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What Is a Tooth Filling?
If you have a cavity, you should get it fixed as soon as possible. The restoration will match the strength and shape of your decayed tooth so it can withstand the force of chewing. A tooth filling is a special material a dentist uses to fill your tooth and restore its shape and function. It also keeps the cavity in your tooth from getting worse.
Understanding Dental Crowns and Bridges
Sometimes a tooth may need more than just a filling. Our dentists use dental crowns and bridges to help strengthen patients’ teeth and keep them in alignment. A crown is a custom dental cap that’s permanently installed on top of a tooth. It covers the entire tooth and protects it. If you’re missing any teeth, our professionals may recommend a bridge. Dental bridges fill any gaps between teeth. They replace missing teeth to keep your smile looking its best.
What Kind of Dentist Provides Tooth Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
If you need dental fillings, crowns, or bridges, you might wonder if you need to see a special dentist. Our dentists are able to install fillings, crowns, and bridges in the same comfortable setting you’re used to when you come for a cleaning. If your situation requires a specialist, we’ll give you a referral, but most of our patients have their needs met right in our office.
The Cost of a Filling, Dental Bridge, or Crown
Dental work can seem expensive, but it’s worth it to invest in your teeth so they last your lifetime. The cost of a filling, dental bridge, or tooth crown varies depending on the material it’s made from and how it’s installed. We work with every patient to explore treatment options and the tooth filling cost.
What Are the Different Types of Tooth Fillings?
You may be surprised to learn that there are different types of tooth fillings that can be made from several different materials.
Composite fillings are made from a special resin that’s mixed and then placed directly into the cavity. These resins match the color of your teeth, so they look more natural. This makes them a good choice for cavities in your front teeth.
Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals. They’re silver in color, so they don’t match your tooth color and will stand out more. Amalgam fillings are very strong and can last for 10 years or more.
Gold fillings are extremely durable and tolerated well by gum tissue. They last longer than other types of fillings; however, they’re much more expensive than amalgam.
Ceramic fillings are made of tooth-colored porcelain, so they look very natural. They’re more brittle than composite fillings but also are more resistant to staining.
Different Types of Crowns
Crowns for teeth can also be made of different types of materials.
- All ceramic (porcelain based): These crowns are made entirely from a porcelain-based ceramic material. They match the color of your teeth and are often used on front teeth.
- Porcelain fused to metal: This type of crown is stronger than porcelain alone because metal strengthens the crown. These crowns also form a good seal over decayed teeth to prevent decay from spreading.
- Gold alloys: These crowns are made from a combination of gold, copper and other metals. They’re very strong and they don’t wear away teeth that they come into contact with.
- Base-metal alloys: These metal crowns don’t match the color of your teeth, but they’re strong and long lasting. They’re gentle on other teeth, which makes them a good choice for back teeth. The dental crown cost for gold is higher than for other materials.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
Our dentists provide all types of bridges. If you have existing teeth on both sides of where the missing tooth was, a traditional bridge is the best way to bridge the gap. If you only have a natural tooth on one side, we can install a cantilever bridge. We have many different options for permanent and temporary bridges. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and learn more.
Getting a Tooth Crown: What to Expect
Getting a crown on your tooth requires several visits to our office. During the first visit, our professionals will prepare your tooth for the crown and take imprints of your teeth. We’ll place a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. On the second visit, we’ll remove the temporary crown and attach the permanent crown with a special adhesive.
What Happens During a Tooth Bridge Procedure?
A tooth bridge procedure is completed over several visits. First, we’ll measure and prepare your teeth. We’ll also take measurements and imprints for your new bridge. We’ll install a temporary bridge until your new one is ready. Then, we’ll put your permanent bridge into place. If you have any questions, including concerns about the dental bridge cost, contact our office. We’re here to help.