If you have one or more cavities or chipped/broken teeth, many dentists are happy to give you a lecture about your oral care. With Dr. Ravi Doctor, he’ll skip the guilt trip and just discuss how he can help you. Absolutely everyone needs a little restorative dentistry from time to time, so there is no need to feel bad about it! He’ll use the latest techniques and materials to provide you with a custom solution that looks just as good as it functions. To figure out which of the Arlington restorative dentistry treatments detailed below would be best for you, give us a call today.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that get their name from the fact that they work by literally fitting over the top of a natural tooth. Our team can use them to fix a wide variety of problems, including large cavities, teeth with extensive physical trauma, and even cosmetic issues like a tooth being an odd shape or size. Our crowns are custom-made for each patient so they both look natural and can be trusted to last for many years to come.
Also called dental caps, dental crowns are simply covers that are put over a tooth. They’re primarily used to fix broken or otherwise damaged teeth, but they can be applied cosmetically as well. Each crown is specially designed to fit perfectly in your mouth and – depending on the materials used – look completely natural next to the other teeth.
You may receive a dental crown if:
- You have a weak or cracked tooth that might break apart without a restoration.
- You have a significantly broken or severely worn-down tooth.
- You’re receiving a single dental implant and need the crown to act as a replacement tooth.
- Your tooth is misshapen, discolored, or otherwise affected by a severe cosmetic flaw.
- The process of getting a dental crown can begin once Dr. Doctor has performed an examination and confirmed that your smile could benefit from a restoration.
Types of crowns
Not all dental crowns are alike; there are many different materials that can be used depending on the needs of the tooth as well as your own preferences. We’ll make sure you know the difference between each kind of crown so that you can carefully weigh your options before making any kind of choice. At our Arlington office, you can get crowns made of ceramic, porcelain-fused to metal, and gold.
When you’re concerned with how your smile will look after you receive your restoration, you’ll most likely want to consider an all-ceramic crown. Ceramic materials are translucent, and we can adjust their color as necessary; as such, they can be used to make beautiful, natural-looking crowns that blend right in.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Like ceramic crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns can be made to look like real teeth, but since they have an underlying metal base, they tend to be more durable. They’re a good choice for replacing front and back teeth, but you should be aware that the metal will start to become more visible over time as the crown wears down.
Gold has long been used in dental restorations as it can withstand the forces of biting and chewing well. Crowns made out of this material tend to have a longer lifespan. However, because they’re not the most aesthetically pleasing options, they’re normally recommended for the molars that are kept out of sight.
For cases where a patient is missing a single tooth or up to three teeth consecutively, a dental bridge is often the ideal treatment. It involves securing prosthetic teeth within the mouth using dental crowns on either side as anchors. If a patient doesn’t have enough healthy teeth to support these crowns, bridges can also be attached to dental implants. In either case, the result is a smile that looks complete and enjoys fully restored chewing function.
A dental bridge is a restoration made of one or more artificial teeth held between a pair of crowns. It gets its name from the fact that it spans – or bridges – the space left in your mouth when a tooth is gone. They can be used to take the place of a single tooth, but they’re also offered to patients who have lost multiple teeth in a row. (The number of teeth you’ve lost determines how many artificial teeth, or pontics, are used.) Bridges are typically permanently anchored in place, meaning they’re brushed and flossed as if they were real teeth.
Types of bridges
When you’re asking for a dental bridge, it helps to already have a clear idea of what kind you want. There are two types of bridges that you may receive:
Traditional: To place a traditional bridge, natural teeth are prepared by having small amounts of enamel taken away. Said teeth are then covered by the crowns at either end of the bridge. No surgery is required, and you can receive your restoration in as little as two appointments.
Implant: Your bridge can be anchored to a pair of dental implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. Dental implants require little maintenance, but they last for decades while also acting as replacement tooth roots, thus giving your new smile additional strength and stability. This approach avoids the need to make permanent changes to still-healthy teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings are how Dr. Doctor quickly repairs minor cavities and compared to traditional silver fillings, they are a huge leap forward. Firstly, the composite resin material can be matched to any patient’s enamel to ensure the restoration doesn’t stick out in the smile. Plus, these fillings are more conservative and require less enamel to be removed during placement, which in the end, means the repaired tooth will be much stronger and more reliable.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures are a type of prosthetic that can be used to replace several missing teeth at the same time, whether they are right next to each other or spaced throughout the mouth. Today, dentures consist of high-quality ceramic teeth affixed to an acrylic base colored to look just like gum tissue. Dr. Doctor can provide removable full and partial dentures as well as those retained by dental implants, enabling a patient to chew, speak, and smile like they used to.
Types of dentures
There are a few different types of dentures:
- A full denture is designed to replace either all of the upper or all of the lower teeth. It consists of a gum-colored base that supports a row of artificial teeth, which are usually made of acrylic or porcelain. Natural suction or a denture adhesive secures a traditional full denture in place.
- A partial denture replaces multiple teeth. It can replace a few teeth in a row, or it can replace teeth at various places throughout a dental arch by fitting in around the remaining natural teeth. Small attachments keep it secure in the mouth.
- An implant-supported denture can either be a full or partial denture. Its primary characteristic is that it is anchored in the mouth via prosthetic tooth roots that have been inserted into the jawbone.
Cost of dentures
The cost of your dentures will depend largely on the type of denture you receive. Full dentures may cost more than partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures tend to cost more than their traditional counterparts. The materials used to make your dentures, as well as your insurance coverage, may also have a bearing on your financial obligation. Our team will be sure to give you a candid estimate for the cost of your treatment and help you explore resources that may make it easier for you to fit your new smile into your budget.