Restorative dentistry offers patients a way to repair their smile both aesthetically and functionally. It can mean the difference between a tooth that hurts to use and one that exists free from pain while looking just like a natural tooth would.
The problem is that patients are routinely given a choice between fillings and crowns. Before you choose one or the other, it's important to understand which of the two is best to use.
The short answer is that crowns and fillings have certain uses where they perform better. This is why both are still utilized in modern dentistry.
When Do Fillings Work Better?
The first and foremost difference between fillings and crowns concerns cost. Fillings are generally cheaper, as they can range between $50 to $300 for silver amalgam fillings and $90 to $450 for composite resin fillings.
Fillings also typically require significantly less healthy tooth tissue to be removed. Composite resin fillings require the least tissue to be removed, as they are chemically bonded to the teeth by UV light. Silver amalgam and similar types of fillings require the dentist to create a shape for the filling to sit.
This makes fillings ideal for fixing small spots on the teeth where decay has occurred, which in turn can prevent decay from spreading and eventually killing the tissue inside of the tooth. Continue reading
When people hear that they have a cavity, they are often surprised because it doesn't hurt. The truth is that cavities do not always cause pain, and there is a simple explanation for this.
The Decay Process Explained
A tooth that is in the early stages of decay does not necessarily hurt. The enamel is the hardest portion of the tooth and does not contain any nerve endings, so decay in this area does not cause pain. The next layer is the "dentin." Dentin isn't as hard as enamel, but it also does not contain any nerve endings. Therefore, decay that reaches the dentin doesn't cause pain either.
When Pain Begins
The pain begins when untreated decay reaches the tooth's pulp. At this point, you may experience pain when you bite into your food and/or ingest hot or cold food or beverages. It may even be very painful when you are not eating or drinking. Sometimes, untreated decay infects the nerve and causes an abscess to develop, and this is what causes throbbing pain. Once you have reached this point, it will be too late for your dentist to treat the cavity with a simple filling. Root canal therapy will be required to remove the infected soft pulp of your tooth. Continue reading
With costs ranging from anywhere from $45 to $150, it is a little bit easy to compare getting a facial treatment with a tooth filling. If you have an hour or a little more and some cash to spare, which should you go see first – your derma or your dentist?
What happens if you don’t get a facial treatment?
Most of us have survived throughout life without ever having had a facial treatment. This deep cleansing procedure is done tone, exfoliate and moisturize and revitalize skin on the face, neck and shoulders. Facials are helpful because they treat, correct and prevent common problems like excess sebum production, dryness or acne formation. Continue reading
Crooked, chipped, discolored, or worn down teeth are often viewed as unattractive, but they are a common occurrence among many. If you suffer from these problems, you no longer need to worry – there are ways to treat them! Two of the ways to treat these problems are Lumineers and traditional veneers. Here is a look at both treatments:
- Both are suited to people on the go because under the hands of a qualified dentist, these can be finished in as little as two visits. Both are made from thin and porous porcelain, are stain proof, natural in appearance, durable and resilient. They are also designed to last for years if coupled with proper home care, cleansing and regular visits to the dentists.
However, these are recommended only for minor cosmetic adjustments and not for serious dental makeovers or orthodontic work. They are best for minor tooth imperfections like covering visible portions of the teeth, straightening and lengthening teeth and concealing stained or discolored fillings. Continue reading
Dentistry has come a long way since the days of painful drilling and metal fillings. Dentists now not only take care of decay and other interior tooth problems; they perform many cosmetic services to approve tooth appearance. In fact, many dentists now specialize in restoring and maintaining a patient's beautiful smile.
Not so long ago, porcelain veneers were reserved for actors and the wealthy who could afford to pay for snow white perfect teeth. Now the general population has access to porcelain veneers, meaning a Hollywood smile isn't limited to California anymore. Continue reading
Sunrise Family Dentistry provides dental services for the entire family. It is located in Roseville, California. Our goal is to provide you affordable, pain free and quality dental care, whether you are visiting us for a twice-yearly checkup, have a toothache, need your teeth whitened or are experiencing a problem of a more serious nature.
Many people avoid getting regular dental checkups because they believe the treatment is unpleasant and painful. In reality, if you visit a dentist regularly for examinations, many serious and costly problems are avoided. We utilize different methods to sedate the patient. This ensures that your visit is comfortable instead of being anxiety provoking.
It is our desire to administer virtually pain-free services to you and your family members. This is why we use various forms of sedation in our practice. Here are some questions that may concern you. Continue reading
Dental crowns are a great option for anyone wanting a more beautiful smile and a healthier mouth. They are perfect for both cosmetic and oral health concerns. Dental crowns provider superior protection for teeth and give them a whiter, straighter and more brilliant appearance. Dental crowns can truly give patients the healthy and beautiful smile they want.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth for cosmetic or oral health reasons. They can be made out of metal, or they can be made of porcelain to look like normal teeth. They are a great way to protect teeth that are weak, heavily decayed or have a large filling or to replace cracked, yellowed and crooked teeth. Continue reading