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When you are in need of a tooth filling, tooth bridge or tooth crown due to one or more of your teeth being damaged or decayed, you want to go to a dentist that you can trust. Our practice of experienced dentists is here to give you the kind of high-quality restorative dental treatment that you deserve. To learn more about the kinds of treatments we provide, continue reading this helpful guide.
What Is a Tooth Filling and Why Do I Need One?
A dental filling is a substance that is used to fill a cavity caused by tooth decay. This filing is typically made out of a substance like porcelain or gold, but can also be made out of other materials. Dentists place fillings by first removing any decaying material from the tooth. The second step of the process is the dentist cleaning out the tooth. The third portion consists of the dentist placing the filling itself inside of the cavity. This will ensure that the affected tooth is protected from further decay or damage.
Do I Need a Tooth Bridge or Crown?
Both tooth bridges and tooth crowns are considered to be permanent prosthetic devices. These commonly utilized treatments both involve the dentist adhering the device to the teeth via the use of high-bond dental cement. Bridges are utilized in cases where a patient has missing teeth. These devices use synthetic teeth to bridge the gap in the teeth and attach to the abutting teeth on either side of the gap. Crowns, also called “dental caps,” fit over the entirety of a damaged tooth.
What Type of Dentist Provides Dental Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?
There is typically no need to see a specialist when it comes to receiving a bridge, crown or filling. Your friendly neighborhood dentist performs these procedures on a routine basis. Before recommending a course of treatment, one of our dentists will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth. If restorative treatment is needed, your dentist will let you know what options are available for you. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about dental insurance and payment options.
How Much Will a Crown, Bridge or Filling Cost Me?
Like every other dental treatment, crowns, bridges and fillings are highly individualized treatments. This means your costs will be different than what another patient may pay. We will provide you with an estimate of the tooth filling cost, dental crown cost and dental bridge cost. These estimated will take into account factors like your insurance coverage, the type of treatment chosen and the type of materials utilized to create your filling, crown or bridge.
Are There Different Types of Fillings?
Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information on the different types of fillings that our practice utilizes. Fillings made out of gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite are the most popular.
Are There Different Types of Crowns?
If you are in need of a tooth crown, you may be surprised to learn that they are available in a variety of materials. The materials you choose may be determined by the location of your tooth. For instance, a front tooth is often crowned via the use of a ceramic crown, while a back tooth often uses something strong like gold. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are another popular option.
How Do I Know What Type of Bridge Is Right for Me?
After assessing your oral health, your dentist will be able to recommend the right type of bridge for you. While we offer several options, the most popular ones are traditional bridges and cantilever bridges. Traditional bridges fit in the gap created by your missing tooth or teeth. The prosthetic teeth on the bridge attach to the teeth that remain on either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are placed in areas where there are only teeth remaining on one side of the gap. Because of this, they are not recommended for back areas of your mouth.
Can You Give Me More Information on the Procedure for a Crown?
Crowns for teeth are generally placed in just two visits. Your first visit will be comprised of a mold of your teeth being taken, your tooth being shaped and a temporary crown being placed. Your second visit will consist of your permanent crown being placed over your tooth with high-bond cement.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Many of our patients are curious about how a dental bridge is placed. In most cases, a patient only needs to come into the office twice. The first time will consist of the dentist making an impression of the teeth, scraping some enamel from the abutment teeth and placing a temporary bridge in the mouth. The second time is when the dentist places and adjusts the permanent bridge.
If you have any further questions about the types of restorative treatments we offer to our patients, pick up the phone and schedule a consultation today!