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Dental Fillings and Crowns

Dental Fillings

When a filling is required, the team at Louisville Dental Associates can provide aesthetic tooth colored/bonded restorations. Closely matched to the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, this procedure protects your teeth while providing a beautiful smile.

After years of use, fillings can start to break down at the edges, which can lead to new decay or weakening of the surrounding tooth structure. If you have received fillings over the years, Dr. Chuck Skinner and Dr. Brian Chudleighwill closely monitor them for any signs of failure.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that prevent tooth decay, strengthen weakened teeth, and look natural. Placing a composite filling can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Composite tooth-colored dental fillings come in a variety of shades to match the color of the actual and surrounding tooth structures, and can generally be placed during one office visit.

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Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
Silver fillings, also known as amalgam, have traditionally been used for several decades. While overall they are known to be safe and effective for protecting teeth from further decay, they are a more unattractive option and have many disadvantages.

The edges of silver fillings can, over time, cause stains on your teeth and gums. The metal of silver fillings expands and contracts during normal wear, which can cause cracks in teeth.

While they can wear well, they can also weaken or break, which can result in recurring decay or fracturing of the tooth. The dentists and staff at Louisville Dental Associates closely monitor dental fillings for consistent wear and protection of your smile.

Dental Crowns

crown placementOur goal at Louisville Dental Associates is to provide dental work that is indiscernible from your natural smile, providing a smile that looks and feels healthy.

Dental crowns are essentially tooth-shaped “caps” that restores the appearance, shape, and strength of a tooth. They are constructed from materials such as high-grade porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain bonded to gold.

Fitting a crown requires two visits to Louisville Dental Associates. Initially, our doctors will get rid of any decay, shape the tooth as needed, and then fit the tooth with a temporary crown.

On the subsequent visit, our doctors will remove the temporary crown, replacing it with a permanent crown. Once adjusted, if necessary, the permanent crown will be cemented into place and you have a new, beautiful-looking tooth.