Restorative Care

Composite Dental Fillings

Tooth-Colored Composite fillings are often the best choice for repairing a tooth damaged by decay, fractures, cracks or other issues. The damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the void filled with the composite. Many filling types are available, and each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. In consultation with your dentist, you can determine the best tooth restoration option for you. Composite fillings are the most widely used in modern dentistry, and since it is tooth-colored, it can be matched closely to the existing tooth, leading to better results for visible teeth. Composites, like most dental restorations, may have to be replaced someday. While they are very durable, will last many years and provide beautiful and functional teeth, they do not last forever.

Consider choosing composite fillings for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Decayed teeth

Dental Crowns (Caps)

A cap or crown covers the entire tooth surface and restores it to its original size and shape -- or to a better shape if needed. A crown is used to protect and strengthen a tooth that cannot be restored with a filling or another type of restoration.

There are several kinds of crowns, but tooth-colored porcelain crowns are the most common. They are extremely durable and can last for many years. Like all dental restorations, however, crowns may need to be replaced eventually. Porcelain crowns are designed in a lab to match the color, size, shape and other characteristics of natural teeth for a beautiful and long-lasting smile.

Crowns are used for:

  • Fractured or broken teeth.
  • Cosmetic improvement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Broken fillings.
  • Very large fillings.
  • Teeth that have had a root canal.