Restorative dentistry is the craft of replacing missing tooth structure either directly with composite filling material or indirectly with a porcelain crown or bridge. From repairing a small cavity to replacing multiple missing teeth with a bridge, restorative dentistry is the backbone of modern dentistry.
Do you use white fillings (dental composite) or silver fillings (dental amalgam)?
We use exclusively dental composite materials for our fillings. Dental amalgam has served dentistry well for a long time but bonded dental composite is a superior filling material both mechanically and aesthetically.
How long will my filling last?
Many factors affect the longevity of any dental work. The size and location of the filling, the magnitude of stress that the filling must withstand, the strength of a patient’s bite, and operator technique are just a few. However, it is not uncommon for small well-placed fillings to last decades. Very large fillings that comprise a significant proportion of a tooth’s functional surface may not last as long. At times a crown may be done to reinforce teeth that are structurally compromised. Generally, the question of how to restore a tooth (i.e. with filling or crown) is done on a case-by-case basis.
What is a crown?
A crown is a technique used to restore heavily broken down or heavily restored teeth. The procedure involves shaving the remaining tooth into a stump (or abutment) which is then covered completely by porcelain or zirconia. This leaves the tooth fully protected from wear and lasts many decades.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a technique used to replace missing teeth by anchoring them to existing teeth. Similarly to a crown, one tooth on either span of the missing tooth or teeth is shaved down to a stump (or abutment) which will serve as an anchor. However, instead of making just a crown, the missing teeth are attached and span the gap where the teeth were lost. A bridge can be a good option to replace missing teeth, however, there must be at least one good anchor tooth on either side of the gap in order to consider this option
How much do crowns and bridges cost?
We strive to make all of our treatment options accessible and affordable to our patients. Generally, a single unit of crown or bridgework will cost no more than $600 per tooth. Some insurance plans will cover a portion of the total cost. In certain cases we may offer month-by-month financing.