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Improve Your Oral Health with Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges in Bloomington
Just because you have a tooth that has been damaged by injury or decay, it does not mean that it is lost for good. In many cases, the tooth can be saved using dental restoration. Our experienced Bloomington dentists offer fillings, crowns, bridges, and other restoration options that will help you regain a beautiful smile and your oral health. Call today to schedule a consultation.
Is Getting a Tooth Filling Right for Me?
If your tooth has mild to moderate decay, a simple filling may be right for you. The process involves the dentist removing the decayed portion of the tooth, cleaning out any debris or infection, and filling the cavity with a dental-grade material, such as gold or porcelain. The restored tooth is not only healthy, but it is also virtually as strong as a natural tooth.
What Kinds of Dental Fillings Do You Offer?
In addition to traditional silver amalgam, we offer fillings made from gold, tooth-colored porcelain, or a composite material that blends in with your natural teeth. Our dentist will help you choose the best filling material for your dental issue and budget.
How Much Does a Tooth Filling Cost at Your Office?
We offer fillings at a range of price points. We will provide you with an estimate of your cost once you and your dentist decide on the type of filling that will be used. The specifics of your insurance plan will also factor into your cost. Call today to find out more about the dental insurance plans we accept.
When Are Dental Bridges Used?
Our dentist may recommend a bridge restoration if you have one or more missing teeth. This prosthetic device features a row of artificial teeth and is permanently attached to a supporting implant or adjacent teeth.
Which Type of Tooth Bridge Is Right for Me?
Generally, we use a traditional bridge that features a crown that fits over an implant or supporting teeth on both sides of the pontic or artificial teeth. When it is not possible to have implants or supporting teeth on each side of your bridge, we may use a cantilever bridge that only has support on one side. With a cantilever bridge, the supporting teeth are subjected to more force than with a traditional bridge, so these are not recommended for back teeth. Our dentist will customize your bridge to your specific dental needs.
How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost at Your Office?
Every bridge is unique, so the cost will vary from person to person based on the type of materials used and the location of the affected teeth. We accept a number of popular dental insurance plans and offer convenient financing options to help patients manage the cost of their dental care.
When Are Dental Caps Used?
Caps are normally used when the underlying tooth is structurally unsound or too damaged to be restored using a filling. Unlike a filling that fills a hole in the tooth, a crown covers the entire surface of the tooth down to the gum and reinforces the structural integrity of the tooth.
Which Type of Tooth Crown Is Right for Me?
Crowns can be made from different materials, including porcelain fused to metal, porcelain, and gold alloy. Ceramic is a good option for restoring front teeth, while gold tends to be better for back teeth. Our dentist will help you choose a crown option that works for your needs and within your budget.
How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost at Your Office?
Since a crown is fabricated to your exact needs, the cost will be based on the type of material used, as well as where the tooth is located. We will provide you with an estimate of your cost and go over your payment options following your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect When Getting Crowns for Teeth?
To ensure that the crown fits properly, an impression of your teeth will be made and the dentist will prep the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown while the permanent cap is being made. At your second appointment, the dentist will affix the permanent crown with dental cement. Each part of the procedure typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
What Should I Expect When Getting a Tooth Bridge?
The dentist will start by taking an impression of your teeth and removing a small amount of enamel from the adjacent teeth. You also will receive a temporary bridge to wear while you wait for the permanent one. At the next visit, your dentist will attach and adjust the permanent bridge.
Where Can I Learn More About Getting a Tooth Filling, Bridge, or Tooth Crown?
Call us today to set up a consultation with one of our experienced dental professionals.