At Value dental Centers Tempe, we use tooth-colored fillings and crowns to repair damage without compromising the appearance of your smile. The advanced technology in our Tempe, AZ, office allows us to offer “Crowns While You Shop”. In less than an hour, we can create a customized porcelain crown to repair your teeth and restore your smile. We only offer tooth-colored fillings and crowns because of the numerous benefits they offer over metal alternatives.
Am I a Candidate for a Tooth-Colored Filling or Crown?
A filling or crown is used to repair mild to moderate damage from tooth decay. In the early stages of tooth decay, a dental filling is sufficient in repairing the tooth. In some instances, a crown may be better suited to repair damage. Your dentist can tell you which option you will need to fully repair your tooth.
For patients who currently have a metal filling or crown, we can replace it with a tooth-colored option. Replacing metal fillings and crowns not only improves the health of your teeth, but it also improves the overall appearance of your smile.
How is a Tooth-Colored Filling Placed?
Prior to placing a filling, your dentist will remove any portion of your tooth affected by decay or an infection. This space in your tooth is then filled with composite resin, a tooth-colored material that can be matched to your smile. If you have any metal fillings, they can be removed at this time. The area beneath the filling is cleaned and then filled with composite resin. A specialized UV light is used to harden the material. The fillings are then filed down to match your bite so there is no misalignment.
How is a Tooth-Colored Crown Placed?
Traditional crowns were a two-step process. Your tooth had to be prepped and wax mock-ups had to be taken of your tooth for the creation of the crown. After your crown was created, you would return for a second appointment to have the crown placed. Thanks to advances in technology, not only can we offer crowns in a single appointment, but the entire appointment typically takes less than an hour.
Your dentist will prepare your tooth by reshaping it to create space to accommodate your porcelain crown. Using our chairside milling units, we will take impressions of your tooth. These impressions are then loaded into our milling machine to create your fully customized porcelain crown, matched perfectly to the shade of your smile. You are welcome to shop while we create your crown, or you can wait in our comfortable treatment rooms.
When your crown is ready, your dentist will apply resin to the inside of the crown and place it over your natural tooth. Any sensitivity you experience is temporary and will subside in a day or two. Your tooth will be beautifully restored with a material almost as strong as your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of Tooth-Colored Options?
Metal fillings and crowns contain mercury, which is a toxic substance. All of our tooth-colored options are non-toxic, so you won’t experience any ill-effects on your health. Tooth-colored fillings and crowns require less of your natural tooth be removed. This allows us to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, which is more beneficial to your oral health. Unlike metal fillings which expand and contract with temperature changes and damage your tooth, tooth-colored fillings actually strengthen your tooth. Our tooth-colored options are customizable to perfectly match the shade of your natural teeth. Your filling or crown will be completely unnoticeable.
Contact Us Today for an Appointment
Tooth-colored fillings and crowns offer numerous benefits to your oral health. Contact Value Dental Centers Tempe today to schedule an appointment.