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Q.What are resin fillings made of?
A. Tooth-colored resin fillings are made of glass particles encased in a plastic matrix. It’s a putty-like material which bonds to the tooth and hardens when exposed to high-intensity lights.
Q.Why should I get resin fillings instead of silver fillings like I have?
A. Silver fillings have been a common fix for decayed or broken teeth over the last century, probably because gold fillings were too expensive for most people. But the silver fillings, over time, corrode, blacken and crack teeth as they expand; they seem to do more damage than help. Tooth-colored resin fillings, however, have a much more natural appearance and the adhesive material used to bond the resin to the tooth can make the broken/decayed tooth stronger than before!
Q.Why should I get a crown?
A. If you have a broken or decayed tooth, here are two great reasons to get it capped with a dental crown. First, your teeth affect the appearance of your smile and your face. The teeth in your mouth actually support the muscles in your face; a broken tooth might affect the muscle strength in your face, affecting your appearance. Second, crowns act like your normal teeth. They keep your jaw and bite aligned, and ensure that the rest of your teeth do not shift or carry more than their share of the load during biting and chewing.
Q.Which type of crown should I choose?
There are four types of dental crowns: porcelain, gold, stainless steel and ceramic. The crowns used at Midlothian Dental Center are usually made of gold or porcelain because of their sturdiness and cost. Stainless steel crowns, on the other hand, are better for temporary solutions, rather than for the long haul. Ceramic crowns, which are very natural in appearance, have proved successful in short-term studies, though long-term studies are still in operation.
Porcelain crowns are built upon a metal base and fit snugly over your natural tooth. The best part about porcelain crowns is that their color can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Most people choose porcelain crowns because of the cosmetic appearance—they’re barely distinguishable from your natural teeth!
Gold crowns are less aesthetic because of their color. However, they are just as sturdy and are sometimes less expensive. Most people choose gold crowns for their back molars, because they aren’t often seen.
Q.How do I care for my dental crowns?
A. The answer is simple: brush well and floss below the gum line—like you do already, right? The crown protects the remainder of your tooth from further decay, but you must also protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. So, just continue to brush and floss regularly and carefully.
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