Dental Fillings & Crowns
Silver amalgam fillings used to be the only type of dental fillings available at dentist offices. Now, dentists provide composite fillings, crowns, and restorations for the most natural look. Dr. Pollack and Dr. Phan are your dentists in Arvada, Colorado, provides composite fillings and crowns for superior aesthetics.
Silver amalgam fillings show as dark spots against white teeth, which can be mistaken for decayed teeth. Instead of amalgam fillings, we place composite fillings, inlays, and onlays that are invisible — they blend in with your natural teeth. Unlike silver fillings made of metal paste, composite fillings are a combination of resin, glass and quartz. Composite fillings look exactly like real teeth and contain no metal that may cause sensitivity or mercury that may leak.
Composite fillings are better than amalgam because the composite bonds directly to the tooth structure, eliminating the need for significant enamel removal or shaping. The risk for tooth sensitivity is also reduced because composite resin does not conduct heat or cold.
Composite crowns are tooth-colored resin caps that encase the entire tooth above the gum line. Crowns are used to restore severely damaged teeth or missing teeth. Composite crowns provide superior aesthetics, and the cost is very reasonable. Composite crowns don’t chip as easily as porcelain crowns, although composite tends to wear more quickly.
Root canals are best when they’re used to try and save a tooth, where there’s infection in the tooth, the patient has a toothache, and it has no chance of being healthy. To get the patient comfortable, clean up infection; we use the root canal therapy. We use specialists that are outside of our office right now, and what the experience basically has been, there’s a lot of mystique around the old way that root canals were done, and maybe people that didn’t have all the training, but the way it is now with today’s technology that’s being used, and aesthetic, and the skill level of the specialists that we’re using, the patients come back and say, wow, I can’t believe I was even nervous about that.
It’s a great way to be able to save a tooth that otherwise would be lost, and maybe if it’s lost then the options are a whole lot complicated, may be more expensive for the patient for replacement than if we could keep that tooth and keep it strong and healthy in your mouth.
Placing Fillings and Crowns
Fillings can be placed in one visit, but crowns may require multiple appointments. After removing decayed areas and preparing the tooth, the composite filling is placed layer by layer, cured with a special light, shaped and polished. After tooth preparation, your dentist will take tooth impressions to create the composite crown. The crown is placed and adjusted during your next appointment.