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Maintaining your oral health is an essential element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That’s why you should see an experienced dentist when you have issues with broken, decayed or injured teeth. Our practice is committed to providing you with high-quality restorative dental treatments such as dental fillings, dental crowns and dental bridges. When you are in need of restorative dental work to help get you back to a bright smile, give us a call.
What Is a Dental Filling and Why Do I Need One?
A tooth filling is a commonly performed procedure that is recommended when a patient has a cavity caused by tooth decay. The process starts off with your dentist removing any decaying material from your tooth. Your tooth will then be completely cleaned before the dentist places a filling in it. Tooth fillings are commonly comprised of gold, porcelain or other materials. These materials fill the cavity in the tooth that prevents the tooth from further damage caused by decay.
Why Has My Dentist Recommended a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Crowns and bridges are commonly utilized prosthetic devices that are permanently applied to the teeth via high-bond dental cement. A tooth crown fits over a damaged tooth snugly. Due to this, crowns are often called “dental caps.” A tooth bridge covers the gap between one or more missing teeth. They utilize a row of pontic teeth that are attached to the adjoining teeth on both sides of the affected area. If you need a bridge, your dentist may also recommend that you receive dental implants in order to provide proper support for your device.
What Kind of Dentist Offers Tooth Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?
General dentists place crowns for teeth, tooth fillings and tooth bridges on a routine basis. After your mouth and teeth have been thoroughly examined by one of our dentists, you will be told whether or not restorative treatment is a path that you should pursue. Our dentists will answer any questions that you may have about your treatments, your dental insurance coverage or your bill.
What Will a Crown, Filling or Bridge Cost Me?
Your total tooth filling cost, dental bridge cost or dental crown cost will be determined by an array of factors. These factors include your insurance coverage, the materials used to create your treatment device and the location of the tooth or teeth that are to be treated. If you have any concerns over the amount you will pay, rest assured that our team is here to provide you with an estimate of your costs and to discuss what payment options are available to you.
What Are the Different Types of Fillings?
Many of our patients are surprised to learn about the many different materials that tooth fillings can be made of. Silver amalgam, porcelain, gold and tooth-colored composite are the most popular options. If you would like to receive a tooth filling that matches the natural color of your teeth, let our dentists know. We will also provide you with advice on the type of filling that is best for you.
Are There Different Types of Dental Crowns?
A tooth crown can also be made out of a variety of materials. Some of the materials used in fabricating crowns include porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys and ceramic. In most cases, your dentist will use a ceramic crown for your front teeth and a gold crown for your teeth.
Can I Choose from Different Types of Bridges?
Your dentist will suggest what kind of dental bridge is the best option to address your missing tooth or teeth. Traditional bridges are utilized if you still have teeth on either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are placed if you only have adjoining teeth on one side of the gap. If you are in need of a bridge in the back of your mouth, your dentist will not place a cantilever bridge.
What Do I Need to Know About Getting a Dental Crown?
Receiving your dental crown is as simple as going into the dentist’s office twice. The first time will involve an impression being made of your tooth. Your tooth will also be shaped and prepared during the visit. In addition, you will be given a temporary crown to wear. The second time you come in will be when the dentist permanently attaches the custom-fitted crown to your tooth.
What Happens During the Tooth Bridge Procedure?
A procedure to receive a dental bridge also consists of two visits to our office. The first time you come in, your dentist will make a mold of your teeth as well as scrape a small portion of enamel from your abutment teeth. A temporary device will be placed in your mouth. When you come in for your second visit, your permanent bridge will be placed into your mouth and adjusted to ensure that it is comfortable for you to wear.
If you are ready to receive restorative treatment, get in touch with our staff today.