Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Tysons Corner
8100 Boone Blvd., Suite 100, Vienna, VA 22182
Are you hiding your smile because of damaged or missing teeth? If so, our knowledgeable dentists can help. We are proud to offer affordable fillings, bridges, crowns, and other dental restorations to help you improve both the appearance of your smile and your overall oral health. Call today for more information.
Fillings can be used to repair areas of mild to moderate decay or to reshape teeth that have been damaged by trauma or tooth grinding. After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, the dentist removes the diseased or damaged portion of the affected tooth and then fills the hole with a suitable material to reinforce the structural integrity of the tooth and to prevent further decay.
Modern fillings come in a variety of materials ranging from traditional amalgam to tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin. If durability is your primary concern, you may want to choose a gold or amalgam filling. If aesthetics is your primary concern, you might want to consider a porcelain or composite filling.
The main factor determining the final cost of your filling is the type of material used. Gold fillings are the most expensive, while amalgam fillings tend to be the least expensive. Porcelain and composite fillings typically fall between the two in terms of price. We do recommend that you speak with your dental insurance provider before making your final selection since some plans have limitations on the types of materials they will cover.
Caps, which are also known as crowns, cover the entire surface of a tooth and are used to repair and reinforce teeth that are weak or heavily damaged. Bridges are prosthetic appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge features a row of pontic teeth and attaches to one or more abutment teeth. In some cases, a bridge is attached to posts implanted into the jawbone. Both caps and bridges are cemented into place and can only be removed by a dentist.
Crowns are available in a variety of materials to suit different needs and budgets. We provide crowns made from gold alloy, ceramic, and porcelain. Your dentist will help you choose the right type of crown for your dental issue. For example, durable gold alloy is typically preferred for back teeth, while tooth-colored porcelain is a good choice for front teeth.
Fitting a crown is a multi-step process. During your initial visit, the dentist will prepare the affected tooth, make the impression that will be used to create your permanent crown, and fit you with a temporary crown to wear until your second appointment. Once we receive your permanent crown, you will return to our office to have it attached. Each step of the process can take up to an hour to complete.
Each patient’s dental needs are unique, so the cost of a crown restoration can vary from person to person. Following your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of your cost based on the type of crown recommended, the complexity of your dental issue, and your insurance coverage.
Your dentist will help you choose the best style of bridge for your dental issue. In addition to traditional bridges that are attached to abutment teeth on each side, we also offer cantilevered bridges that only attach on one side. A cantilevered bridge is an option for patients who do not have healthy teeth available on both sides of the affected area.
The process for getting a bridge is similar to the process for getting a crown. The dentist starts by preparing the affected teeth and making the impression that will be used to fabricate the prosthetic. During the second visit, the dentist makes any final adjustments to ensure that the bridge fits properly and then cements it into place.
The type of material used, the location of the affected area, and the coverage included in your dental plan will determine the final cost of your bridge restoration.
We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. If you are tired of living with damaged or decayed teeth, call today to find out if you are a candidate for one of our dental restoration services.