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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.
If you’re missing one or more teeth or if you have one or more damaged teeth, then our high-quality, affordable restorative dentistry may help you regain both your self-confident smile and your good oral health.
Your teeth are essential to your overall good health, so if your teeth aren’t healthy, then your overall health can suffer. A bridge, crown or tooth filling can help you regain the functionality of your teeth and the self-confidence that’s the result of a beautiful smile. If you need help establishing a regimen of good oral hygiene, we can help with that too. If you’d like to be able to eat your favorite foods again and smile with self-confidence, then call our Fredericksburg office today to schedule an appointment. Don’t procrastinate, call us today and let’s get started.
What’s the Purpose of a Tooth Filling?
When you have one or more cavities, then you’ll likely need a filling to repair the decay in the tooth. Left untreated, a cavity can progress deeper into the tooth, eventually destroying the tooth, and it may spread to the roots and the surrounding teeth and gums. It can also adversely impact your overall health. If you have one or more cavities, then you need to have them fixed, and the longer you wait, the more extensive and expensive the repair will be. Fillings are routine procedures that are usually completed in one office visit and are often covered by insurance. Your dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth, clean and disinfect the area, and then place the filling, which can be either silver amalgam, gold or porcelain, although other types are available. Since not all types of fillings are suitable for all types of teeth, your dentist will recommend the best type for your situation. If you need one or more fillings, then call our Fredericksburg office and schedule an appointment. Remember, the longer you delay seeking treatment, the more extensive the repair, so call us today.
Why Would a Dentist Install a Dental Crown or Bridge?
If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth, then your dentist may recommend a crown or a bridge. Both are facets of restorative dentistry and they restore the aesthetics and function of your teeth and help to preserve the structural integrity of your jaw. Dental crowns, also called dental caps, are used to repair teeth that have large cavities or damage that can’t be otherwise repaired. The crown is affixed to the tooth using a high-bond adhesive that can only be removed by a dentist. A bridge contains one or more pontics that are secured to the teeth on either side. If no teeth are on either side, then implants can be used. If you’re missing one or more teeth or if you have one or more decayed or damaged teeth, then call our office in Fredericksburg to schedule an appointment. Your good oral health includes healthy teeth, so let us help you regain your beautiful smile and your good oral health.
Do All Dentists Provide Crowns, Bridges and Fillings?
Most general dentists can provide dental bridges, crowns for teeth and tooth fillings, which are considered restorative dentistry. Our Fredericksburg office is known in the area for providing this type of dental work. If you need bridges, crowns or fillings then call us today for an appointment.
How Much Will It Cost to Get a Filling, a Tooth Crown or a Dental Bridge?
Each patient’s cost for restorative dentistry is unique to them and is influenced by the location and amount of the work that’s needed, the materials used, and any available insurance benefits. We’ll provide you with an estimate of your tooth filling cost or dental bridge cost or dental crown cost so that you won’t have any surprises, and we can work with you on financing. If you need restorative dentistry, then call us today and make an appointment at our Fredericksburg office.
Do You Offer a Choice of Tooth Fillings?
We have several styles of tooth fillings available including gold, silver amalgam, tooth-colored composite and porcelain. However, your choice will depend on your dentist’s recommendation and your personal preference, since not all types of fillings will work in all applications. Call us today if you have more questions or to schedule an appointment in Fredericksburg.
What Are My Choices for Dental Crowns?
Like dental fillings, crowns are available in several materials, such as porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold alloy and ceramic. A gold alloy is often used in the back while ceramic is most often used for front teeth. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is also an option. Call our Fredericksburg office if you have more questions or want to schedule an appointment.
Is There More Than One Type of Tooth Bridge?
Several types of bridges are available and each has unique characteristics. A traditional bridge uses two teeth as abutments and places pontics between them. A cantilever bridge is used when there’s an anchor tooth on only one end, and this type isn’t recommended for teeth in the back of the jaw. If you have any questions, we’ll be glad to answer them, so give us a call.
What’s the Procedure for Having a Crown Installed?
Getting a tooth crown involves three steps and two office visits. During your first appointment, your dentist will shape the tooth to be crowned and then take an impression of it. The impression will be used to fabricate the permanent crown. When it arrives in our office, you’ll return for the permanent installation. We’ll provide you with a temporary crown to use in the interim. Each step requires up to an hour to complete.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Tooth Bridge?
You’ll need two office visits to get a bridge installed. During the first one, your dentist will prepare the two abutment teeth and then take impressions of them, which will serve as a pattern for your permanent bridge. We’ll provide you with a temporary bridge to wear while the permanent one is being fabricated. When we receive it, you’ll return to our office, we’ll adjust the bridge for fit and comfort, and then we’ll permanently install it using a high-bond cement. If you have any questions, be sure to call us and we’ll be happy to answer them.