When Is a Dental Crown Used?
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if your tooth is cracked, decayed, or weakened. A fixed crown may also be used to anchor a dental bridge, complete a dental implant, or improve the appearance of a misshapen tooth.
What’s the Average Cost of Dental Crowns?
A patient’s dental crown cost depends on many things, including the material used to make the crown and the patient’s insurance coverage.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. With a traditional fixed bridge, your bridge will be anchored to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Between those two anchors is the prosthetic tooth, called a pontic. The bridge restores your smile’s appearance and function and lasts for many years.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Bridges?
Sometimes, dental insurance providers cover part of the dental bridge cost. Traditional fixed bridges are often covered if the bridge is deemed necessary. Talk to our dentists in The Energy Corridor to find out more about costs and bridge options.
What Types of Dentures Are Available?
There are many kinds of dentures, including full permanent dentures that are removed each night. Implant-supported dentures, overdentures, and partial dentures are also appliances that help restore a smile that is missing most of its teeth.
Are Dentures Expensive?
Many patients find that the benefits of a restored smile are worth the average cost of dentures. There are also several ways to reduce your total new dentures cost, including using insurance benefits and signing up for dental savings plans.
Are Full Dentures Comfortable?
Full dentures are made of an acrylic resin that fits over your gums and are secured by adhesive or dental implants. Most patients find that it takes a couple of weeks to get used to eating and speaking with dentures.
When Are Partial Dentures Recommended?
You may be a good candidate for partial dentures if you are missing one or several teeth. Dental partials are less intrusive than full dentures, and they are an excellent choice for filling in the gaps of your smile. Both conventional and flexible partials are removable, although they use slightly different mechanisms for attaching to your existing teeth.
Do Flipper Teeth Look Like Natural Teeth?
Flipper teeth are temporary dental partials fabricated out of a retainer base and prosthetic teeth. They are lightweight and look like your natural teeth.
How Long Does It Take for Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures can often be completed in 3 to 4 weeks and a couple of dental office visits. At your first appointment, we’ll take impressions of your teeth. When you return to our office a few weeks later, we’ll remove your remaining teeth and provide your final dentures.
Are There Different Types of Dental Fillings?
There are several types of cavity filling material, including composite, amalgam, porcelain, and gold. Your dentist will review your options and discuss the pros and cons of each material for your situation.
What’s the Price of a Dental Filling?
Dental filling costs vary according to the type of filling material chosen. Most dental plans cover at least a portion of the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are very versatile, ideal for filling small and mid-sized cavities and repairing teeth that are chipped or worn down. Composite fillings can be colored to match your natural teeth, and the dentist is able to preserve more of your natural tooth when using a composite filling.
Do Onlays Hurt?
The onlay process is painless and similar to a filling or a crown procedure. Your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic, then clean out the tooth’s decay. A temporary onlay will be placed over the tooth until a lab can fabricate your final onlay.
What’s the Average Cost for Onlays?
Onlay prices are generally more affordable than crown prices and other restorations. The price is affected by the size of the onlay, the material used to make the restoration, and the location of the affected tooth.
When Are Dental Overlays Recommended?
If you have decay or damage that affects most of your tooth’s cusps, your dentist may recommend an overlay. These restorative appliances are often referred to as partial crowns because they can cover the chewing surface of the tooth as well as the damaged sides of the tooth.