Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!  Having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and boosts our confidence.  Thanks to advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

Cosmetic dental treatments can:

-Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
-Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
-Improve or correct bites
-Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
-Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
-Replace missing teeth
-Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

In this article, we will discuss 2 types of cosmetic dental treatments:  Composites and Crowns.



A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, fractures, or discoloration.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling to match the surrounding tooth structure.

Reasons for composite fillings:

-Chipped teeth
-Closing space between two teeth
-Cracked or broken teeth
-Decayed teeth
-Worn teeth

-Discolored teeth

How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove any necessary areas of decay or discoloration.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared for bonded placement of the filling. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished; restoring your tooth to its ideal shape and function.


A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its ideal shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Reasons for crowns:

-Broken or fractured teeth
-Cosmetic enhancement
-Decayed teeth
-Discolored teeth
-Fractured fillings
-Large fillings
-Tooth has a root canal

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.

Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by our in-house dental laboratory.  The dentist will consult with you to match the shape, size, and color or your natural teeth to ensure that you are satisfied with the final outcome.  While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new porcelain crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.  Further, you will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings and crowns are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  However, you can count on them being very durable lasting many years and giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.  Contact Amarillo Dental Associates for a consultation appointment with one of Amarillo’s best dentists.