Tooth decay impacts patients of all ages and will require restorative treatment. Otherwise, serious complications can arise, such as dental infections or abscesses. Fortunately, we can provide an artistic and cosmetic approach to restorative treatment. We can fix cavities using lifelike fillings and crowns.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fixing Cavities
Question: Can you provide a metal-free filling?
Answer: Yes! Instead of metal, we can use a composite resin, which can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth structure. Placement only takes a single day and can help prevent infection. No one will be able to tell you have a filling.
Question: What if I have more severe decay?
Answer: For more advanced cases of decay, we may instead suggest a dental crown. The restoration fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth. We can use them to address cracks, breaks, infections, or to even aid in tooth replacement by restoring dental implant or anchoring bridges in place. We use porcelain to create them, since this is a strong, stain-resistant, and lifelike material.
Question: What is a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown?
Answer: Teeth near the back of the mouth must be able to withstand more powerful bite forces and pressure. As a result, we may suggest a more powerful dental crown. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is natural looking, while also offering the strength of a metal restoration.
Question: Can I take steps to prevent future cavities?
Answer: Yes! After treatment, try changing our daily habits to protect your smile. We suggest taking time each day to brush your teeth in the morning and again before going to bed. You should also floss every night and make time twice a day for a routine dental cleaning (which can remove all plaque from your teeth, safeguarding your smile against decay and gum disease).
Ready to Try Veneers?
We can use thin shells or porcelain to transform your smile. You can schedule a restorative consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.