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Cavities and tooth decay can cause extensive damage to your teeth which would require professional assistance from the dentists at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics in order to repair. Understanding how fillings, crowns and bridges work to repair your teeth or too their original healthy state can allow you to enjoy better dental health for yourself and your family. Here are some of the basics of bridges, crowns, caps and fillings to help you make the right choices for your dental care requirements.

What Is a Tooth Filling?

Tooth decay and cavities can weaken the interior structure of your teeth and can leave hollow spaces, inviting infection and causing pain and suffering. A tooth filling is a hard substance that fills the space left by a cavity and provides solid support for teeth that may be fragile because of the loss of interior tissue and external enamel. Your tooth filling cost will generally depend on the amount of material needed and the choice of materials. For example, gold and porcelain fillings may cost more than comparable amalgam options.

What Are Dental Crowns for Teeth?

For teeth that may have large fillings or other issues that can make them fragile and breakable, a tooth crown can be placed over the entire tooth to create a protective barrier that can prevent further breakage or damage. Crowns are also referred to as dental caps because they are designed to fit over teeth snugly to protect the outer enamel of your tooth. A tooth crown allows you to chew, bite and speak with greater confidence even if you have severely decayed teeth.

What Is the Best Way to Determine the Full Dental Crown or Dental Bridge Cost?

The dentists at our practice can provide the best and most appropriate care for your situation at prices you and your family can afford. Our team of dentists will work with you to determine the right approach for your tooth replacement and to provide you with the best guidance in the Gainesville area. Tioga Dental & Orthodontics is committed to providing affordable prices in the dental field and to the right answers for you. Typically, dental crown cost estimates will vary depending on the materials chosen for your crown and the number of corrective procedures needed to apply these appliances successfully.

Materials Used for Dental Fillings

You have many options when getting a filling. Tooth-colored composite fillings are designed to look and work much like your natural teeth. Gold fillings are also popular and can provide long-term stability for your teeth. Amalgam fillings are silver in color and are usually the most affordable choice for our patients. At Tioga Dental & Orthodontics, our dentists will work with you to determine the most appropriate and cost-effective choice for tooth fillings in Gainesville.

Types of Crowns

Materials used for crowns include porcelain veneers on metal frames, gold alloys and ceramic compounds. We will help you to make the best choice for your appearance and your budget. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience needed to provide you with the crown recommendation that will suit your tooth needs, but will also work in alignment with your insurance, dental discount plan or other payment options. Please contact us for more information.

Types of Dental Bridges to Choose

Bridges are available in several different types, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges and single or multiple-tooth retainers. They may be removable or permanently attached to adjacent teeth or to a dental implant to hold them securely in place.

How Is a Typical Crown Applied?

In most cases, you will receive a temporary crown during your first visit to provide protection for damaged or broken teeth while a permanent crown is fabricated. You may also need a dental implant or adjustments to the remaining parts of your tooth to make sure your new crown fits snugly and provides real protection. At Tioga Dental & Orthodontics, we will work with you to determine the best approach and the most practical solution for applying your crown and keeping your teeth healthier now and in the future.

How Is a Dental Bridge Placed?

A tooth bridge is designed to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth to create a more beautiful and even smile. Your tooth bridge may consist of a single tooth or a group of teeth that are designed to complement the appearance of your natural teeth. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and will fabricate a bridge with artificial teeth that will look and function like your natural teeth and that will fill in the gaps left by missing teeth.

The Right Solutions for Your Needs

At Tioga Dental & Orthodontics, we are proud to offer fillings, crowns and bridges to help you manage your dental care needs in a practical way. Our team of dental professionals will work with you to deliver the high-quality dental care. We do our best to ensure that you have access to affordable solutions. We know that dealing with missing teeth, tooth decay and damage to your teeth can be a stressful experience, so we want you to feel comfortable coming to our office and confident in the care you will receive from our dental professionals. Give us a call today at to schedule an appointment with our team. We look forward to the chance to serve you.

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