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Enjoy a Healthy, Beautiful Smile with Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges in Falls Church
Damaged or missing teeth are not merely a cosmetic concern. They can also negatively affect the overall function of your teeth and jaw, which can lead to pain and difficulty chewing. Our dentists specialize in affordable, high-quality dental restorations that can help you enjoy a more radiant smile.
When Would a Dentist Recommend a Tooth Filling?
Our dentist may recommend a tooth filling if your tooth has been damaged by mild to moderate decay. Fillings can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or broken from trauma or worn down by teeth grinding. After administering a local anesthetic, the dentist removes the damaged portion of the tooth and then fills the hole with metal, porcelain, or composite material to reinforce the structure of the tooth.
What Types Dental Fillings Do You Offer?
In addition to traditional gold and amalgam fillings, we also offer porcelain and resin-based composite fillings that can be matched to the color of your existing teeth for a more natural appearance. Your dentist will help you determine the most appropriate type of filling for your needs based on the location of the affected tooth, the extent of the decay, your insurance coverage, budget, and the look you prefer.
Does a Tooth Filling Cost a Lot of Money?
Gold, composite, and porcelain fillings are typically the most expensive. Traditional amalgam fillings are the most budget-friendly; however, they are not very aesthetically pleasing. We always recommend that patients consult with their dental insurer prior to their appointment to determine the types of materials covered under their plan.
When Would a Dentist Recommend Dental Bridges and Dental Caps?
Crowns are used to improve the appearance of severely damaged teeth or to reinforce weakened teeth, such as after a root canal. Crowns are often called caps since they cover the entire exposed surface of the tooth. Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A traditional bridge is made up of a row of artificial teeth that attaches to abutment teeth on each side. Both crowns and bridges are permanently bonded in place and can only be removed by a dentist.
Are There Different Types of Crowns for Teeth?
Just like a filling, caps can be made from gold alloy, porcelain, or ceramic. Since they can be matched to the existing teeth, porcelain crowns are often used for front teeth. A more durable gold alloy crown may be a better choice for back teeth since the molars bear the brunt of the force during chewing.
What Can I Expect When Getting a Tooth Crown?
Getting a crown involves a couple of visits to our office. During your first appointment, the dentist will prepare the affected tooth so the cap will fit properly. He or she will also make an impression of the tooth for the lab to use to customize your permanent crown. We will also provide you with a temporary crown to wear to protect the tooth until your next visit. Once we receive your permanent crown, you will return to the office to have it cemented into place. Each appointment takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
How Much Can I Expect to Pay for a Tooth Crown?
Your final dental crown cost will depend on several factors, including the type of material used, the location of the crown, as well as the percentage of the cost covered by your insurance. We will provide you with an outline of your cost and go over your payment options following your initial consultation.
Which Type of Tooth Bridge Is Best for Me?
Your dentist will help you determine the most appropriate style of bridge for your needs. For example, a traditional bridge that attaches to abutment teeth on both sides is usually best for back teeth. If you do not have healthy teeth on each side of the affected area, the dentist may recommend a cantilevered bridge that only attaches on one side.
What Can I Expect When Getting a Tooth Bridge?
The process for getting a bridge is similar to that for a crown. During the initial visit, the dentist takes the impressions that will be used to create the prosthetic and prepares the abutment teeth. This involves removing a small portion of the tooth enamel. You will also be given a temporary appliance to wear until your second appointment. During your second visit, the dentist will attach your permanent bridge and make any adjustments for fit and comfort.
Does a Dental Bridge Cost a Lot of Money?
Every bridge is unique, so the cost varies from patient to patient. We will discuss the cost of your restoration following your consultation.
How Can I Find Out More About Your Dental Restoration Services?
Make today the day that you reclaim your smile by scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled dental professionals.