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Composite Fillings Are The Discreet Filling Alternative

Composite Fillings in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

A composite filling is a white or tooth colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth. Composites can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a disfigured tooth. While all general dentists place fillings, you may choose to seek a doctor for white fillings to improve the esthetics and health of your mouth. Dr.Donato can fix cavities with fillings using this composite material to improve your oral health. 

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The Crown Placement Procedure

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that fits snuggly over the tooth, completely covering it. Crowns mimic the shape, color, strength and appearance of a tooth. Click on a thumbnail below to view the crown placing procedure.

The Benefits of a Crown Include:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Attaching a dental bridge
  • Holding a filling in place
  • To protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To strengthen the teeth
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

The Advantages of Composite Include:

  • Metal Free
  • Look Like Your Natural Teeth
  • You have teeth that are severely worn down or already broken
  • Stronger Bond to Teeth
  • Versatility in Tooth Repair

What Are the Advantages of Composites?

Traditional fillings are done using metals like amalgam, which are easily visible in the mouth, to fix cavities. With fillings made of composite, your restorations are more discrete since they are shaded to match the color of the tooth. This is especially important when front teeth are being restored. Unlike metal fillings, the composite material actually chemically bonds to the tooth structure, which provides further support to the tooth. Furthermore, composites have increased versatility as they can be used not only as a filling for decay but also to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.

Typically, less tooth structure has to be removed to accommodate composite fillings compared with amalgam fillings, lending to a more conservative approach towards tooth restoration. In addition, metal fillings tend to contract and expand due to temperature changes in the mouth and can lead to bacterial leakage around these fillings over time.

If you think that you may need dental treatment and are seeking to fix cavities with fillings, call today to schedule a visit with Dr. DiDonato. For white fillings, safe and effective composite material can be used to restore you teeth and improve your oral health.

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Tooth decay is not the only reason you might need a crown. Other reasons may include:
  • To keep teeth from fracturing or breaking. When a tooth is cracked, a dental crown can be used to strengthen it and keep it from breaking completely.
  • To restore teeth affected by tooth decay. When tooth decay is extensive, and damages a great deal of tooth structure, a filling is often not enough to provide needed support. A dental crown can be placed to hold the tooth together and restore it to health.
  • Your teeth are discolored or not shaped correctly. Crowns can be shaded and shaped to any specifications, which offers an excellent means of creating a bright, uniform smile.
  • You have severely worn teeth. Dental crowns can be used to rebuild your teeth and restore a functional bite.
  • You have had a root canal. Root canals weaken a tooth (but are at times necessary to save it). A dental crown is typically needed to restore and maintain your tooth’s strength and function after this procedure.

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