Do You Need A Crown Or A Filling?

stewart toothacheA general dentist is one who offers a number of dental treatments designed to address problems and help safeguard smiles against common oral health concerns. Our approach to general dentistry includes treatments that address decayed or damaged teeth. Do you need a crown or a filling to improve the health and beauty of your smile?

First Signs of Trouble

In some cases, the trouble is obvious: a chipped or otherwise damaged tooth. In other cases, decay or a fracture can be less visible but still have warning signs you should be aware of. If you notice tooth sensitivity or a toothache that doesn’t subside, you should see the dentist for an exam. The doctor can identify the cause of your discomfort and if necessary, recommend treatment to protect your smile from infection or in extreme cases, potential tooth loss.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Instead of using metal, we repair the decayed tooth with a metal-free composite resin. The material is strong, lifelike, and contains no metal, which means it’s appropriate for children, seniors, pregnant women, and those with metal allergies. The entire procedure takes one visit and can protect your smile from further discomfort and the risk of infection.

Dental Crowns

A crown is a restoration that fits over the visible parts of the tooth. We can use them to repair chipped or fractured teeth, and repair teeth suffering from advanced decay that a filling may not properly address. The restorations are custom-made to ensure a proper fit and a lifelike appearance. We prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel and then we take detailed impressions. The impressions will be used to create the new restoration, which is placed during a follow up visit with a powerful bonding agent. If you have issues that don’t require a crown but are tooth much for fillings, then we may suggest an inlay or onlay.

ABOUT YOUR LIVONIA, MI, DENTIST:

James Stewart, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.