Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are tooth restorations that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. We use metal-free, all-ceramic (commonly referred to as porcelain) restorations. Porcelain restorations offer a wonderful combination of strength and durability, while also being highly esthetic.
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Here at Riverbend Family Dentistry, we custom-create crowns for dental needs using 3D scanning technology. Then, once the tooth is carefully scanned, the crown is designed by our local lab on a computer. After the design is complete, the permanent crown is then printed (or milled) from a block of porcelain. The resulting crown is a precision fit, very strong, and esthetic option for both cosmetic and restorative dental needs.
Cases that work best for a crown or bridge include:
- Cracked teeth
- Pitted teeth
- Heavily discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Reposition teeth or alter the bite
What are the Benefits of Crowns and Bridges Used for Restorative Dentistry?
There are a number of benefits when it comes to choosing dental crowns and bridges as a restorative or cosmetic treatment option. The advantages of crowns and bridges include:
Strength and Durability: Crowns can actually work to enhance the structure of damaged and cracked teeth. This means that when crowns are chosen as a dental treatment, the result is strong and durable teeth that can lead to resuming normal function. Plus, as they’re a relatively permanent restoration treatment, they won’t need replacing for many years – if ever at all.
Reduced Chance of Further Dental Issues: For those dealing with decay, choosing crowns or bridges as a dental treatment option means protecting your teeth from further damage. Crowns include providing porcelain covering of protection over your affected teeth. Therefore, helping to protect the teeth from further decay and damage. Therefore, saving you dental treatment costs in the future and potential pain and discomfort that comes with damage and decay.
Natural Look and Function: Dental crowns and bridges are both custom-created to fit perfectly and function normally. Plus, can be color-matched to the rest of your teeth to allow them to blend in naturally with the rest of your smile. So, if you’re looking for a dental solution that not only restores the normal function of your teeth but their look too, crowns are a great option.
Insurance Coverage: Most dental insurance plans offer coverage for dental crowns and bridges. Specifically, coverage is available when crowns and bridges are used to restore teeth as the result of damage, misshape of teeth that affect alignment, and decay (cavities). While insurance plans may not cover the entire cost of the treatment, they can help to make paying for crowns and bridges more manageable. And, allow them to be accessible to almost anyone who has dental coverage. Here at Riverbend Family Dentistry, we accept a number of dental treatment plans. Talk to us about the insurance plans we accept to find out if your crown or bridge treatment may be covered either partly or completely.
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What is the Difference Between a Crown and Bridge?
The only difference is the number of teeth restored. A crown fixes a single tooth and a bridge fixes multiple usually spanning missing tooth spaces. A crown can restore significantly affected tooth structure loss caused by damage or decay. Crowns are sometimes referred to as a “cap”, as they cap or cover a tooth for added protection. A bridge can help to replace missing teeth by creating a “bridge” between two or more missing teeth, as well as restoring the adjacent teeth.
What to Expect From Restorative Dental Treatment?
If you’re experiencing issues with a damaged or missing tooth, call our office to schedule an appointment with us so we can create a customized treatment plan for you based on your concerns.
At your initial crown or bridge appointment, the dentist will painlessly administer anesthesia. The tooth is then reshaped to allow room for the crown or bridge to fit over it. We will then take an impression of the tooth and bite using our iTero® digital scanner. This scanner not only offers an amazing amount of precision fit with your crown or bridge but also avoids the less comfortable putty impression materials. Most patients are happy with us shade matching in the office. However, because we use high-quality, local labs, you also have the option to go to the lab for custom shade matching. Your impression will be digitally sent to the lab for 3D printing and milling. At this initial crown and bridge appointment, we will create a comfortable temporary restoration for you and schedule your final appointment to simply deliver the final permanent restoration.
What Should I Expect After My Visit?
A temporary restoration is solid and capable of withstanding chewing forces. It is, however, held in place with temporary material so that it can be easily removed for placement of the permanent restoration. While you have the temporary restoration, we recommend avoiding sticky foods (such as gum) as well as carefully flossing around the tooth, so that the tooth does not come loose or dislodge. If flossing the site, do not pop the floss back out around the temporary crown. Simply pull it out the side carefully without putting lifting forces on the temporary.
It is normal to have slight sensitivity around the injection site or tooth that was worked on after the procedure; however, most patients report no or minimal pain that goes away within a few days.
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