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If your tooth or several teeth have been damaged due to injury or decay, you may require restorative treatment from a local dentist. With tooth fillings, crowns, and bridges, you can repair or replace damaged teeth and regain your smile’s look and function. Our dentists provide high-quality restorations that can help you preserve your oral health.
What Is a Tooth Filling?
A tooth filling is a way to repair a decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. To place a filling, a dentist removes the decayed material, cleans the tooth, then fills the cavity with porcelain, gold, or other materials. This protects the tooth from further decay and damage.
What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Tooth crowns and bridges are both prosthetic devices used in dentistry. Unlike removable appliances like dentures, crowns and bridges are attached to the teeth using high-bond cement and can only be removed by your dentist. Crowns also are referred to as “dental caps” because they cover a damaged tooth entirely. Bridges are recommended for those missing one or more teeth. These appliances are created using a row of pontic teeth, which are attached to abutment teeth on each side. Implants can also be used to support dental bridges.
What Kind of Dentist Provides Tooth Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
Your neighborhood dentist can provide tooth crowns, bridges and fillings. After your regular dental exam, our dentist will advise you of your options if restorative treatment is needed. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions about insurance or payment.
How Much Does a Filling, Dental Bridge, or Tooth Crown Cost?
Dental fillings, bridges, and crowns are fully customized dental appliances; because of this, the cost varies significantly. The materials used to fabricate the restoration, the placement of the device, and your insurance will factor into the final charges. At your appointment, you’ll receive an estimate of the tooth filling cost, dental crown cost, or dental bridge cost.
What Are the Different Types of Tooth Fillings?
Tooth fillings are available in a variety of materials, many of which are designed to look like your natural teeth. Some of the most popular types of fillings include gold, tooth-colored composite, porcelain, or silver amalgam. Our dentists will help you determine which type meets your needs.
What Are the Different Types of Crowns?
Like tooth fillings, dental crowns for teeth are available in a variety of materials. These include ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, and gold alloys. Ceramic crowns are often used to restore front teeth, while gold crowns may be suggested for the back teeth.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
At our practice, we offer several types of bridges to restore our patients’ smiles. Traditional bridges involve fabricating a crown for the implant or tooth on either side of the affected area, and then placing pontics in between. On the other hand, cantilever bridges are recommended when there are adjacent teeth on just one side of the affected area. Cantilever bridges are not recommended for the back of the mouth.
Getting a Tooth Crown: What to Expect
Receiving a new dental crown involves three steps. At your first visit, the dentist will shape and prepare the affected tooth. He or she also will take an impression of the tooth, which is necessary for fabricating the final crown. You’ll receive a temporary crown to wear until the second visit, where the permanent crown is cemented into place. Each part of the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
What Happens During the Tooth Bridge Procedure?
The tooth bridge procedure usually involves two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the abutment teeth by removing a small portion of the enamel. Impressions are then taken of the teeth, which serve as the model for the new bridge and crowns. You’ll wear a temporary bridge while your permanent device is being created. At your second visit, the final bridge will be placed and adjusted for comfort. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the bridge procedure.