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Fillings & Crowns

Holistic dentistry is founded on the principle that dental health is inseparable from overall health. This interconnectedness extends to dental restorations, which repair and protect our teeth while preserving our body’s harmony. Our primary goal is to prevent the need to ever have dental restorations by providing the most comprehensive diagnostics and robust preventive care plan that facilitate an optimal clinical outcome that is esthetic, functional, and stable for a lifetime. Unfortunately, we don't always get the opportunity to meet our patients before issues develop, so it is important that we stabilize the condition with the most predictable solutions. 

Let’s explore when and why restorations are needed, and the crucial role of biocompatible materials in our practice.

Why and When are Dental Restorations Needed?

Dental restorations are needed when tooth decay, trauma, or wear has caused damage. They allow us to restore functionality, improve aesthetics, and prevent further problems.

  • Dental Fillings: Fillings are the most common dental restoration. They are used to fill the cavity left after tooth decay has been removed. This procedure prevents further decay and strengthens the tooth. If you have a toothache or your dentist has identified a cavity during an examination, a filling may be required.

  • Inlays and Onlays: Sometimes, damage or decay is too extensive for a simple filling, yet not severe enough to require a crown. That's where inlays and onlays come in. These restorations are custom-made in a laboratory and are used when the tooth cusps are intact and healthy. An inlay fits within the contours of the tooth, while an onlay can cover one or more cusps.

  • Dental Crowns: A crown is essentially a "cap" for a damaged tooth. It is used when a tooth is cracked, has a large filling, or is severely decayed. Crowns can strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and improve its appearance.

Dental Filling
Dental Crown

The Importance of Biocompatible Materials

At our holistic dental practice, we believe that any material used in your body should support your total health and wellbeing. This is why we use biocompatible materials in our restorations.

Biocompatible materials do not trigger adverse reactions, such as allergies or sensitivities, because they closely resemble the natural materials in our bodies. For example, we often use composite resins for fillings and ceramic materials for inlays, onlays, and crowns. These materials not only blend beautifully with your natural teeth, but they also do not contain mercury or other potentially harmful metals found in traditional amalgam fillings.

By choosing biocompatible materials, we are putting your overall health first, ensuring that your dental restorations are in harmony with your entire body.

In conclusion, dental restorations are an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy and functional smile. As a holistic dental practice, we are committed to using materials that are safe, durable, and compatible with your body's natural biochemistry. Together, we can restore your smile in a way that respects and enhances your whole body health.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are dental fillings, crowns, and restorations?

A: Dental fillings, crowns, and restorations are different types of treatments to repair and restore damaged or decayed teeth. Fillings are used to fill a cavity or a small portion of the tooth that has been damaged. Crowns, also known as caps, cover the entire tooth, providing a new surface. Restorations refer broadly to any procedure that restores the normal function and appearance of the tooth and can include fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants.


Q: What materials are used for dental fillings?

A: Dental fillings can be made from several materials, including composite resin (a tooth-colored blend of plastic and glass), porcelain, and gold. The choice of material depends on various factors such as the location and extent of decay, cost, and patient preference.

Q: How long do dental crowns last?

A: The lifespan of a dental crown depends on several factors, including the material of the crown, the health of the underlying tooth, and your oral hygiene practices. On average, dental crowns last between 5 to 15 years. However, with excellent care, they can last even longer.

Q: When is a dental restoration needed?

A: Dental restorations are needed when a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point where a simple filling is not sufficient. This might occur due to severe tooth decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or extensive wear due to teeth grinding. Restorations can also be used to replace missing teeth.

Q: Are dental fillings, crowns, and restorations painful?

A: Most dental fillings, crowns, and restorations are not painful. Dentists use local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being treated, which greatly reduces discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, there may be some sensitivity or discomfort, which usually subsides within a few days.

Q: How should I care for my teeth after a filling, crown, or restoration?

A: Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining your dental fillings, crowns, and restorations. This includes regular brushing and flossing and regular check-ups with your dentist. Avoid hard and sticky foods that could potentially damage the restoration. If you notice any problems, such as a loose filling or discomfort when you bite down, contact your dentist right away.

Q: How much do dental fillings, crowns, and restorations cost?

A: The cost of dental fillings, crowns, and restorations can vary widely, depending on the type of procedure, the material used, and the specific circumstances of your case. Dental insurance often covers a portion of these costs. Your dentist can provide a detailed cost estimate based on your individual needs.

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