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What Is a Tooth Filling?
When teeth are damaged from decay, dental fillings are needed to restore the tooth to its normal form and function. During the procedure, your dentist will first numb the area and then remove any decayed material from your tooth. After the decay has been removed, it’s replaced with a filling.
What Are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Dental crowns, also called dental caps, are a dental restoration used to completely cover damaged teeth. Crowns can also be placed on top of a dental implant or attach to a dental bridge, and they are made to look just like your natural teeth. A dental bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth, covering the space where teeth are missing.
What Kind of Dentist Does Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
General and family dentists can manage all aspects of your oral health needs, including fillings, crowns, and bridges. Complex crowns and bridges may be referred to a prosthodontist, a specialist who receives additional training in the repair and replacement of missing teeth. Whether you need a filling, crown, or bridge, our dentists can provide the treatment you need. Call us today to make an appointment.
How Much Does a Filling, Dental Bridge, or Crown Cost?
Whether you receive a filling, crown, or dental bridge, the cost for treatment can vary. Your dental insurance, the materials used to make the bridge, and the overall health of your teeth will determine your dental bridge cost. Tooth filling cost is determined by the type of filling you receive and your insurance coverage. Your dental crown cost is affected by the materials used to create the crown, your insurance coverage, and if other dental work is required to complete the restoration.
What Are the Different Types of Fillings?
If you need a tooth filling, our dentists provide many different options. These include porcelain, silver amalgam, glass, natural-colored composite, and gold. Your aesthetic preferences, insurance coverage, and total costs are factors that determine what type of filling you choose.
Are There Different Types of Crowns?
Our dentists offer many different types of crowns for teeth that can be used depending on your specific dental needs. These include porcelain fused-to-metal, porcelain, gold alloy, and metal alloy. To learn more about which type of tooth crown is right for you, contact us to make an appointment.
Different Types of Dental Bridges
If you’re missing one or more teeth, our dentists offer many different dental bridge options, including an implant-supported bridge, fixed dental bridge, and a cantilever bridge. To learn more about the different tooth bridge options, contact us to make an appointment.
Dental Crown Procedure
To begin the tooth crown procedure, your dentist prepares the tooth by filing it down and reshaping it to make room for placing the crown. Once the tooth is the proper shape, a molded impression of the tooth is created and sent to a dental laboratory to create a customized crown. A temporary crown is cemented into place to protect the tooth until the permanent dental crown is made. Once completed, the temporary crown is removed, and your dentist uses special adhesive to fasten the new crown to the tooth.
What Should I Know About Getting a Dental Bridge?
Before a tooth bridge can be made, the teeth are shaped to make sure that there is enough room for placement of the bridge. After reducing the size of the teeth, an impression is taken to create a mold of your teeth that’s used to create the customized bridge. While the permanent bridge is being made, you’ll wear a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth from further damage. When the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary is removed, and the new bridge is fitted and cemented over your teeth.