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If you have a damaged, decayed or missing teeth, our dentists offer restorations such as fillings, crowns and bridges. We strive to provide exceptional care to our patients and make them feel comfortable. Contact our office or keep reading to learn more about your options for repairing or replacing a tooth.
Why Are Dental Fillings Necessary?
If you have a cavity, your dentist has to remove the decay and then fill the hole made from the removal of the decay. You’ll select a filling material before the procedure. Fillings are barriers which keep bacteria, which would cause additional decay, out and help the tooth regain its structural integrity.
What Are Crowns for Teeth and Bridges?
Both crowns and bridges are fixed dental prosthetics, which means only a dentist can remove them. A crown covers the entire tooth, restoring the tooth’s function and shape. Crowns also restore a fragile tooth’s strength, such as a tooth which has undergone a root canal procedure. A bridge replaces a missing tooth with a pontic, an artificial tooth, held in place by the adjoining teeth. A bridge will contain crowns for the adjoining teeth.
Which Type of Dentist Offers Crowns, Bridges and Fillings?
Our dentists, which are general dentists, routinely provide fillings and crowns to restore teeth, and bridges to replace teeth. Call our office if you need a tooth restored or replaced, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
What Will a Tooth Filling, Tooth Crown or Dental Bridge Cost?
We base your tooth filling cost and your dental crown cost on the material you choose. Your cost for a bridge primarily relies on the number of teeth you are replacing. If you call our office and make an appointment with one of our dentists, he or she can quote a price after assessing your needs. Your dental insurance coverage will also influence the final fee. For affordable fillings, crowns or bridges, please call our office to schedule your appointment.
What Materials Can I Choose From for a Tooth Filling?
Tooth-colored composite fillings, which some people refer to as white fillings, are the most popular choice, followed by amalgam fillings, which are silver-colored. While amalgam fillings are noticeable, they remain a popular choice because they are economical and long-lasting. Talk to your dentist about your other choices, which may include porcelain and gold fillings. He or she will help you select the material which is best for you.
What Are the Most Popular Crown Materials?
Gold-alloy crowns are very strong and resist chipping. Dentists usually recommend them to cap molars because of their strength. Porcelain on metal crowns are also suitable for molars and other teeth. All porcelain dental caps most closely resemble natural teeth and are often used for front teeth. However, they are not suitable for molars as they may chip or crack under chewing forces. Your dentist will help you select the right crown for your unique needs.
How Many Types of Dental Bridges Are There?
There are traditional bridges, which include two crowns to cover the abutment teeth and pontics (artificial teeth) in between the crowns. Cantilever bridges are like traditional bridges, except there is only one abutment tooth. Your dentist will bond a maryland bridge to the back of one adjacent tooth instead of using a capped tooth. Implants can also support a bridge. Your dentist will help you choose the right solution in your case.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Tooth Crown?
Your dentist will start by making an impression of your teeth and selecting a shade so the dental lab can fabricate a crown that closely resembles your other teeth. Next, your dentist has to reduce the tooth so you will go home with a temporary crown. You’ll return for a subsequent appointment when your permanent is ready. Your dentist will put it on, check your bite and then cement the crown in place.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Tooth Bridge?
If you are getting a conventional bridge, your dentist will prepare the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap by filing them down for the crowns. Your dentist will also make an impression for your custom tooth bridge. You’ll wear a temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is ready. After ensuring your bridge fits correctly, your dentist will cement it in place. You will also learn how to keep your bridge clean as part of your regular oral hygiene routine.
Call our office to make an appointment for the dental care you need in a comfortable, relaxed setting with a team who cares about your dental health. We love welcoming new patients to our practice.