Restorative dentistry can turn your damaged, defective, or unsightly teeth into a beautifully functional smile. All Care Dental in Dallas, Texas, provides its patients with high-quality restorations like fillings and crowns to enhance their appearance and optimize their oral health. To learn more about what restorative dentistry can do for your smile, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.
Restorative Dentistry Q & A
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is a dental specialty that uses special materials or prosthetics to fix teeth that are broken, worn down, decayed, or otherwise defective or unsightly. With restorative dental procedures like fillings and crowns, All Care Dental can rebuild your smile and improve your oral health.
What is a filling?
A filling is a restorative procedure that treats a cavity caused by tooth decay. Your dentist uses a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to dig out all of the decay in your tooth, then seals the hole or cavity with a filling material. This prevents the decay from spreading further and restores the shape and appearance of your tooth.
What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s permanently sealed to an existing root structure, like a natural tooth root or a dental implant.
Once in place, a crown covers the entirety of your tooth above the surface of your gums and feels and functions just like a natural tooth.
Your crown can even look just like a natural tooth, too, depending on the material used for it. Crowns that are made from porcelain or composite resin have the same color and translucency as your natural tooth enamel, enabling it to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
When do I need a crown?
All Care Dental recommends crowns for a number of purposes, including:
- Reinforcing a broken tooth
- Restoring a tooth that’s damaged or decayed
- Strengthening a tooth that’s had a large filling or a root canal
- Capping off a dental implant
Crowns can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes, like replacing a tooth that’s discolored, misshapen, or unsightly.
How do I get a crown?
Getting a crown is a straightforward procedure that only requires a couple of visits to All Care Dental.
First, your dentist numbs your tooth and the surrounding area, then shaves off some enamel from the tooth that’s going to receive the crown.
Once your tooth is prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth. That impression is sent off to a lab, where your crown is custom-built to fit seamlessly in your mouth. You wear a temporary crown for a couple of weeks while you wait for your permanent restoration to come back from the lab.
When your permanent restoration is ready, you come back to All Care Dental to switch it out with your temporary crown. Your dentist checks that the fit is comfortable and accurate, then seals it with dental cement.
You leave the office ready to eat, speak, and smile with a beautiful new tooth!
To learn more about what restorative dentistry can do for your smile, schedule a visit to All Care Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.