Bonded Fillings and Crowns
Bonded fillings are the restoration of choice to seal a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay. They are one of the most common types of restorations and the purpose of them is to prevent the spread of decay further into the teeth. Dr. Leedy uses a technique to restore the decayed area to the same function and aesthetics that was present prior to the decay forming. The result is a bonded filling that is often very difficult to detect as the shade and contour blends beautifully into the surrounding tooth structure.
There are a variety of materials used to fill teeth. Dr. Leedy uses very strong, durable tooth colored composite material with natural aesthetic properties. The first step is to determine the extent of decay using x-rays and through clinical observation. Prior to the procedure, local anesthetic is very gently administered next to the tooth so that you won’t feel any discomfort. If you normally feel nervous about receiving local anesthetic, it’s possible to undergo oral conscious sedation to help you feel more relaxed. Please click here to go to our Oral Sedation page. After removing the tooth decay, the tooth is dried thoroughly and bonding solution is painted onto the tooth. The filling material is applied incrementally in putty form into the site and sculpted to blend into the surrounding tooth structure. A UV light is then used to harden the material and seal it into place.
In cases where tooth decay is extensive, or the tooth suffers from a fracture or crack, a restoration larger than a bonded filling may be necessary. If the tooth is missing a significant amount of tooth structure necessary to function, then a crown would be the restoration of choice.
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today’s high-tech dental ceramics, crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s natural appearance.
There are other materials besides dental ceramics used to make dental crowns. Casted gold is also an option and is a material that has stood the test of time in terms of durability. Dr. Leedy will discuss the pros and cons and give you the best options for your dental crown, so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
The process for having a dental crown is very similar to getting a bonded filling. At the first visit, your tooth is shaped to fit inside the new covering. Dr. Leedy uses digital 3D scanning technology (click here for our Advanced Technology page) to obtain accurate 3D images of your tooth. Dr. Leedy and his team also take high definition photographs of your teeth. This data is sent to our highly skilled lab technician, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite. Typically, you will leave the first appointment with a temporary crown and return approximately 2 weeks later for a short visit when the temporary crown is replaced with the final natural crown.
Whether you need full or partial dentures to replace your missing teeth, the process involves using our 3D scanning technology to obtain accurate digital impression of your mouth. Dr. Leedy can determine the proper position, contour, and shade of replacement teeth to give you the best aesthetics and functionality available.
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