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If you’re missing one or more teeth or they’ve been damaged, especially if any of them are front teeth, then restorative dentistry may be able to replace them and help you regain the self-confidence that a beautiful smile gives you.
Whether you need a bridge, a crown or a tooth filling, we can help you. Your teeth are vitally important to both your good oral health and your good physical health, so maintaining them is essential. If you need restorative dentistry, then call our New Haven office and make an appointment. We’re among the best in the area for affordable, high-quality restorative dentistry so call us and let’s get started on the beautiful new you.
Are Tooth Fillings Necessary?
If one or more of your teeth have cavities, then each needs to have a tooth filling. Left untreated, cavities can erode the entire tooth and extend into the root, necessitating a root canal or the complete loss of the affected tooth. The infection can spread throughout your body and have very deleterious consequences. If you need to have one or more teeth filled, it’s a simple procedure that’s often covered by insurance. Your dentist will remove the damaged part of the tooth, clean and disinfect the area, and then place the filling. Options usually include porcelain, silver amalgam or gold, but your dentist will recommend the best type for your situation because not all types of fillings are appropriate for all types of teeth.
Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Necessary?
If you’re missing teeth or have teeth that are damaged, then yes, crowns and bridges may be necessary. For teeth that have large cavities that need to be filled or have been damaged and need to be repaired, then crowns for teeth can be the answer. Dental crowns, also sometimes referred to as dental caps, will cover the surface of the tooth and inhibit infection or decay from forming inside the tooth. Crowns are affixed to the natural tooth using a high-bond adhesive that can only be removed by a professional, so you needn’t worry about it coming loose. A bridge is comprised of one or more pontics that are attached to adjacent teeth. When no teeth are adjacent, implants can be used. Both types of dental appliances are permanent installations and require no special cleaning regimen or maintenance other than that used for your natural teeth. If you need a crown or bridge, then call our office in New Haven and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.
What Kind of Dentist Provides Tooth Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?
Bridges, fillings, and crowns are part of restorative dentistry and can be provided by most general dentists. We’re one of the best in the area for this type of dental work, so if you need restorative dental work, then call our New Haven office for an appointment. We’ll help you restore your teeth and your smile and help you regain your good oral health.
How Much Will My Dental Bridge, Dental Filling or Dental Crown Cost?
Each patient is unique, so the cost of their custom dental appliances is unique. It will be determined, in part, by the location of the work to be done, the materials used in the work and in fabricating the appliance, and any available insurance benefits. During your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive scope of work that will detail your tooth filling cost or your dental bridge cost or the cost of your dental crown. Call our New Haven office to schedule an appointment or if you need more information.
What Choices Do I Have for Dental Fillings?
Your choice for tooth fillings will depend primarily on your personal preference and your dentist’s recommendation. Not all types of fillings are appropriate for all types of teeth, but your dentist will recommend your best option. Our most popular fillings are a silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, and tooth-colored composite. For more information, call our New Haven office and we’ll be glad to answer all of your questions.
What Are My Choices for Crown Material?
Crowns are available in porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and a gold alloy, but your dentist can recommend the best type for your unique needs. Although ceramic is most often used in the front, gold is popular for rear teeth. Call our office if you have more questions or to make an appointment.
What Are My Options for a Tooth Bridge?
So that we can provide our patients with the dental appliances they need, we offer a variety of dental bridges. A traditional bridge uses a custom-fitted crown that’s attached to teeth or implants on either side and pontics are placed between them. A cantilever bridge is used when there is no anchoring tooth on one side. Unfortunately, a cantilever bridge shouldn’t be used in the back of the jaw.
What Should I Expect for Getting a Tooth Crown?
Installation of a tooth crown is a tri-fold procedure. During the first step, your dentist will shape and prep the tooth involved, and then we’ll take an impression of the tooth, which will be used to fabricate the crown. We’ll install a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready, at which time, you’ll return to our office for the installation of your permanent crown. We’ll adjust it for fit and comfort before we permanently attach it using a high-bond glue. If you have more questions about the procedure, be sure to call us. You should allow between 30 and 60 minutes for each step of the procedure.
What’s the Tooth Bridge Installation Procedure?
You’ll need at least two appointments to have a bridge installed. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the abutting teeth and take impressions of them, and they’ll be used to fabricate your permanent bridge. We’ll provide you with a temporary to wear in the interim, and when your permanent bridge arrives, you’ll return to have it installed. We’ll adjust it for comfort and proper fit and then we’ll affix it with a high-bond cement. If you have questions regarding this procedure, then call our office.