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Do you need a tooth bridge to replace a missing front tooth? We can restore your smile with a bridge or dental caps to cover unsightly or broken teeth. If you have cavities that you’ve put off having filled, please call us for an appointment. We will get you smiling again.
What is a Dental Filling?
Filling cavities is one of the most common procedures that dentists perform. Dentists call fillings restorations because they restore a tooth weakened by a cavity and protect the tooth from further decay.
What are Dental Bridges and Crowns?
Both are relatively inexpensive permanent restorations; a bridge replaces a missing tooth, while a crown covers a badly damaged or discolored tooth.
Do I Need to Visit a Specialist for a Crown or a Tooth Bridge?
When your search for a dentist offering fillings, you’ll note that our family dental practice offers comprehensive services, including fillings, crowns and bridges. Please call us to schedule an appointment. We would enjoy being your family dentist.
What’s the Average Cost for Crowns for Teeth, Fillings and Bridges?
Your tooth filling cost depends on many factors, including whether you choose an amalgam or a composite tooth filling. Your dental crown cost also depends on the crown material you select. Your dental bridge cost depends on whether you are replacing one or two teeth and the type of bridge that is best for your needs. Our dentist will advise you about your options and then give you an estimate of your total cost. Please advise us if you have dental insurance.
What is the Best Tooth Filling Material?
There are amalgam (metal) dental fillings and composite (tooth colored) fillings, which are the most common, and gold fillings. Amalgam is the most affordable tooth filling, and gold, which is very durable, is the most expensive.
What Material is Best for a Front Tooth Crown?
Ceramic is the ideal material for a front tooth crown. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown also works well as a crown for front teeth, however, the porcelain will eventually wear down and the metal will show through. Gold alloy crowns are typically used for molars, due to the crown’s durability.
How Does a Dentist Prepare a Tooth for a Crown?
Typically our dentist will file a tooth down to prepare it for a crown, however, if your tooth is badly broken, our dentist may need to fill it in on your first visit, so the tooth can support the crown. On your second visit, our dentist removes the temporary crown he or she placed on the tooth and replaces it with the custom crown made by the dental lab.
Are There Different Types of Bridges?
The traditional fixed bridge consists of a pontic, or artificial tooth, that attaches to two crowned teeth on either side of the gap. A cantilever bridges attaches to only one tooth. An implant-supported bridge does not need to attach to the adjacent teeth.
What is the Procedure to Get a Bridge?
The procedure for getting a traditional bridge is the same as for getting a crown, except the dental lab also creates an artificial tooth along with the crowns. It takes longer for a dentist to place an implant-supported bridge, due to the healing time for the implants, however many people feel that it is worth it to have a sturdier bridge that helps prevent the jawbone from deteriorating.
Our gentle dentists put our patients at ease. Call our office for an appointment and our dentist will explain the restorative procedure that will work best for your situation.