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Missing or damaged teeth can adversely affect both your health and your self-esteem. If you have one or more teeth that are damaged or missing, then call our Fairfax office today to schedule an appointment.
We’re known in the Fairfax area for providing top-notch restorative dentistry. Whether you need a crown, a tooth filling or a bridge, we can help you to regain your oral health and your self-confidence. We can provide helpful tips and insights on good oral hygiene practices if you need those, and you’ll be able to resume eating your favorite foods after having your restorative dentistry solution installed. We provide affordable, high-quality dentistry to our Fairfax patients, so call us today for an appointment to start on your beautiful new smile.
Do I Need Tooth Fillings?
If you have cavities in one or more teeth, then yes, you may need to have a tooth filling in each. Left untreated, cavities can cause significant damage to your other teeth, your jaw and your overall good health. If you think you have a cavity or tooth decay, call our Fairfax office today to schedule an appointment. It’s a simple procedure that’s usually accomplished in one office visit and it’s often covered by insurance. Your dentist will remove the damaged area and then clean and disinfect it, the filling will be installed, and then you’ll regain the function of your tooth.
What’s Meant by a Dental Crown or a Dental Bridge?
Dental crowns and dental bridges are prosthetic devices that can be part of restorative dentistry. Both are permanently installed and require no special cleaning or maintenance; they require only the good oral hygiene practices that you use for your natural teeth. Crowns for teeth are installed onto your natural teeth using a high-bond adhesive and can only be removed by a dentist. They’re often called dental caps because they cap the entire tooth, and they’re often used when a tooth has a large cavity that isn’t suitable for a filling. A bridge is comprised of one or more pontics that are attached to abutting teeth. If there are no adjacent teeth, then the bridge can be attached to implants. If you have missing or damaged teeth, then you may need a bridge or a crown. They’re important to maintain the structural integrity of your teeth and jaw. If you need restorative dentistry in Fairfax, then call our office and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.
Do I Need a Specialist to Get Dental Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?
Most general dentists can provide bridges, crowns and fillings. Theses procedures are considered restorative dentistry and don’t usually require a specialist. Our Fairfax office is one of the best in the area for this type of dentistry, and we can help you achieve the smile that you want as well as the healthy mouth that you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your dental needs.
Will It Be Very Expensive for My Bridge, Crown or Filling?
Each restorative dental procedure is unique and the full cost will be determined by the location of the work to be done, the materials that are needed, and any insurance benefits that you may have. Restorative procedures are completely customized to the individual, so no two patients will incur the same cost. During your first appointment, we’ll provide you with an estimate of your dental bridge cost or your tooth filling cost or your dental crown cost. If you need more information or want to schedule an appointment, call our Fairfax office and we’ll be happy to help you.
Do You Offer More Than One Type of Dental Filling?
We offer several types of tooth fillings, but our most popular are tooth-colored composite, porcelain, silver amalgam, and gold. Your choice will ultimately depend on your preference and your dentist’s recommendation since not all types of fillings are appropriate for all installations. Call our Fairfax office if you have additional questions.
What Types of Dental Crowns Can I Get?
Dental crowns are available in several materials, but our most popular are ceramic, a gold alloy, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The gold alloy can be used for rear teeth, but ceramic is usually used on the front teeth. If you have more questions, call our Fairfax office and we’ll be glad to answer them.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
Not all bridges are feasible for all locations, so we offer a variety of bridges to accommodate our patients. A traditional tooth bridge uses a crown at each end that anchors the bridge to the teeth and pontics are used between those two anchoring teeth. A cantilever bridge is used when only one tooth is available for an anchor, but cantilever bridges aren’t used for the back teeth.
What’s Involved in the Tooth Crown Procedure?
There are three steps involved in the tooth crown procedure. During your first office visit, your dentist will shape the tooth that needs a crown, and then will take an impression of it. This impression will be used as a mold for making the permanent crown. We’ll provide you with a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown arrives. When we receive it, you’ll return to our office for the installation. After adjusting it for comfort and fit, we’ll secure it in place using a high-bond cement. Please allow up to an hour for each step in the procedure.
What Happens During the Tooth Bridge Procedure?
There are two steps to getting a bridge installed. During the first step, your dentist will prepare the abutting teeth and then take an impression of them. This will be used as a mold for your permanent bridge, and we’ll supply you with a temporary bridge to use in the interim. When your permanent bridge arrives, you’ll return to have it installed. We’ll first adjust it so that it’s comfortable and sits properly and then install it with a high-bond cement. If you have questions, be sure to call our office and we’ll be happy to answer them.