Dental One Associates of Pikesville
25 Hooks Lane, Suite 212, Pikesville, MD 21208
Do you need a missing, damaged or decayed tooth restored? If so, we offer a full range of restorative services that can replace a tooth and take care of an unsightly gap in your smile or restore a damaged tooth, so it’s functional and attractive. Keep reading to learn more about our services.
Fillings are the most common restorations and the least invasive option. Your dentist will remove decay from your tooth and then fill it with a tooth filling material of your choice; typically either a silver or white filling. Fillings prevent further damage, which could lead to more extensive repairs.
Crowns are covers for discolored, broken, or weakened teeth. The cap is lifelike, so it restores the tooth’s appearance as well as its function. Crowns will hold bridges and top implants, making them a versatile restoration. Bridges span the gap left by one or two adjacent missing teeth. A bridge has artificial teeth with crowns on each end for the teeth which will support the bridge.
If you contact our office, we will arrange an appointment for you with one of our dentists. You will have an examination, and if you need fillings or other restorative dental work, your dentist will discuss how he or she can help you. You can ask questions about the various options we offer and the cost associated with each option.
If you don’t have dental insurance, we urge you to call our office and schedule an exam. We do our best to keep our fees for quality restorative dentistry affordable. Your tooth filling cost, crown cost or dental bridge cost depends on the material you choose and your tooth’s condition. Your dentist will explain your expected costs and payment options before starting any restorative work. Call us for more information and to ask about our payment options.
Amalgam fillings are a metal alloy made from a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper and mercury. Despite being highly noticeable in the mouth, amalgam fillings have several distinct advantages, including being long-lasting, durable, suitable for any size tooth filling and economical. Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and suitable for small-to-medium-sized fillings.
Gold alloy dental caps are very durable, making them suitable for back teeth where patients have few cosmetic concerns. All porcelain crowns are the most lifelike option available and they are ideal for patients who have metal sensitivities. All porcelain crowns are primarily used for front teeth because of their aesthetic appeal but they are not strong enough to use on molars. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are stronger than all porcelain crowns, so your dentist may recommend them for front or back teeth.
Most bridges are traditional fixed bridges which consist of artificial teeth with a crown on each end to go over the teeth on either side of the gap which will support the bridge. Cantilever bridges only use one tooth for support; however, dentists can only use cantilever bridges for front teeth. Implant-supported bridges don’t need any adjacent teeth for support. If you call us for a consultation, your dentist will explain how he or she can replace missing teeth in your mouth.
Getting a tooth crown takes two appointments spaced about two weeks apart. On your first visit, your dentist will create a mold for the lab to use as they craft your custom crown. Also, during your first visit, your dentist will shape your tooth to accommodate your crown and place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. When your custom crown is ready, you’ll return and your dentist will remove the temporary and cement your permanent one in place.
Like a crown, a bridge takes two appointments about two weeks apart. On your first visit, your dentist will make a mold for the dental lab and then he or she will prepare your teeth for the crowns. You will wear a temporary bridge until you return to our office to receive your permanent bridge. Once you receive your permanent bridge, your dentist will remove the temporary one and after ensuring your new bridge fits, he or she will cement it into place. Once you have your new bridge, your dentist will explain how to keep it clean.