Crowns and Fillings in San Mateo, CA
Broken teeth and dark pits on the surface of your teeth look off-putting. In fact, you may lack in confidence in your smile as a result. But here at Powers DDS, we’re determined to repair and restore broken and diseased teeth, so you can smile beautifully again.
Two common and effective ways to quickly repair breaks and dark pits are through crowns and fillings. Take a look below at how dental crowns and fillings can rejuvenate your smile.
Natural Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are hollow, artificial teeth caps that are placed over existing teeth. They are strong and spacious enough to cover up dental flaws or protect recent surgery. Crowns can be molded and shaped to the tooth perfectly, allowing patients to chew and speak comfortably again.
For patients who have suffered a broken tooth, a crown can hold the tooth together, as well as protect it from further wear. Tooth decay damage can also be filled in and covered up with a crown. Crowns are typically placed after a tooth has undergone root canal surgery, as the healing area must be protected.
What’s more, our doctors will ensure that the crown looks flawless beside your other teeth, including the shade of white that matches the others.
Consider Fillings to Protect Your Teeth
When surface damage to the teeth has turned dark, and deep pits and pockets start to develop, a filling may be the best option. As the name “filling” suggests, resin is used to fill in damaged areas to prevent the tooth from deteriorating further. This way, tooth decay is halted in its tracks and can’t spread to neighboring teeth.
In the past, metal fillings were thought to be the best option, but now we have the tooth-colored resin to fill in those cracks and pits. Tooth-colored resin is nearly invisible in your smile compared to metal fillings that can sometimes be seen when you eat or speak.
Fillings v.s. Inlays/Onlays
Some patients mistakenly believe that fillings and onlays or inlays are the same. However, onlays and inlays are more like “partial crowns” that cover surface damage, whereas fillings are used for light cracks or pits on the surface of the tooth. Inlays are dedicated to covering damage to the cusps of the tooth, while onlays can cover an area around one or more cusps. Anything larger than these areas may require a dental crown instead.
Find Out If a Dental Crown or Filling is Best for You
Are you unsure if a dental crown or filling is what you need? Ask the experts, with a personal consultation with Drs. T. Jeff and Diana Powers. We’ll evaluate your smile and uncover which treatments would work best to achieve your dream smile.