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If you need high-quality care for a tooth damaged by decay, trauma or disease, please call us to schedule an appointment. Our dentists are skilled at restoring teeth to a healthy state and preserving your oral health. Our mission to help you maintain a natural smile for as long as possible.
What Are Fillings for Teeth?
A tooth filling is a restoration which dentists use after removing decay from a tooth. Composite, amalgam and gold are the most common filling materials; all three restore the tooth to its original shape and prevent additional decay from forming. If you believe you have a cavity, contact us to schedule an appointment. A cavity won’t go away on its own.
What Are Dental Caps and Dental Bridges?
Bridges and crowns are both fixed devices, which means they are non-removable, except by a dentist. Crowns, or caps, cover a damaged tooth, provide extra strength to a tooth supporting a bridge or to complete an implant. Crowns also have cosmetic uses, to cover a badly discolored or misshapen tooth. Bridges fill in a gap left by one or more missing teeth with artificial teeth held in place by crowns covering natural teeth or implants.
Which Dentists Offer Fillings, Crowns and Bridges for Teeth?
Our dentists, along with other general dentists, offer a variety of restorative treatments to fix a diseased tooth, repair a broken tooth or to replace a missing tooth. Please call our office if you are looking for a dentist offering restorative dentistry services near you.
How Much Will a Tooth Filling, Crown or Dental Bridge Cost?
Your tooth filling cost depends on the filling material you and your dentist decide upon. Both crowns and bridges are custom-made, so their cost will vary. Your dental crown cost depends on the type of crown you choose and whether your dentist has to build up the tooth before placing a crown. Your cost for a bridge depends on the crown material as well, plus the number of artificial teeth included in the bridge. Your dental insurance coverage will affect your total cost. Contact us to arrange an appointment and your dentist can explain your cost after assessing your unique needs.
What Materials Are in Crowns for Teeth?
Porcelain crowns are very natural looking. Dentists primarily use porcelain crowns for front teeth because they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which look nearly as realistic. Gold alloy crowns are the strongest crown available and highly suitable for molars. Your dentist will go over the advantages and disadvantages of each type of crown and help you select the most suitable option.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges for Teeth?
Conventional bridges are the most common type of bridge in use today. A conventional bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth with crowns on each end for the teeth on either side of the gap the bridge spans. If you only have a healthy tooth on one side of the gap, your dentist may suggest a cantilever tooth bridge. There are also implant-supported bridges, which do not depend on surrounding teeth for support. Your dentist will go over your options with you so you can make an informed choice.
What Is the Tooth Crown Procedure Like?
Getting a tooth requires two dental appointments. However, your dentist will complete the majority of the work during the first visit. The first visit consists of taking an impression of your teeth for the dental lab to fabricate your custom-made crown to blend in with your other teeth. Your dentist also prepares your tooth during your first visit by removing enough enamel to accommodate the crown and then covers the tooth with a temporary crown. On your second visit, your dentist replaces the temporary crown with the permanent tooth crown.
What Is the Tooth Bridge Procedure Like?
The steps in the bridge procedure are similar to the tooth crown procedure. You’ll have impressions made on your first visit for the dental lab and your teeth prepared for crowns, unless you’re getting an implant-supported bridge. Your dentist will administer local anesthesia when he or she reduces the amount of enamel on your tooth. On your second visit, your dentist will fit your bridge, making sure your bite is correct before permanently cementing the bridge in place. To ensure your bridge lasts as long as possible, your dentist will show you how to use nylon floss threaders or an oral irrigation device to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth and gums clean.
If you need dental fillings, a crown or a bridge, please call us to make an appointment. One of our dentists will go over your choices and help you choose the right restoration in your specific situation.