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Crowns and Fillings

Dental Crowns & Fillings In Glendale, AZ

When a tooth has suffered damage or decay, our Glendale dentist, Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, helps to save it by restoring its structure to full health and function. To do so, Dr. Baker uses two of the most versatile dental treatments available: composite fillings and dental crowns made of either porcelain or zirconia. Dr. Baker is proud to offer these dental restorations to patients in Glendale, Arrowhead Ranch, and Northwest Phoenix.

Composite Fillings

Made of a tooth-colored resin, composite fillings are able to rebuild the sections of a tooth that has been affected by decay. The  color of the resin matches the color of a naturally healthy tooth, so they are not as noticeable as a traditional amalgam filling. In many instances composite resin does not cause the same temperature sensitivity that a silver can. One of the metals used to make amalgam fillings is mercury; although the amount of mercury used for fillings is safe, some patients feel uncomfortable receiving these silver fillings.

Our Glendale dentist understands the cosmetic drawbacks and patient discomfort associated with amalgam fillings, and instead uses composite fillings only. Dr. Dorsey W. Baker can remove select amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth-colored resin.The silver fillings are removed using a technique and equipment that eliminate the exposure to the mercury vapors that are released when silver fillings are removed. This protects both the patient and the staff from mercury exposure. The result is an aesthetically superior and more comfortable restoration that brightens patient’s smiles.

Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns

Dr. Baker is also well versed in restoring teeth with porcelain and zirconia crowns. Dental crowns are caps for teeth that can be saved from extraction with reconstruction and protection. Teeth can be left such a situation due to undergoing severe decay, erosion, significant cracking, or root canal therapy.

Our Glendale dentist uses either porcelain or zirconia as the material of dental crowns because they best resolve both the cosmetic and functional aspect of restoring a damaged tooth. Dental porcelain is incredibly strong and features the same color and translucence of natural teeth; a porcelain crown is difficult to tell apart from a natural tooth. Zirconia serves a similar function, but tends to be more durable. Depending upon your restorative needs, Dr. Baker can discuss the advantages of each type of crown and use the one that best serves your needs.

Contact Us Today!

Dorsey W. Baker, DDS provides composite fillings and porcelain and zirconia crowns in Glendale, Arrowhead Ranch, and Northwest Phoenix. To learn more about these teeth restorations, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!