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Fillings & Crowns
If Dr. Parsell finds that you have a cavity and are in need of a filling to restore the tooth, she will use a tooth-colored resin composite material. These composite fillings are also known as “tooth-colored” fillings, due to our ability to match the shade of the composite material to your natural teeth’s shade. This material will allow for Dr. Parsell to create a natural-looking filling that is nearly invisible to the naked eye. As an added benefit, this resin composite material will strengthen the weakened tooth as it is bonded to the enamel. It will be bonded directly to the existing tooth, allowing for a better fit and an increase in the structural strength of the remaining tooth. Silver fillings, which had been the standard material of choice, has greatly decreased in popularity due to environmental and health concerns about the mercury component.
At times, the decay on your tooth may grow too large for a traditional filling to restore or there may be trauma or other damage to your tooth. In these cases, Dr. Parsell may recommend a crown to restore your tooth to form and function. A dental crown is sometimes also called a cap and it covers the entire visible portion of your tooth. This restoration will be cemented in place so it will look and feel like your natural tooth. Crowns are be made of many materials, but are most commonly made from porcelain and can be matched to the shade of your existing natural teeth to maintain a consistent beautiful smile. Ask Dr. Parsell about the different options available for crown materials and how they can affect the look of your smile.