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What Are Dental Fillings?
Once your tooth is affected by decay, it will become more damaged over time, becoming more painful until you receive treatment from a dentist. A tooth filling repairs damage caused by decay, restoring the normal function of the tooth.
Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges
Crowns, also called dental caps, are used to cover teeth that are broken, cracked, or discolored, and they look very similar to your natural teeth. Dentists also use crowns to attach a bridge or to cover a dental implant. A dental bridge is a restorative procedure that fills an area left vacant by missing teeth.
What Type of Dentist Does Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
Fillings are offered by your general or family dentist, and they can also perform most crowns and dental bridge work. However, complex procedures may be referred to a specialist in the repair and replacement of missing teeth, called a prosthodontist. To learn more about your treatment options for bridge work, crowns, or fillings, contact our office today to make an appointment.
What Are the Treatment Costs for a Filling, Dental Bridge, or Crown?
Treatment costs for a dental bridge, crown, or filling are based on the individual needs of each patient. Examples of factors affecting your complete dental bridge cost include whether you have dental insurance, the materials used to create the bridge, and the current health of your mouth. Final tooth filling costs are mostly affected by the type of filling selected and your insurance coverage. Whether you require any additional dental work, your insurance coverage, and the materials used to fabricate the crown are factors that determine your dental crown cost.
Different Types of Fillings
If you need cavity treatment, our dentists provide several different options to choose from, including porcelain, natural-colored composite, silver amalgam, glass, and gold. Your insurance coverage, participation in a dental discount plan, and your aesthetic preferences are factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a tooth filling.
Different Types of Crowns
If you’re interested in improving your smile with crowns for teeth, our dentists use several different types of materials, including metal alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, porcelain, and gold alloy. For more information about tooth crown materials, schedule an appointment to learn more about your treatment options.
What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?
An implant-supported bridge, cantilever bridge, and fixed bridge are a few options available to replace missing teeth. To help you decide which tooth bridge best meets your unique needs, call us today to make an appointment.
What Steps Are Included in the Dental Crown Procedure?
To perform the tooth crown procedure, your dentist shapes and files the affected tooth to prepare it for the placement of the crown. Then, a mold of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory so the permanent crown can be made. While the permanent crown is created, a temporary crown is placed on the tooth to keep it protected. During your last appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the customized crown is permanently cemented onto the tooth.
What Steps Are Included in the Dental Bridge Procedure?
The first step of the tooth bridge process involves reshaping the teeth that will support the bridge. Then, your dentist makes an impression of the teeth and sends it to a dental laboratory to fabricate a customized bridge that fits the shape of your mouth exactly. While the bridge is being developed, you’ll wear a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums. During your final appointment, the permanent bridge is cemented into place.