Tooth decay and accidents affecting the mouth are among the most common reasons patients seek help from the local dentists in South Bend for fillings, crowns, bridges and other dental restorative services.

At The Dental Center of Indiana, we offer comprehensive dental services that can help you look your best, no matter how you injured or damaged your teeth. Our goal is to protect the health and integrity of your teeth for many years to come. We work with you to create a customized approach to your dental care now.

What Is a Tooth Filling?

Fillings are restorative treatments that, as their name suggests, fill holes or cavities in teeth. The process involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth and preparing the inner part of the tooth to accept the filling. Your dentist will then provide you with the filling best suited to your needs, which will prevent the decay from getting worse and protect the tooth from future problems.

What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

A tooth crown is typically used to provide an outer shell of support for teeth that may have been damaged by decay or injured in an accident. These dental appliances consist of a thin layer of durable material that encases the entire tooth and provides added help in preventing damage and sealing out bacteria that could otherwise cause further decay.

Bridges consist of a dental appliance that holds one or more artificial teeth and that is attached to adjacent teeth to hold it securely in place. Your tooth bridge will fill in gaps in your smile and will help you to look your best and to feel more confident every day.

Does Your Dental Team Offer Tooth Fillings, Crowns and Bridges?

At The Dental Center of Indiana, we work with you to provide the most effective tooth filling and tooth bridge solutions designed to suit your needs. We also offer crowns for teeth to protect them against damage that can be caused by normal chewing and biting or excessive pressure on delicate teeth.

How Much Do Fillings, Bridges and Crowns Cost?

If you are concerned about your overall tooth filling cost or other financial issues, you should know that dental fillings are surprisingly affordable and are available in a range of materials designed for just about every budget.

Your dental bridge cost can vary depending on the location of the missing teeth, the number of teeth to be replaced and the extent of the procedures needed to prepare your mouth for these appliances.

Some of our patients are concerned about dental crown cost issues. At The Dental Center of Indiana, we work with you to make sure your dental caps and crowns are as affordable as possible. Our team is committed to helping you find the right solution for your dental issue and your budget, we want you to feel confident in your dental care from our office. Call us today if you would like more information about expected costs.

What Types of Fillings Do You Offer?

Our dental team can provide you with a range of options for your fillings, which typically include tooth-colored composites, silver amalgam, gold or porcelain. This will allow you to choose the most practical solutions for your teeth and your budget. At our dental practice, we work with you at every stage of the process to make sure that your fillings are suited to your needs and work to protect your teeth against further damage.

What Are the Different Types of Crowns?

Crowns are also available in a variety of materials, including gold alloys, porcelain and metal fusions and ceramics. Our dental team will work with you to help you decide on the right options for your desired look and the durability of your dental restoration

What Are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?

Bridges consist of a framework which is attached to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth, and that holds the artificial teeth. Your bridge may be a traditional model that attaches to crowns on both sides or a cantilever bridge that attaches only on one side.

What Should I Expect from a Tooth Crown Procedure?

During the application of your crown, you will typically undergo three separate procedures that include preparation of the tooth to accept the crown, taking impressions of the tooth and application of a temporary crown, and cementing the final crown in place. Since the crown has to be fabricated in a lab, when your permanent crown has been completed, our dentists will apply it and make sure everything fits correctly.

What Happens When a Bridge Is Applied?

During your bridge procedure, our dental team will prepare your adjacent teeth to receive the new appliance. We may need to remove the broken parts of teeth or install implants if the teeth are not able to support a crown. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge to allow you to bite and chew normally while your permanent bridge is being fabricated. On a later visit, your bridge will be attached to your teeth.

At The Dental Center of Indiana, we work with each patient to determine the most practical dental solutions for their needs. Call us today to schedule your appointment and to discuss your dental care needs with us. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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