Dental fillings will restore a tooth damaged by decay, removes the decayed portion, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a particular type of filling and back the tooth to normal function and shape. It is important to treat it immediately by visiting your dentist so you can have the tooth treated by closing off spaces and adding strength to the tooth and preventing further decay.
The type of filling materials that is used during this procedure can vary which include:
- Gold fillings
- Amalgam (silver) fillings
- Composite (plastic)
- Porcelain fillings
Dental crown, also referred to as a “cap”, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth and restore functionality of a tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can dramatically improve appearance, shape and alignment of a tooth.Crowns are made by first taking an impression of the teeth, and then send to a dental laboratory where your crown will be custom made to fit your mouth and match your natural tooth color.A fitted, temporary crown is created during this visit to temporarily protect the tooth while your permanent crown is getting ready. Once completed, the crown is bonded to the tooth using dental cement.Crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene.
Crowns can be made from many materials like:
- All-ceramic (all-porcelain)
- Composite (plastic)
In the past, if you had a damaged or diseased tooth, it usually was pulled. But today, injured or diseased teeth often can be saved with endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment.Endodontic therapy is a sequence of treatment for the pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp of a tooth is infected. The common cause of pulp infection is an untreated cavity, or the pulp is damaged and that can't be fixed. Endodontic therapy involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged pulp, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, filling and sealing the tooth.Once a tooth is treated, it almost always will last the rest of your life.