We Are Open – Safety is Our Top Priority!
We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
Your teeth are essential to your oral health and your overall health, so if you’re missing teeth or you have teeth that are damaged, we can help you. Our Fairfax office specializes in affordable, high-quality restorative dental work. We can restore your beautiful smile as well as your self-confidence, so call us to make an appointment. With bridges, crowns for teeth, and tooth fillings, we can make your smile look new again. Once again, you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods and smile confidently. We do our best to provide high-quality restorative dental work in Fairfax, so call us today and let’s get started.
What Are Fillings Used For?
A tooth filling is used to restore the function and shape of a tooth that has deteriorated due to decay. To correct a cavity, your dentist will first remove the damaged part of your tooth, then the area will be cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the tooth filling will be installed and you’ll regain the use of your tooth. The type of filling used will depend on the location of the tooth to be filled and your personal preference. Common types of fillings include porcelain, silver amalgam, or gold, but other types are available. Since not all fillings are appropriate for all types of teeth, your dentist will recommend the best type for your needs. Call our office in Fairfax if you need more information or an appointment for a dental filling.
What’s the Purpose of Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that have been damaged or require a filling, but have a hole that’s too large for a filling to be effective. Dental crowns are commonly referred to as dental caps because they cap the surface of the tooth. They’re permanently affixed to your tooth using a high-bond adhesive that can only be removed by a dentist, so you needn’t worry that they’ll fall off. Dental bridges use pontics to replace missing teeth, and they’re anchored to adjacent teeth. If adjacent teeth aren’t available, then they can be anchored to an implant. If you have missing or damaged teeth, then it’s important that you replace or repair them. Your teeth play an important role in your body, they’re not just for aesthetics, so you need to maintain good oral health in order to have good physical health overall. If you need dental prosthetics, such as crowns or a bridge, call our Fairfax office for an appointment and we’ll help you regain your good oral health.
Do All Dentists Provide Tooth Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?
Bridges, crowns, and fillings fall under the purview of restorative dentistry and can usually be performed by a general dentist. If you need restorative dentistry in Fairfax, call our office for an appointment. Your teeth are integral to your good oral health and overall good health, so be sure to keep them properly maintained. We believe in providing the best in restorative dentistry services in Fairfax, so call us today for an appointment.
Will My Dental Crown, Filling or Tooth Bridge Be Expensive?
Your cost for restorative dentistry will be unique to you and will depend on your unique needs. Factors that will influence your final cost include the location of the appliance, the materials used to make it, and your insurance plan benefits. After an examination and consultation with one of our dentists, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate of the scope of work needed and the dental bridge cost, dental crown cost or tooth filling cost. This way, you’ll know what to expect. Call our office in Fairfax for an appointment or if you need more information.
What Types of Filling Do I Need?
The type of dental filling that you select will depend on your personal preference and your dentist’s recommendation. Not all types of fillings are suitable for all applications, but your dentist will know which is best for you. Our most popular include porcelain, tooth-colored composite, silver amalgam and gold. Call our Fairfax office if you have more questions.
Do You Offer a Choice of Tooth Crown Materials?
Dental crowns, like dental fillings, are available in several different materials. Ceramic is often preferred for front tooth restorations, while gold is often requested for back teeth. Your dentist can suggest the best type for your unique needs, so call us today to make an appointment.
Do I Have a Choice in the Type of Bridge I Get?
We endeavor to provide all of our patients with the dentistry that’s most applicable to their needs, so we offer a choice of bridges. Traditional bridges use a custom-made crown that attaches to teeth or abutments on either side and uses pontics between them. Cantilever bridges are used when there are abutting teeth on only one side, but they’re not recommended for back teeth. Call our office if you need more information on our available bridges.
What Should I Expect When Getting a Tooth Crown?
There are three steps involved in getting a crown installed. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth to receive the crown. We’ll shape the selected tooth, and then take an impression that will be used to fabricate the permanent crown. At the end of your appointment, we’ll supply you with a temporary crown to use in the interim. When your permanent crown arrives at our office, you’ll return for the installation and we’ll adjust it for fit and comfort before it’s permanently attached with a high-bond cement. Call us if you want to schedule this procedure or if you have additional questions. You should allow up to an hour for each step, although it may take less time than that
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Tooth Bridge Installed?
You’ll need at least two office visits to get a bridge installed. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the abutting teeth and then take impressions of them. This will be the basis for your permanent bridge, and we’ll provide you with a temporary bridge to wear until the permanent one arrives in our office. When that happens, you’ll return and we’ll install your permanent bridge, but we’ll adjust it for comfort and fit before we permanently cement it in place. If you have questions about any of your dental needs, please call our office and we’ll be happy to answer them.