At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, your oral health is our top priority. However, we are also concerned with the aesthetics of your smile. For this reason, we proudly offer tooth-colored fillings and custom dental crowns at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. Our dentists will schedule a complete exam to determine the extent of your dental damage. Then they can suggest the restoration that will be most appropriate for you. Both our fillings and our crowns will harmonize with your smile. Plus, thanks to our advanced technology, we proudly offer “Crowns while You Shop.” Typically in just one hour, your dentist can prep your tooth and create your lifelike restoration.
Placing Dental Fillings
Fillings are the most common treatment option for small to moderately sized cavities. Your dentist will usually take x-rays to find out the size of your cavity and to determine whether a filling is right for you. Before placing this type of restoration, he or she will first clean out your tooth, removing all bacteria and decayed tissue. Your practitioner will also reshape your tooth and roughen the enamel so that the filling will bond more securely. After choosing a natural color of composite, your dentist will place the material in layers, using a curing light to harden each layer. Once the entire filling is in place, he or she will trim off any excess composite and polish your tooth.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
No matter what it is made of, a filling will strengthen and seal your weakened tooth. In this way, it will prevent additional decay and structural damage. Moreover, a tooth-colored filling will offer several added benefits. Unlike a metal filling, which can eventually show through your tooth, composite will never alter your appearance. Plus, the material will form a stronger bond with your tooth, and your dentist will not need to remove as much tissue when placing the filling. Finally, in contrast to metal, composite will not expand and contract in response to temperature.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
If your cavity extends across the majority of your tooth, you may require a dental crown. In addition, you may benefit from a crown if you have a cracked, weakened, or severely worn tooth. In some instances, your dentist may recommend this type of restoration for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are also an important part of root canal therapy. Your dentist will place this type of restoration after cleaning out your tooth and root canals.
Creating and Placing Tooth-Colored Crowns
After determining your candidacy for a crown, your dentist will reshape your tooth. Using gentle, conservative techniques, he or she will remove tissue to make room for the restoration. This process will also insure a strong bonding surface for the porcelain. Using our chairside milling units, your dentist will take impressions of your newly reshaped tooth. These molds will be incredibly precise, and they will upload to a milling machine. Typically, your crown will be ready in an hour or less. During this time, you can shop or just relax in our comfortably furnished treatment rooms. Though quickly produced, our crowns are very high quality. Our porcelain is almost as strong as metal, and the natural color will blend seamlessly with your smile.
Once the crown is finished, your dentist will attach it with white composite resin. Any sensitivity will subside within a few days, and you should enjoy completely restored dental function.