Baystate Dental of Belchertown
131 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
When a tooth has been damaged, whether due to decay or trauma, a filling can restore the tooth to its original state. Depending on the extent of the damage, either a temporary or a permanent type of filling can be used. If you’ve damaged one or more of your teeth, it’s important to visit a dentist in Belchertown without delay.
A temporary filling is an interim measure that will restore tooth function until a permanent dental appliance such as a crown or bridge can be fabricated. Usually, temporary fillings have a lifespan of about a month.
Permanent fillings are available in a variety of materials including gold, amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain.
A dental crown is often referred to as a cap, and it’s used to restore the appearance of a tooth as well as its functionality; a crown can be installed onto a natural tooth or an implant. When installed, the crown covers the entire surface of the tooth down to the gum line. Installation consists of cementing the crown to the tooth.
Many general dentists do fillings, crowns, and bridges. If your dentist in Belchertown determines that you need work outside his or her area of expertise, then you’ll be referred to a specialist.
The cost of a tooth filling, dental caps, a dental bridge, or crowns for teeth in Belchertown can vary by individual dentist, and what type of material you select. We cannot provide an estimate without first understanding your exact situation, please call our office to schedule a dental exam and we will be able to give you an estimate.
Dentists can use different types of tooth fillings, depending on the client’s preferences and his or her unique circumstances. Amalgam fillings are the oldest and most often used type of filling. They’re comprised of a variety of metals and are the most cost effective. Your dentist will work with you to find the best type of filling for your needs, so make time to visit your dentist, so that you keep your healthy smile.
Composite fillings are usually made of acrylic resin and powdered glass and can be easily matched to the existing teeth. However, composite fillings are less durable than amalgam so they may not be appropriate for all teeth.
Porcelain fillings usually require multiple visits to the dentist and are more expensive than amalgam fillings. Porcelain however, is the most natural looking option available so it’s very popular for that reason.
Gold fillings are one of the costliest fillings available and will require more than one visit to the dentist.
Specialty fillings are available for children who need dental fillings. It’s very important for your child to receive proper dental treatment.
Dental crowns are available in four types.
Your dentist may recommend one of four types of bridges, depending on your unique needs.
Getting a tooth crown will usually require two or more visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the tooth will be examined, measured, and impressions will be taken. A temporary crown will be installed and the permanent crown will be ordered.
During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed. The permanent tooth crown will be installed and fitted for optimal comfort. Don’t delay calling your dentist if you need dental care.
The dental bridge procedure is the same as the dental crown procedure, the type of dental appliance is the only difference. You’ll need at least two visits to the dentist for a tooth bridge and you may need an additional follow-up visit to ensure that your tooth bridge is placed comfortably.