Fillings, Crowns, And Bridges Specialist

Academy Dental -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Academy Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Hamilton, NJ & East Orange, NJ

With experience in fillings, crowns, and bridges, Dr. Thind treats patients in Hamilton, East Orange, Robbinsville, Bordentown, Lawrenceville, Elizabeth, Trenton, and Newark, New Jersey and neighboring cities of Orange, South Orange, West Orange and Irvington, New Jersey. Whatever your specific dental need is Dr. Thind can help you maintain your dental health.

Fillings, Crowns, & Bridges Q & A

What is a Crown?

Dental crowns are dental installations that covers an entire tooth. They are usually made of ceramic or porcelain and can be used to improve a variety dental issues. Common uses for crowns are to restore decayed teeth and to cover metal amalgam fillings with natural looking materials, matching the surrounding teeth. Crowns can also be used to protect teeth weakened by root canal therapy or act as anchors for dental bridges.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is a pontic, also called a false tooth or teeth, which is installed to “bridge” a gap between teeth.  The pontic is secured between crowns installed on the teeth on either side of the gap.  Common materials for bridge and crown construction include porcelain, gold, alloys or combinations of these materials. There are three kinds of bridges. Traditional bridges have crown anchors on two sides of a gap. Cantilever bridges only have an anchor on one side. Maryland bonded bridges consist of plastic teeth and gums and are supported by a metal framework.

What is the Installation Process Like?

Installation of bridges and crowns usually takes more than one visit. Initially, your first visit consists of an examination and discussion of the best options for your specific needs. Your dentist will then take a mold of your teeth to act as a model for the development of your bridge or crown. During your next visit the teeth are cleaned, polished, and prepared for the insertion of the bridge or crown. If the installations have not been completed, a temporary cover will be put into the mouth until the final installation.

What Steps Are Involved in Filling a Tooth?

Dentists can fill a cavity with a variety of materials. The dentist will numb the tooth and the surrounding area, then remove the decayed tissue from the tooth. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, the dentist fills the hole with one of a variety of materials including: composite and silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored plastic. Silver amalgam and composite resin are the most commonly used materials. Silver amalgam consists of mercury combined with silver, zinc, tin and copper. Composite filings are rising in popularity for their aesthetics as well as their versatility. Composites can be used for other dental treatments, including the repair of chipped or broken teeth or closing the gaps between worn teeth. Composites also preferred because they chemically bond directly to the tooth structure providing additional support.

Insurance Providers

Our office accepts most major dental insurance providers. For additional questions regarding insurance, please contact our office.

Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Careington Care Platinum
Delta Dental
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey