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What You Need to Know About Fillings
If you have a cavity, our dentist will probably recommend that you get a tooth filling. During this procedure, we’ll numb your tooth and gums and remove the decayed material. Then we’ll place a filling in your tooth, which will restore your tooth to its original size and strength. A tooth filling stops the spread of decay and lasts for years.
Understanding Dental Crowns and Bridges
Some patients need more restoration than a filling can provide. If your tooth is eroded or weak, we may recommend a tooth crown. Crowns are dental caps that completely cover the exposed surface of your tooth to seal off decay and restore your tooth to its original function. If you have a missing tooth, a tooth bridge might be the right solution. A tooth bridge spans the gap and takes the place of the missing tooth. It’s permanently attached to the adjacent teeth and looks just like a natural tooth.
What Kind of Dentist Provides Tooth Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
You may think you need to see a specialist for fillings, crowns, and bridges, but you can visit our office for all of your dental needs. Our dentists have the training and expertise to evaluate your needs, recommend the right treatment, and install these custom dental appliances for you. We’ll restore your smile and help return you to good oral health.
How Much Will I Pay for a Filling, Dental Bridge, or Crown?
Your teeth need to last you a lifetime, so it’s worth investing in your smile. The cost of a filling, crown, or bridge varies based on materials and the complexity of the procedure. We’ll make sure you have a complete estimate before we start any work. If you have any questions about the tooth filling cost or dental bridge cost, please let us know. We want you to be comfortable with all aspects of your treatment plan.
All About the Different Types of Tooth Fillings
Tooth fillings can be made from several different materials. For front teeth, it’s usually important for the filling to match the color of the tooth. For these types of fillings, we might recommend composite fillings. To make a composite filling, we mix a special type of resin and bond it directly to the tooth. These fillings give teeth a natural appearance, but they may not last as long as other types.
Back teeth need fillings that are strong and can withstand the pressure of chewing. For these teeth, we often recommend amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made by combining several different metals. Because they’re silver in color, they’re more noticeable. However, they’re also very durable and will last a long time.
Are There Different Types of Crowns?
Just like there are different types of fillings, there also are different types of crowns for teeth. Like fillings, the type of crown used often depends on the location of the tooth. For front teeth, we often recommend ceramic (porcelain-based) or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. These crowns are the same color as your natural teeth, so they blend perfectly with your smile.
For back teeth, we might recommend a crown made from metal. Gold alloy crowns are extremely durable, but are more expensive. Base metal alloy crowns are a more affordable option. Our expert dentists will answer all your questions about the dental crown cost and which type is best for you.
Bridges: Many Different Types
Our dentists can help restore your smile with a bridge that’s custom made for you. If you have natural teeth on both sides of your missing tooth, a traditional bridge will fill that space seamlessly. If you only have an existing tooth on one side of your missing tooth, a cantilever bridge is a good option. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We can help your mouth look and feel like new.
What to Expect When You’re Getting a Tooth Crown
When you find out you need a crown, it helps to know what to expect. First, we’ll have you come in so we can take measurements and make a mold of your tooth. During this visit, we typically will prepare your tooth and install a temporary crown. Your crown will be made specifically for you at a dental lab. When it’s ready, we’ll have you come back to get the crown permanently bonded to your tooth.
How Are Tooth Bridges Installed?
Like crowns, dental bridges are custom made to perfectly fit your mouth. We’ll have you come to our office to have measurements and imprints taken for your custom bridge. Your teeth will be prepared to receive your custom bridge, and we’ll install a temporary bridge. A dental lab will custom create your bridge, and when it’s ready, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come back for the permanent bridge installation. We’ll make sure the bridge is perfectly placed and aligned to your bite. If you’re missing a tooth, don’t wait. Contact our office today to discuss your dental bridge options.