Crowns and Fillings
When a tooth is damaged or decayed, dental restorations bring back function. After removing bacteria and cleaning the area, filling material is used to restore the tooth. Depending on the degree of damage, your Prairie Village, KS dentist may use fillings, inlays/onlays or dental crowns.
Fillings are one of the most commonly performed procedures in dentistry. Fillings “fill” the space in a tooth after decay is removed. Dr. Smith uses tooth-colored or white resin, glass ionomer, cast gold and traditional amalgam to fill cavities. The best type of material depends on your needs and preferences.
White fillings are made of composite resin or plastic. Resin fillings match the color of natural enamel, so they are “invisible.” White fillings provide the best aesthetics and are ideal for restoring teeth that show when you smile, but they can also be used for the back teeth.
Glass Ionomer Fillings
Glass ionomer is a tooth-colored material similar to resin that bonds chemically to the tooth’s surface. It is recommended for the front teeth or teeth that are not exposed to heavy biting forces. Glass ionomer is an alternative for people who don’t want plastic in their mouths.
Silver amalgam is an alloy of mercury and other metals. Amalgam is known for its durability and longevity, but poor aesthetics.
Dental crowns are used if the tooth is too weak to support fillings, inlays or onlays. The crown covers the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns are used to restore a badly-damaged tooth, anchor crowns, protect a tooth after a root canal, and cover dental implants. Materials for crowns include porcelain, porcelain and metal, and cast gold.