Fillings, Crowns & Bridge in Massachusetts and Connecticut
Are you looking for a dental clinic in Massachusetts and Connecticut that can provide high-quality dental services such as fillings, crowns, and bridges? Look no further than Gorgeous Smiles Dental! Our team of experienced and highly skilled dentists is dedicated to providing our patients with beautiful, healthy smiles that they can be proud of.
A smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It can leave a lasting impression on those you meet and affect your self-confidence. We understand the importance of having a beautiful, healthy smile. That’s why we offer various dental services to help you achieve the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
What is a Dental Filling?
A dental filling is a common procedure used to restore a damaged tooth due to decay, disease, or trauma. Unlike tooth bridges or crowns, fillings aim to restore the tooth’s natural shape and function, preventing further damage. If you need a dental filling in Massachusetts or Connecticut, our office can help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment and restore your tooth’s functionality.
What is the process for getting a dental crown or tooth bridge?
Getting a dental crown or tooth bridge typically involves several steps.
For a dental crown, Our dentist will first prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to fit the crown. They will then take an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab to create the crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the permanent one is made. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in place.
The process for a tooth bridge is similar but involves preparing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. These teeth will serve as anchors for the bridge. Our dentist will take impressions of the teeth and send them to a dental lab to create the bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed while the permanent one is being made. Once the permanent bridge is ready, our dentist will remove the temporary one and cement the permanent bridge in place.
Both procedures typically require two or more dental visits to complete. Following proper oral hygiene practices is important to ensure the longevity of your dental crown or tooth bridge.
What materials are dental fillings made of?
Depending on the patient’s needs and preferences, dental fillings can be made of different materials. The most common materials used for fillings include composite resin, amalgam, and gold.
Composite resin is a popular tooth-colored material because it blends in with natural teeth and is less noticeable than metal fillings. Amalgam fillings are made of a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. They are known for their durability and strength. Gold fillings are also strong and durable but are less commonly used due to their high cost and noticeable appearance.
In addition to these materials, ceramic and glass ionomer fillings are available. Ceramic fillings are similar to composite resin but are made of a harder material that is more resistant to wear and staining. Glass ionomer fillings are made of acrylic and glass materials. They are used mainly for small fillings in areas not subject to heavy pressure from biting or chewing.
We can help you determine which filling material is best for your specific needs based on factors such as the size and location of the cavity, your budget, and your personal preferences.
Are dental fillings, crowns, and bridges covered by insurance?
Dental insurance coverage varies depending on the policy and the insurance provider. Most dental insurance plans generally cover a portion of the cost of dental fillings, crowns, and bridges, but the exact amount and limitations may vary.
For example, Aetna dental insurance may cover a percentage of the cost of fillings, crowns, and bridges. Still, the amount of coverage may depend on factors such as the type of plan and the specific services needed. Delta Dental and Cigna also offer dental insurance plans that may cover fillings, crowns, and bridges to varying degrees.
It is important to check with your specific insurance provider to understand what your plan covers and what limitations may apply. Your dental provider can also help you understand the costs of different treatment options and work with you to maximize your insurance benefits.
What is the process for getting a dental filling, crown, or bridge?
The process for getting a dental filling, crown, or bridge typically involves several steps:
- Dental Exam: We will examine your teeth and determine if a filling, crown, or bridge is needed. They may take X-rays or use other diagnostic tools to evaluate the extent of damage or decay.
- Tooth Preparation: We will remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth and clean the area for fillings. The dentist will file down the tooth for crowns and bridges to make room for restoration.
- Impression: We will make an impression of the prepared tooth or teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the filling, crown, or bridge will be fabricated.
- Temporary Restoration: While waiting for the permanent restoration to be made, We may place a temporary filling, crown, or bridge to protect the tooth or teeth.
- Placement of the Restoration: Once the permanent restoration is ready, We will remove the temporary restoration and bond or cement the permanent restoration in place.
- Post-Treatment Care: We will provide instructions on how to care for your new filling, crown, or bridge, which may include avoiding hard or sticky foods and practicing good oral hygiene.
The exact process may vary depending on the specific treatment and the patient’s needs. We can provide more information on what to expect during your procedure.
What are the benefits of dental fillings, crowns, and bridges?
Dental fillings, crowns, and bridges offer several benefits, including:
- Restoring Function: Fillings, crowns, and bridges are used to restore the function of damaged or decayed teeth, allowing patients to chew and speak properly.
- Preventing Further Damage: Fillings, crowns, and bridges can help prevent further damage to teeth by providing a protective barrier that covers the damaged or decayed area.
- Improving Appearance: Dental restorations can improve the appearance of teeth, especially fillings, and crowns that can be color-matched to blend in with natural teeth.
- Long-lasting: Fillings, crowns, and bridges are durable and can last many years with proper care.
- Preserving Natural Teeth: Fillings, crowns, and bridges can help preserve natural teeth and prevent the need for more extensive dental treatments such as extractions or implants.
- Enhancing Oral Health: By restoring function and preventing further damage, dental fillings, crowns, and bridges can enhance overall oral health and prevent future dental problems.
It’s important to note that the benefits of dental fillings, crowns, and bridges may vary depending on the specific treatment and the patient’s individual needs. We can provide more information on the benefits of these dental restorations and help you determine the best treatment option for your oral health.