Only one percent of people avoid tooth decay, so at some point, you’ll probably need a dental filling or crown. Unlike other body parts, teeth do not heal naturally. They require professional treatment by a dentist. At Value Dental Center in Queen Creek, AZ, our dentists provide strong, inconspicuous restorations by way of tooth-colored fillings and porcelain dental crowns.
About Tooth Damage
Our teeth have three distinct layers. The outermost layer is actually the hardest substance our bodies create, known as tooth enamel. Below this is a softer material known as dentin, which senses pain, temperature, and pressure. At the core of every tooth is a canal that houses pulp, which includes connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. When a tooth incurs decay or a fracture, the appropriate restoration will be based on how deep the damage penetrates.
A topical or surface cavity may only require a small filling. In some cases, no anesthesia is necessary, because the required repair is so small. When decay or a crack penetrates to the dentin, the patient usually experiences pain. In some cases, a filling will provide sufficient restoration, but often a crown is required to restore structural integrity. Any time that damage extends into the pulp of a tooth, bacteria can invade and compromise the tooth’s life. In this situation, a root canal procedure and dental crown are often the only course of treatment that will save the tooth from extraction.
About Dental Fillings
The fillings we place at Value Dental Center Queen Creek are usually made of composite resin, which is a liquid material that we tint to blend with the color of the affected tooth. After the dentist cleans and prepares the tooth, we fill the cavity with resin and apply a soft curing light to harden it. The dentist shapes the filling to fit well against opposing teeth when the patient’s mouth is closed, and the procedure is completed. In some cases, we may use amalgam instead of composite resin, though this is rare.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are indirect restorations, meaning that they are fabricated outside of the mouth. We offer one-visit crowns with our innovative CAD/CAM milling unit. This means, in many cases, a patient can come in for a crown, then shop as the crown is being milled, and return for final placement the same day. Our one-visit crowns are made of durable ceramic blocks that can endure crushing pressure and intense temperature fluctuations, like natural tooth enamel. With proper dental care and good health, a CAD/CAM crown may last 20 years.
In some situations, a patient needs a porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-metal crown. These restorations must be created in a laboratory, so the patient wears a temporary crown during the interim. The final crown is ready in about a week or two, at which time the patient returns to our office so that we can remove the temporary and secure the final restoration.
Call Today for Your Appointment
If you’re experiencing pain when you chew, or you have a nagging toothache, you may need a tooth-colored filling or crown. Call our office in Queen Creek, AZ, today to schedule an exam with one of our dentists. We’ll evaluate your mouth, determine the cause of your discomfort, and recommend an affordable, lasting restoration to ease your pain and return your mouth to good health.