Gentle Dental of New Baltimore
35521 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047
Do you hide your smile because of damaged or missing teeth? Do your dental problems cause you pain or make it difficult to chew properly? Our skilled team of dental restoration dentists can help. We offer quality, affordable fillings, crowns, and bridges that can help to improve the appearance and health of your smile. Call us today for more information.
A tooth filling is a simple restoration. The dentist carefully removes any diseased or damaged portions of the tooth before reinforcing and reshaping it using a filling material. Fillings are normally recommended for small to moderate areas of decay or to reshape teeth that are worn or damaged by injury or teeth grinding.
Patients today have more types of fillings to choose from than ever before. Based on your teeth, budget, and cosmetic preferences, your dentist can help you choose from gold, amalgam, porcelain, or composite fillings.
The kind of material used, the location of the filling, and the extent of your insurance coverage will determine your final filling cost. We will work with you and your insurer to find a treatment option that will minimize your out-of-pocket expenses and help you find a payment option that fits within your budget.
Dental crowns, also known as caps, cover the total surface of a tooth to improve its appearance, protect it from further decay, and reinforce its structural integrity. Caps are typically used when the tooth is too damaged for a standard filling or when the structure has been weakened by decay or injury. A bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Not only can a bridge improve the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also help prevent further tooth loss by keeping the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
When selecting a crown, you need to consider cost, look, and the location of the restoration. For example, you may want to choose a durable gold crown to repair a back molar since the back teeth bear a lot of force when chewing. A tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic crown, on the other hand, may be more appropriate for a front tooth since it will look more natural.
The crown process starts with the dentist shaping the affected tooth so that the crown will fit and adhere properly, making a mold of your existing tooth that will be used to create your crown, and attaching a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you wait for your permanent crown. Once we receive your crown from the lab, you will return to our office to have it permanently attached to the tooth using a dental adhesive.
Dental crown cost can differ widely from patient to patient based on factors ranging from the type of insurance coverage to the type of material used for the restoration. We will provide you with an estimate of your cost and discuss your payment options once you and your dentist have decided on a treatment plan.
A bridge restoration is beneficial for virtually anyone with one or more missing teeth. We offer traditional bridges that feature a row of artificial teeth that attach to abutment teeth on both sides. If this is not feasible, we may be able to use a cantilevered bridge that attaches on only one side. If appearance and function are your top priority, you may be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge in which the teeth are attached to posts surgically embedded into the jawbone.
Similar to a crown restoration, the dentist starts by preparing the affected teeth, making a mold so the prosthetic can be customized to your mouth, and fitting you with a temporary bridge. During your second visit, the dentist will attach the permanent bridge and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it is as comfortable as possible.
We can provide you with an estimate of your cost following your initial consultation. We do recommend that you speak with your dental insurer prior to your appointment to get a better idea of your plan’s benefits and limitations.
Our dentists are dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. Call today to find out how our dental restoration services can improve the health and beauty of your smile.