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Fillings, Crowns, & Bridges: Know the Difference

Restorative dentistry, which is performed at Kiefer Family Dental, is the term dental professionals use when dealing with replacing missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns, and bridges are common restorative options. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.

The benefits of restorative dentistry at Kiefer Family Dental includes filling empty spaces in the mouth to keep teeth properly aligned, replacing teeth to make it easier to maintain good oral care habits to aid in the prevention of plaque build-up and the problems plaque can lead to. Take a look at the three most common restorative options:



The most common way to treat a cavity is for the dentist to remove the decay and fill the tooth with one of several different materials. These filling materials include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper), tooth-colored plastic or composite resin.



A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. It is used to strengthen and protect your tooth structure. The dentist prepares the tooth, takes an impression and the crown is made in a lab by a specialist.



A dental bridge “bridges” the gap where there are missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on each end as an anchor with an artificial tooth or teeth connecting the crowns and filling the space. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place. Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.


We at Kiefer Family Dental hope that the information about restorative dentistry was helpful. The office of Kiefer Family Dental provides the best in modern dentistry for individuals and families including solving all dental issues you may encounter.

Our highly-qualified dentists and gentle hygienists work hard to combine knowledge and skill with the latest in technology to give our patients the best possible dental outcomes. With services ranging from periodontal therapy, oral surgery. dental implants, dentures and even being set up for Invisalign clear braces, Kiefer Family Dental is your Evansville, Indiana A+ dental choice. Call (812) 424-9506 or use the website to book an appointment online.

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