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Are You Embarrassed by Your Smile? Our Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges in East Brunswick Can Help!
Millions of Americans live with the discomfort and embarrassment of missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. The good news is that a quality dental restoration can be more affordable than you might think. Call today to find out how our dental restoration services, such as fillings, crowns, and bridges, can help you reclaim your smile and improve your oral health.
Who Should Get a Tooth Filling?
Ignoring early signs of tooth decay can lead to pain and serious infections that can affect both your oral and overall health. A simple dental filling is an effective way to preserve the tooth and prevent complications requiring extensive and expensive medical treatment. Our dentists can repair the damaged tooth by carefully removing the decay, cleaning the affected area, and reinforcing the tooth with a durable filling material. You may also be a candidate for a filling if you have teeth that are worn or damaged by trauma or bruxism.
What Is the Most Appropriate Type of Tooth Filling for My Needs?
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a filling, including price, aesthetics, and durability. After a comprehensive dental exam to assess the nature of your dental issue, your dentist will help you select the best type of filling for your needs and budget.
How Expensive Are Dental Fillings?
The type of material you choose for your filling is a significant factor in your final tooth filling cost. Gold fillings are at the upper end of the price spectrum while amalgam fillings are on the lower end. Tooth-colored composite resin and porcelain fillings tend to fall in the middle of the price range.
What Is the Difference Between a Tooth Bridge and a Tooth Crown?
Crowns, also known as caps, are used to improve the appearance and structural integrity of a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed. Bridges, on the other hand, are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns fit over the entire visible surface of the tooth while a bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth attached to abutment teeth or implant posts embedded in the jawbone. Both crowns and bridges are permanently bonded in place, so they cannot be removed like dentures.
Do Dental Caps Come in a Variety of Materials?
The most popular types of crowns include gold alloy, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. Gold crowns are the most durable and work well on back teeth, while ceramic and porcelain are preferred for front teeth because of their natural appearance.
What Is the Procedure for Getting Crowns for Teeth?
The crown procedure is completed over the course of two visits to our office. The first visit includes making the impression that will be used to create your permanent prosthetic, prepping the affected tooth so that the crown will fit properly, and fitting you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the next visit. During your second visit, the dentist will attach the permanent crown to the tooth using a high-grade dental cement.
Will Insurance Cover Part of My Dental Crown Cost?
Dental coverage varies from plan to plan, so we recommend that you contact your insurer to clarify your plan’s benefits and limitations.
Am I a Candidate for a Tooth Bridge?
If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that looks and feels more like natural teeth than a traditional denture or partial, a bridge may be right for you. In addition to traditional bridges that attach to abutment teeth on both sides of the affected area, we offer implant-supported bridges and cantilevered bridges that can be used in situations where it is not possible to attach the bridge on both sides.
What Is the Process for Getting Dental Bridges?
The process for getting a bridge is similar to getting a crown. The process begins with the dentist making a mold of your teeth, prepping the abutment teeth, and fitting you with a temporary bridge. Once we receive your custom-made prosthetic from the lab, you will return to our office to have it put in place and adjusted for fit and comfort.
Can I Afford a Dental Bridge?
Many dental plans offer at least partial coverage for bridges and other dental restorations. We recommend that you contact your dental plan carrier before your appointment for a better understanding of your plan’s benefits and limitations. We also offer various payment options to help you manage your dental bridge cost.
How Can I Find Out More About Restoring My Smile with a Tooth Crown, Filling, or Bridge?
Our team of dental restoration experts is passionate about helping patients achieve the best smile possible. Call today for more information about our restoration services or to schedule an appointment.