Baystate Dental of Sturbridge
110 Charlton Road, Suite 25, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Whether you’ve undergone a root canal or have damaged a tooth due to decay or injury, your dentist will likely recommend restorative treatment. Restorative options include dental fillings, crowns, and bridges. Each of these appliances allows you to regain normal tooth function while helping you restore the look of your smile.
If a portion of your tooth has been damaged due to dental decay, a filling can help prevent further damage. Dentists create fillings using several materials, including composite resin, porcelain, and gold. To fill a tooth, the dentist cleans the decay from the affected area and then fills the hole with the selected material.
Bridges and crowns are both bonded to the teeth using a strong adhesive, making them removable only by an experienced dentist. Crowns serve as dental caps for damaged teeth, preventing them from further decay. Bridges are recommended when one or several teeth are missing. These devices consist of a row of pontic teeth supported by crowns on each side. The crowns are placed over existing healthy teeth or dental implants.
General dentists typically provide fillings, crowns, and bridges. If you believe a bridge, crown, or filling is necessary, call our office for a consultation. Our dentists will assess your smile and determine if a restorative option is right for you.
The cost of restorative treatment varies from patient to patient. Our dentists determine the cost of a filling, crown, or bridge by factoring in the type of appliance selected, the number of follow-up visits needed, and whether the patient has insurance. Please contact our office for more information about pricing.
Fillings are created using multiple materials, several of which are designed to blend with your natural teeth. Some of the most common types of fillings include glass, porcelain, composite resin, or gold. During your consultation, one of our dentists will help you decide which option is best for you. You’ll also have the chance to ask any questions you have about the tooth filling cost.
Much like fillings, tooth crowns are available in multiple styles. If you require a front tooth crown, ceramic can be used to create a natural-looking prosthetic. Gold or porcelain can be used as back crowns due to their durability and strong bond to the tooth. To learn more about the types of crowns or the dental crown cost, give our practice a call.
Two major types of bridges are available: traditional and cantilever. With a traditional bridge, a row of pontic teeth is supported by a set of crowns, which are placed over adjacent teeth or dental implants. If you do not have healthy teeth on one side of the affected area, the dentist may recommend a cantilever tooth bridge. With this type of bridge, a pontic is added outside the abutment teeth.
Receiving a new crown usually involves several steps. During an initial visit, the dentist will assess your smile and re-shape the affected tooth. This allows the tooth to better accommodate the new crown. Impressions are also taken of the tooth, which are sent to the lab that will create the crown. A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth while the new crown is fabricated. This process takes about two weeks. At a second visit, the dentist will place and adjust the final crown.
When a bridge is necessary, the first step is preparing the supporting (abutment) teeth. The dentist will re-shape the teeth so that they can support dental crowns. Then, impressions and measurements are taken of the teeth to ensure the new appliance fits properly. You’ll receive a temporary bridge to wear while the permanent prosthetic is created. Once the final bridge arrives from the lab, you’ll return to our practice for a fitting and adjustment.