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Did you know that the placement of dental fillings, dental bridges and dental crowns are some of the most commonly performed procedures in the dental world? If you have a tooth or multiple teeth in need of treatment because of decay or injury, call one of our local dentists today. We are experienced in an array of restorative treatment options that will assist you in preserving your overall dental health.
Why Do I Need a Dental Filling?
A tooth filling is a necessary procedure that repairs a tooth that has become damaged due to decay. Your dentist will bring your tooth back to its normal function and shape by removing the decayed materials, cleaning the tooth and filling the cavity with a substance such as porcelain or gold. The purpose of this procedure is to keep the tooth or teeth protected from the advanced stages of decay.
Will a Dental Crown or Bridge Help Me?
If you have damaged or missing teeth, your dentist may recommend that you receive a tooth crown or a tooth bridge. Both of these devices are commonly used in dentistry. They are considered to be permanent solutions to dental problems and utilize high-bond cement to ensure that the devices stay in place as they should. Crowns are also called “dental caps.” This is because they fit tightly over the entire damaged tooth. Bridges are usually given to people who are missing one tooth or several teeth. These dental devices are made with a row of synthetic teeth that bridge the gap between the abutment teeth. Many patients who have these devices are also given dental implants to help support the bridges.
What Type of Dentist Does Tooth Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?
If you believe you are in need of a filling, crown or bridge, it is best to go to a general dentist. Our office provides routine procedures like these to all of our patients. Once one of our dentists has performed your routine dental examination, he or she will let you know whether or not you need restorative treatment. If you have any questions about payment, dental insurance coverage or your treatment plan, our staff is happy to answer them.
What Will a Filling, Bridge or Crown Cost Me?
At the time of your initial visit, our staff will provide you with an estimate of your dental bridge cost, dental crown cost or tooth filling cost. Since each treatment plan is individualized, your costs will depend on factors like your dental insurance provider, the type of treatment pursued, the materials used to construct your treatment device and the severity of your case.
Are There Different Kinds of Tooth Fillings?
There are many types of substances available that our dentists use to perform a tooth filling. If you want to receive a filling that matches the color of your natural teeth, let your dentist know. Commonly used materials are porcelain, tooth-colored composite, gold and silver amalgam. Your dentist will offer suggestions on what type of filling material would work best for you, your teeth and your overall oral health.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?
There are a variety of materials available to use for crowns for teeth. Gold alloys are frequently used to construct crowns for the back teeth. Ceramic is often utilized to fabricate crowns for the front teeth. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is another type available for your dental device.
Are There Different Types of Bridges?
Were you aware that there were also many different types of tooth bridges available? The type of bridge that you will receive will depend on your unique dental needs. For instance, if you have abutment teeth on either side of the affected area, your dentist may recommend that you receive a traditional bridge. These bridges utilize a crown for the implant or tooth that is located on each side of the gap, with the pontics placed in between. If you have adjacent teeth on only one side of the affected area, your dentist may suggest a cantilever bridge. A cantilever bridge can’t be used for your back teeth.
Getting a Tooth Crown: What to Expect
Receiving a crown typically takes two visits to our office. Each step of this process will take your dentist around 30 minutes to an hour to complete. The first visit will consist of your dentist prepping your tooth for the crown and taking a mold of your tooth. You will be required to wear a temporary crown until your next visit. The second visit will involve the dentist placing your permanent crown on the tooth.
What Will My Dentist Do During the Dental Bridge Procedure?
It will take your dentist two appointments to install your tooth bridge. Your first appointment will involve your dentist scraping a thin layer of enamel from your abutment teeth, as well as taking an impression of your teeth. A temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth. At your second appointment, a custom-fitted permanent bridge will be cemented into your mouth.
No matter what your dental health care needs may be, we are here to help. Pick up the phone and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.