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What You Need to Know About Fillings, Crowns and Bridges in Shelton
If you have teeth that are missing or damaged by decay or trauma, our affordable, high-quality dental restoration services can help you improve the appearance and function of your teeth. From basic fillings to crowns and bridges, our experienced dentists will help you find the right restoration options for your needs and budget.
How Does a Tooth Filling Work?
The purpose of a filling is to improve the shape and function of a damaged or decayed tooth. The dentist starts by removing the affected section of the tooth. The hole is then filled with porcelain, gold, or another type of filling material. This reinforces the structure of the tooth and helps to prevent further decay.
What Is the Difference Between Crowns for Teeth and Dental Bridges?
Both crowns and bridges are made from similar materials and are permanently bonded to the teeth; however, they are used for different dental issues. Crowns are often referred to as caps since they completely cover the damaged tooth. They are normally used to reinforce the structure of a tooth that has been weakened by decay, trauma or dental procedures, such as a root canal. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth known as pontics. The bridge is either permanently attached to adjacent supporting teeth or to an implant post secured into the jaw.
What Type of Dentist Should I See for a Tooth Filling, Dental Caps or a Tooth Bridge?
Regardless of the type of dental issue that you are experiencing, it is important to find a dental practice that offers a wide range of services and treatment options. Our team of dentists has extensive experience helping patients improve the appearance and health of their teeth using fillings, crowns, bridges and other restoration techniques.
How Do I Find Out My Tooth Filling Cost, My Dental Crown Cost or My Dental Bridge Cost?
The cost of fillings can vary widely from patient to patient. Factors that can affect the final cost of your filling include:
• the location of the tooth,
• the type of filling material used, and
• the specifics of your insurance coverage.
We will discuss filling cost and payment options in further detail once our dentist has assessed your dental issue.
Crowns are individually crafted, so the cost can vary based on the type of material used, the amount of work required to prepare the tooth and place the crown, and the location of the tooth. We do accept most dental insurance plans, and we offer flexible payment and financing options for qualified patients.
For a bridge, your final cost will depend on the type of bridge used, the materials used, and other factors. We will provide you with an estimate following your initial consultation.
Do You Offer Different Types of Dental Fillings?
The most popular types of fillings are silver amalgam, gold, porcelain and tooth-colored composite. Porcelain and composite fillings are the most aesthetically pleasing since they can be matched to your existing tooth color. Our dentist will help you determine the most appropriate filling for your needs, budget and aesthetic preferences.
What Types of Crowns Do You Offer?
We offer crowns made from ceramic, gold alloy and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Some crowns are more suitable to back teeth because they need to be able to withstand the force of your molars when you bite or chew. Other crowns, like ceramic, are good for front teeth as they look very natural.
What Types of Bridges Do you Offer?
We offer traditional bridges consisting of pontics to replace the missing teeth and crowns that attach to supporting teeth or implants on each side of the affected area. If there are not healthy teeth on each side of the gap, our dentist may recommend a cantilever bridge that attaches on just one side of the affected area.
What Can I Expect When Getting a Tooth Crown?
The dentist starts by shaping and preparing the affected tooth. We then make an impression of the tooth that the lab will use to fabricate your crown to the right size and shape. You will also be fitted with a temporary crown until your second visit when you return to have the permanent crown cemented into place. Each part of the process typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
What Can I Expect When Getting a Dental Bridge?
During the first visit, the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the abutment teeth and make impressions that will be used to fabricate the prosthetic. At the second appointment, the dentist will secure the bridge in place and make any necessary adjustments for fit and comfort.
Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today to find out if you are a candidate for a dental restoration. We would be delighted to help you get your good dental health back with a restorative dentistry solution.