It’s a sentence uttered countless times throughout the day in dental offices everywhere: “You have a cavity.” It’s not a sentence that anyone wants to hear from their dentist. But, many do, and it’s certainly not the end of the world. Even people who are diligent about their oral hygiene and visit their dentist regularly for checkups and in-office cleanings may get cavities. Fortunately, today’s dental technology makes filling cavities quick and easy.
Composite Resin Fillings vs. Metal Amalgam Fillings
Years ago, getting a filling meant getting a blob of metal in one’s tooth. Sure, it did the trick, but it also didn’t do much to enhance anyone’s smile. Today, metal fillings and crowns are still used, but more dentists (including Dr. Ayyubi) opt to use tooth-colored fillings whenever possible. These composite resin fillings blend in with the natural tooth.
Fillings — What to Expect
If you come in for a filling or crown, Dr. Ayyubi first will remove the decayed part of the tooth (the cavity.) Upon your request and based of Dr. Ayyubi’s clinical judgement, you might be offered nitrous oxide sedation to relax you during the procedure. Then he’ll apply the filling. In the case of composite resin fillings, he paints the liquid resin onto the tooth surface. Then, he cures it with a light or catalyst material to harden and strengthen it.
Crowns — Extra Protection
When a cavity is deeper or larger, Dr. Ayyubi may decide to treat it with a crown instead of a filling. The main difference between a filling and a crown is that a filling covers part of a tooth, where a crown covers the entire tooth. There are four types of crowns:
- Ceramic crowns. Tooth-colored crowns. These are the most natural looking, but not as strong as other options.
- Metal crowns. Durable and long-lasting, Dr. Ayyubi tries to use metal crowns on the back teeth, which aren’t as visible and must withstand the most pressure from chewing.
- Porcelain-fused metal crowns. As the name indicates, these are metal crowns that are covered with a thin layer of porcelain so they blend in better with the natural teeth.
- Zirconia crowns. Arguably the strongest crowns, they are popular for patients who grind their teeth. They blend in well with the natural teeth.
There are pros and cons to each type of crown. Dr. Ayyubi will explain your options for achieving the best result at the most affordable price.
Call us Today — We’ll Give You Reason to Smile
Whether your teeth are causing you discomfort or you simply want to have a more beautiful smile, Accord Dental is your one-stop-shop for all of your dental needs. Dr. Ayyubi and his caring staff will put you at ease every step of the way. Serving patients in and around Modesto, Riverbank, Ceres, Turlock, Ripon, and Salida, we look forward to treating you. Call Accord Dental today at (209) 809-4444 to schedule an appointment.