What Esthetic Crowns and Fillings Can Do for You, Explained by Chapel Hill General Dentist

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2018-03-13

If you think of crowns and fillings as strictly restorative procedures, you’re not alone. Years ago, dentistry existed primarily to eliminate discomfort and restore function to a damaged smile. Treatments like crowns and fillings are still used to strengthen and protect teeth, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enhance your smile too!

A New Age of Dentistry

Every treatment performed by the Chapel Hill general dentist is done with an eye toward esthetics. Advances in materials and techniques now allow us to ensure that every restoration we place is not only functional but beautiful as well.

Procedures that were never before thought of as cosmetic in nature can now be used to correct a variety of dental flaws and improve your oral health. Crowns and fillings are two great examples of services we provide that do both.

Function And Beauty

Of course, the most important part goal of the services we provide is to restore function and protect a damaged tooth.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings: We use an esthetic composite material to create a filling after decay is removed. This material was developed to closely resemble natural tooth enamel. Our Chapel Hill general dentist places fillings that blend so seamlessly with your tooth that even you may not even notice it. This quality also makes the material perfect for dental bonding. This is a procedure where we build up a tooth to fix chips and breaks, and even reshape a tooth.
  • Dental Crowns: When a tooth is severely decayed, a simple filling won’t be sufficient to restore the tooth back to health. Our dentist will need to create a stronger restoration, and that’s where crowns come in. They encase your tooth and protect it from further damage. We use all-porcelain crowns that can be created to look just like a natural tooth. Again, this quality makes crowns perfect for esthetic improvements like concealing a severely stained tooth or reshaping one that is poorly proportioned. 

Please Call to Learn More

When it comes to improving your smile, you have lots of options! Please give us a call to arrange a convenient consultation with our dentist to learn more about all the ways we can help you achieve your dream smile!