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Our skilled dentists excel at restoring teeth with fillings, crowns and bridges which are hardly noticeable. Our practice has a caring environment with staff ready to answer your questions. Please call us to discuss your dental needs and we will schedule an appointment for you.
When Are Tooth Fillings Needed?
When you have dental decay, or cavities, bacteria from plaque eats a hole in the tooth’s enamel. To restore the tooth, your dentist removes the decay and fills the cavity with a restorative material which restores the tooth’s function and integrity.
What Are Dental Caps and Dental Bridges?
Caps, or crowns, are a restorative option when you want to cover a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth. Crowns typically resemble a natural tooth, depending on the tooth crown material. Bridges replace missing teeth to hide gaps in your smile.
Which Type of Dentist Offers Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
General or family dentists offer restoration services, including filling cavities, placing crowns, and replacing missing teeth with bridges. If you need any restorative dental services, please phone our office to schedule an appointment.
What Sort of Crown, Bridge, or Tooth Filling Cost Should I Expect?
Your specific dental crown cost will depend on what your dentist has to do to prepare your tooth and the crown material you select. Your dental bridge cost also depends on the material you select and the number of pontics (artificial teeth) the bridge contains. The primary factor which affects your cost for a tooth filling is the filling material you select. Your dental insurance coverage will also affect the final amount you pay. If you make an appointment, your dentist will go over your anticipated costs with you after assessing your needs and determining your preferences.
What Materials Do Dentists Use in Dental Fillings?
Dental amalgam, a silver-colored mixture of metals is strong, long-lasting and economical. Your dentist can use it to fill any size cavity. Patients often prefer tooth-colored composite resin fillings even though they do not last as long as metal fillings because the filling is virtually invisible. Gold is rarely used as a filling material today because it is expensive and, since a dental lab has to fabricate the filling, it takes two visits to get a gold tooth filling.
Which Materials Can I Choose from for Crowns for Teeth?
You can get a gold alloy crown which is strong, so it is ideal for molars. If you are looking for a lifelike crown, all porcelain crowns are the most attractive, since porcelain has the same translucent qualities as tooth enamel. Unfortunately, all porcelain crowns are only strong enough to use for front teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are strong enough to cover any tooth and they look almost as beautiful as all porcelain crowns. If you need a crown, please call for a consultation and your dentist will explain your choices in detail.
What Are the Different Types of Tooth Bridges?
A traditional tooth bridge is the most popular type of bridge. It consists of one or two pontics and crowns to go over the two teeth on either side of the gap. If you have just one healthy tooth to anchor a bridge, your dentist may suggest a cantilever bridge. A cantilever bridge is ideal for front teeth, however, it isn’t suitable for replacing a molar. If you would like to talk to a dentist about replacing a tooth, please call for a consultation.
Does It Hurt to Get a Tooth Crown?
No, dentists today excel at managing patient’s pain. Creating an impression of your teeth for the lab will not hurt at all. When your dentist has to file down your tooth, you will receive local anesthesia. You’ll go home with a temporary crown, which will protect the tooth until your custom crown is ready. During your second visit, the temporary crown comes off and your dentist will cement the permanent crown in place.
Does It Hurt to Get a Tooth Bridge?
It does not hurt to get a bridge. Your dentist starts with impressions for the dental lab creating your custom bridge. Your dentist will have to file down the teeth getting the crowns. However, you’ll have a local anesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel any pain. Your dentist will give you a temporary bridge to wear until you return in several weeks. During your second visit, your dentist removes your temporary bridge and makes certain the custom bridge fits well. You will also learn how to clean your bridge to ensure it lasts for as long as possible.