With the use of modern bonding techniques, our doctors are able to remove decay and place composite (white) fillings while preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. That conservative approach holds true when preparing a tooth for a crown. We work with several dental laboratories and a variety of materials so we can deliver strong restorations designed for your mouth.
Composite/Resin Bonded Fillings
Composite material allows us to create restorations that are not only strong, but beautiful. The shade of the filling can be matched to your natural tooth, making it almost invisible. Unlike the old amalgam (silver) fillings, composites are bonded to the tooth. This means only a minimal amount of your natural tooth surface must be removed. When placing small composites, anesthesia and standard “drilling” can often be avoided thanks to air abrasion techniques.
Often referred to as a “cap”, these restorations cover the entire chewing surface and wrap around the upper part of the tooth. They offer protection for a tooth that’s lost a moderate amount of structure due to large old fillings, fracture, erosion or decay. If too much structure is lost, a core build-up will be needed to provide support for the crown. Depending upon the way your teeth meet, crowns may be created out of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold. Dr. Byers’ conservative preparation method allows your natural tooth structure to remain in contact with the gums. This makes it easier for you to keep clean which creates a healthier mouth.
Having a crown done requires two visits to our office. At the first visit, Dr. Byers will prepare your tooth and take an impression that will be sent to the dental laboratory. A temporary acrylic crown will be placed before you leave. Your crown will be delivered at the second visit, approximately 3 weeks later. The result will be a beautiful and functional restoration.