. The restoration can even restore the normal force of your bite, preventing bruxism and TMJ Disorder. At the same, a tooth-colored crown will harmonize with your smile to enhance your appearance and self-confidence. The material will also form a stronger bond with your tooth than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Contact Value Dental Centers Chino

Learn more about fillings and crowns and find out which is the right restoration for you. Contact our Chino dental office to schedule an appointment.