Dental Crowns & Fillings

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration which covers a tooth, bringing it back to its regular size and shape while strengthening and enhancing its appearance. Crowns are often necessary when a tooth is damaged beyond being reparable with a filling. If a tooth is broken, a crown can hold the tooth together while sealing off splits or cracks so that the damage does not increase. Crowns are also utilized to restore a tooth whenever there is not enough of the tooth remaining to support a large filling or affix a bridge.

Crowns and Fillings Can Improve Your Smile

In order to prepare a tooth for a crown it’s first reduced so that the crown may fit over it. Impressions of the teeth and gums are created and delivered to a laboratory for the fabrication of the crown. A temporary crown is installed over the tooth while the permanent crown is prepared. During a subsequent visit the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is then cemented on top of the tooth.

The primary goal is to produce a crown which appears like a natural tooth. To attain a particular look, several factors are typically considered, including the color, shape, and bite of the tooth. Any one of those factors alone could affect a tooth’s appearance.


If you have a particular cosmetic appearance in mind for a crown, be sure to speak with us about it during your preliminary visit. Once the procedure is over, your teeth will certainly be stronger and more appealing!

Dental crowns require the removal of a significant amount of tooth structure. Therefore, they cover more of the tooth than tooth veneers do. Crowns are typically suggested for teeth which have suffered a substantial loss of structure already. Crowns might be positioned on normal teeth or dental implants.

Crowns often last around 5 to 8 years. Nevertheless, with good oral health as well as supervision, crowns can last for a considerably longer period of time. Some harmful habits like grinding the teeth, nibbling ice or perhaps fingernail biting might cause this period of time to diminish considerably.

To avoid fracturing or damaging the crown, stay away from chewing hard food items, ice or even other hard things. You should also avoid teeth grinding. Apart from going to your dentist and brushing 2 times each day, cleaning between the teeth is essential with crowns. Flossing is essential for getting rid of plaque from the crown region exactly where the gum meets your tooth. Plaque in that region may cause dental decay as well as gum ailment.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Image of a Tooth-Colored Filling

If you have tooth pain, you may need a filling! Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin that look just like natural teeth. These fillings are durable and just as strong as those ugly, old silver or metal fillings, and match your teeth perfectly. By replacing your metal fillings with tooth-colored composite resin, you will improve your smile and strengthen your teeth.

Composite fillings are extremely popular due to the tooth-colored appearance which can be matched with that of your present teeth. Ceramic fillings are made from porcelain and are both long-lasting as well as visually satisfying. Ceramics are tooth-colored and tend to be much more resistant to discoloration and abrasion compared to composite resin. The drawbacks of utilizing ceramic are that it is a lot more delicate than its composite counterpart and it is often not viable for small fillings.

Gold fillings aren’t as popular as they tend to stand out and are a costly alternative to composite fillings. However, the gold material is durable as well as non-corrosive, making it a suitable material for filling cavities.


There are 3 steps to getting a filling on a tooth which is experiencing decay. The procedure happens over the course of only one appointment, which could last between 20 minutes to 1 hour.

In the first step, a numbing gel or local anesthetic is used on the appropriate region within your mouth. A rubber dam may be placed over the mouth and also around the teeth to isolate the area. You may request a bite block, which is a rubber device that helps you keep your mouth open throughout the procedure and may alleviate some pressure on the jaw.

In the next step, a number of tools will be utilized to get rid of the part of your tooth which is experiencing decay. These tools incorporate a high-speed hand piece along with a high-volume suction to remove a large part of decay. A slow-speed hand piece will be then utilized to improve the area, and eliminate any leftover areas of decay. After that, a number of smaller sized hand instruments will usually be used to continue the refinement. And air, as well as water unit, is employed through the entire process, to wet as well as dry the tooth alternately.

The vacant, decay-free regions will be next swapped with either a composite filling or an amalgam. The procedure necessary for the two materials differs somewhat, but both will be created and smoothed to complete your tooth’s shape. After that, a blue light will be applied to make the resin hard in a procedure known as curing. You may be requested to bite down on a carbon paper piece to confirm that the crown is appropriately shaped.

Whether you’re in need of fillings or crowns, or an examination to find out, Dr. Anderson and Premier Dental Care are here to help! Simply call our friendly Idaho Falls, ID dental office at (208) 522-1164 to ask any questions you may have or to schedule your appointment today.

Dental Crowns & Fillings was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by Lisa Carr