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If you’re missing one or more teeth or have one or more teeth that are damaged, restorative dentistry may help you regain your good oral health as well as your self-confidence. Your teeth are an important part of your body, they’re not just for aesthetics, and good oral health is integral to good physical health. Whether your teeth are damaged or missing due to trauma or due to decay, we can restore their functionality and your lifestyle. If you need restorative dentistry, or if you need information on maintaining good oral health, then call our Alexandria office and let us help you.
What’s Meant By a Tooth Filling?
A tooth filling is used to restore the shape and functionality of a tooth that has been damaged due to decay. Your dentist will remove the damaged part of the tooth, clean and disinfect the area, and then fill the hole with either amalgam, porcelain, gold or another material. Before installing the filling, your dentist will recommend the best type for your situation and preference. Certain types of fillings are better suited than others for some locations, and some are considerably more expensive. If you need one or more fillings in Alexandria, then call our office for an appointment.
What Problems Are Tooth Crowns and Bridges Used to Correct?
Bridges and crowns are permanently installed dental prosthetics that repair or replace missing or damaged teeth. Dental crowns are often called dental caps because they cap the surface of the teeth and are often used in lieu of a filling when the hole is too large for a filling. A bridge is used when one or more teeth are missing. Generally, the bridge is attached to the adjacent tooth on either side of the gap. If there are no adjacent teeth, then an implant can be used. It’s important to replace missing teeth so that you retain the structural alignment of your jaw and your other teeth. If you need caps or a bridge, call our Alexandria office for an appointment.
Do I Need a Specialist for Tooth Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges?
Fillings, crowns, and bridges are part of restorative dentistry and can usually be performed by a general dentist. We’re one of the best in the Alexandria area for restorative dentistry, so if you need fillings or crowns or a bridge, then call our office for an appointment. Your teeth are a vital component of your overall good health, so if you need treatment, call us without delay.
How Much Does a Filling, Dental Bridge or Tooth Crown Cost?
Whether you need a filling, a crown or a bridge, your cost will be unique. Each of these is a fully customized appliance that will be unique to you, so your cost will be individualized as well. Factors that will influence your dental bridge cost, your dental crown cost or your tooth filling cost include the location of the work needed, the materials used, and any insurance benefits you may have. During your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a cost estimate of the scope of work needed and the costs you’ll incur. Call our Alexandria office for more information or to make an appointment and we’ll help you.
What Types of Tooth Fillings Are Offered?
Several types of fillings are available. Our most popular are tooth-colored composite, silver amalgam, porcelain, and gold. Your dentist will recommend the best type of filling for our situation since not all types of fillings are appropriate for all teeth. Call our office in Alexandria if you need more information.
Am I Offered a Choice of Materials for Dental Crowns?
Like dental fillings, crowns are available in several materials. Although ceramic is most often used for front teeth restoration, gold is sometimes preferred for back teeth. The choice is yours and your dentist’s, so call if you want to schedule an appointment.
What Types of Dental Bridges Do You Offer?
We offer several types of bridges so that we can more effectively meet our patients’ needs. Traditional bridges use pontics between fabricated crowns to anchor teeth to adjacent teeth or implants. Cantilever bridges are used when there aren’t adjacent teeth on both sides, but they’re not recommended for the back of the jaw. If you need a tooth bridge, call our Alexandria office and we can help you.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Tooth Crown?
Getting a new dental crown is a trifold procedure. During your initial appointment, your dentist will prep the site and shape the tooth receiving the crown. We’ll then take an impression of your tooth, which will be used to fabricate your permanent crown. We’ll install a temporary crown that you’ll wear until your permanent crown is fabricated and arrives at our office. We’ll call you to set up an appointment to return and have your permanent crown cemented into place using a high-bond cement. You should allow between 30 and 60 minutes for each step of the procedure. If you need crowns for teeth in Alexandria, then call our office for an appointment.
What Happens During the Dental Bridge Procedure?
Usually, you’ll need two appointments to get a bridge installed. We’ll prep the site and the abutments during your first visit. Then, we’ll take an impression of the teeth. This will function as the mold for your bridge, and we’ll supply you with a temporary bridge to use until your permanent bridge arrives. When that happens, you’ll return to our office where we’ll install your permanent bridge and adjust if for comfort and proper fit. If you need a tooth bridge or any other type of dentistry, call our Alexandria office for an appointment.