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If you are in need of a dental restoration in the greater Houston, TX area look no further than Dr. Jasmine Naderi and her team at Best Dental.

What is a dental restoration?

A dental restoration is any fixture that is placed into, over, or in replacement of a natural tooth to restore functional chewing and a pleasing cosmetic appearance. Dental fillings are the most common technique used to repair teeth that have been minorly damaged by decay. The most common type of dental restoration is a dental filling.

What is the purpose of a dental restoration?

The purpose of a dental restoration is to reinstate the structural integrity of a tooth or teeth that have been damaged by oral disease or injury. The development of a variety of restorative options has allowed dentists to address a wide spectrum of damage, including chips, severe fractures, even extensive tooth failure or loss. Ultimately, the right restorative care can improve the functional and aesthetic value of the smile.

Who are the best candidates for dental restorations?

A patient who has teeth that are damaged or missing, whether from disease, injury or other causes, is a candidate for restorative dentistry, which will restore overall mouth health and make teeth look aesthetically pleasing. Receiving proper treatment for damaged or missing teeth is essential in order to prevent further problems and eliminate difficulties with eating or speaking.

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What are the different types of dental restorations?

There are several restorative options available. Which ones we use depends upon the patient’s overall health and personal preference, as well as your dentist’s recommendation. Available restorative dental treatments include:

  • Dental Fillings
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Porcelain Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures
  • Crowns
  • Bridges

What are partial dentures and full dentures?

Dentures are a common tooth replacement option through which biting and chewing capabilities can be restored. Traditional dentures, both full and partial, are removable fixtures that are held in place with natural suction and, in some cases, dental adhesive.

Partial dentures replace a set number of teeth and are secured onto surrounding natural teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch, or both arches, with lifelike artificial teeth set into an acrylic or resin base.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are often discussed together but are very different from one another. Dental crowns used to be referred to as “caps.” This was a good descriptor because this type of restoration literally caps a damaged tooth. Modern dental crowns are typically carved from high-quality dental porcelain, a durable material that most closely resembles natural tooth enamel.

A dental bridge is a type of restoration that is used to bridge a gap between two natural teeth. A bridge typically includes at least one crown, usually two. The crown acts as an anchor when situated over a natural tooth. Next to or in between crowns is a pontic, or artificial tooth that sits on top of the gums.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most recent innovation in restorative dentistry. This type of restoration sits beneath the gums and acts as an artificial root. A dental implant is a tiny post made from surgical-grade titanium. One or more posts can be installed into the jawbone in a minimally-invasive oral surgery procedure. Over the course of a few months, the titanium cylinder becomes encased in bone, stabilizing it so it may hold a crown, bridge, or denture.

What are Porcelain Fillings?

Also known as Inlays and onlays, these could be described as expansive fillings. Each is used in a particular situation for which a standard filling cannot suffice. Both are made in a dental lab based on an impression of the prepared tooth. An inlay is a tooth-colored restoration that is bonded into the chewing surface of a tooth to repair damage caused by decay or injury. An onlay is a tooth-colored restoration that may extend over one or more of the cusps, or corners, of a tooth.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to restore a tooth?

This question will depend on what kind of dental restoration you are needing. Below is a chart on prices for different dental restorative treatments. We have also placed our costs to show you how you can save money at Best Dental.

Type of dental restoration Average Cost Price Range Our Prices
Dental Filling $200 $150-$400 $125
Dental Crown $1,000 $800-$1,500 $700
Dental Implant $3,500 $2,500-$5,000 $1,999
Dental Bridge $3,000 $2,500-10,000 $1,999

What is the least expensive way to fix a tooth?

This question depends on the extent of the cavity that is eating away at your tooth structure. Small cavities can be restored with tooth fillings, while larger cavities may end up needing a tooth crown. Teeth that have been completely worn down might end up needing a tooth extraction following by a replacement option either with an implant or a dental bridge. Patients who end up losing all their teeth due to infection and decay will need dentures at some point in their life.

Are there alternative options to Porcelain Veneers?

Many of our patients at Best Dental opt for composite veneers due to their price range. Because they normally start at half the cost of a traditional veneer, and the fact that they can look great and last many years, it’s our best alternative option to dental veneers. To learn more about composite veneers, click here.

Can I make payments on dental implants?

If you are looking into getting dental implants, we make the process easy and affordable for you. There are many ways that you can pay for your dental implant.

  • Third party financing that allows for no interest payments for up to 18 months (we have teamed with companies like CareCredit and Lending Club to help our patients with this option).
  • Pay as you go treatment: Because most implants take up to 4 visits to complete, we can break up your payments to help alleviate some of these expenses that are accrued for the procedure.
  • Signing up with our dental savings plan that allows you to save up to 15% off your dental implant treatment.

Does Delta Dental cover dental implants?

Most insurance companies have thousands of plans that employers and individuals can sign up for. Delta Dental insurance is no different. If you are wanting to sign up with one of their plans, make sure you ask them if the policy you are signing up for includes dental implant coverage. Some clauses to look out for also include a missing tooth clause and waiting periods on your policy. These make it very hard to get insurance companies to help cover some of the costs of your dental implant procedure.

What is a buildup after root canal therapy?

After a root canal is completed, your dentist may recommend a dental cap to prevent the tooth from breaking down in the future. Before the dental crown can be fabricated, the hole that made access for your root canal will need to filled. The filling material that is used is called a “build-up”, and its properties are similar to that of a dental filling. Build ups are commonly used for teeth that have had endodontic therapy or teeth that are wearing down.

Does drilling a tooth cavity hurt?

Absolutely not as your general dentist will numb your tooth with a local anesthetic before he or she starts removing your cavity with a drill. If you have any discomfort or pain during your treatment your dentist will provide more numbing medicine so that they can complete the procedure.

Is it necessary to do a tooth filling on a baby tooth?

It is highly advised to perform fillings on baby teeth to prevent dental infection that may come about if the caries spreads to the nerve chamber of the tooth. Larger cavities can lead to more expensive treatments like pulpotomies and tooth extractions with space maintainers. If you can prevent this with a smaller tooth filling, then it should be done for your child.

How long does a tooth crown normally last?

Most dental crowns can last up to 15 years. After this time, it will usually be recommended that you get the cap replaced. Some Gold crowns have shown to last even longer, while some other Porcelain crowns may end up needing to be replaced a lot sooner.

How long can I wait for a crown after my root canal?

It is normally recommended that you crown your tooth immediately after you have completed your root canal therapy. However, this is not always the case. The issue becomes that teeth that have had root canals tend to be prone to fracturing. Some root canal treated teeth end up fracturing within weeks while others can last for many years. To be on the safe side, always take your clinicians advice and cap the tooth as soon as you can.

Are some people more prone to getting tooth cavities?

Evidence suggests that the ease in which we develop tooth caries may be genetic. Our teeth’s ability to fight off bacterial acids plays a large part into why some people are more susceptible to caries formation. However, even if you are genetically more prone to get dental caries, proper brushing, flossing, and mouthwash techniques can help you prevent tooth caries from originating in the first place.