Dental Crowns & Bridges
The Premier Care Dental team is here to help Medford patients maintain their healthiest, happiest smiles for a lifetime. Following tooth decay or dental damage, it’s always best to start repairing smiles as soon as possible. Our Medford dentist and team create customized restoration plans that preserve the greatest amount of healthy tooth structure while fully repairing lost tooth structure, healthy function, and flawless appearance. If you’ve experienced dental damage, call our team right away. We’ll get started immediately customizing your restorative dentistry plan. Two of the restorative treatments we use most often are dental crowns and fixed bridges. These conservative dental repair and tooth replacement options recreate a healthy, natural looking smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that fits completely over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth. This serves two purposes. First, it replaces lost tooth structure, and second, it protects remaining healthy tooth structure, preventing further damage or decay.
How are Dental Crowns Used?
Dental crowns may be used to repair damaged or decayed teeth or replace broken or lost fillings. They are also used to protect teeth following root canal therapy. All-ceramic crowns may also be used as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan. Dental crowns may also be used to replace single missing teeth when attached to dental implants or to support a fixed bridge tooth replacement prosthetic.
What are Fixed Bridges?
Fixed bridges are tooth replacement options used to restore the smile following the loss of one or a few consecutive missing teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth are fused to dental crowns, one on each side. Then, the crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the vacated socket.
How are Crowns & Bridges Placed?
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are placed in two treatment appointments. During your initial trip to the office, we’ll start by numbing the area around the tooth to be treated. Then, we removed damaged or decayed tooth structures in addition to a small amount of surface enamel all the way around the tooth. We remove this tooth structure to allow the crown or bridge to fit into your natural smile line. Once your tooth is prepared, one of our dental team members will capture tooth impressions. These reflections of your prepared teeth are used by our skilled dental lab team to create a custom restoration. Before you leave the office, we place a temporary to protect your prepared smile. When the final restoration is received from the lab, we’ll call you to schedule your second treatment appointment. This second visit is much shorter. We simply remove your temporary and replace it with your flawless, custom dental crown or fixed bridge.
How do I Care for My Dental Restoration?
You can return to brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily following the placement of your crown or bridge. However, we may want to review your oral hygiene products. By utilizing softer bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes, you limit wear to your restoration, ensuring it remains whole and functional. You may also want to use a waxed floss or water flosser to avoid pulling or snagging around the edges of your dental restoration. If you have questions or need help caring for your crown or bridge, please don’t hesitate to ask our team. We’ll be happy to help.
Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Crowns & Bridges
If one of our dentists recently recommended that you get a dental crown or bridge, you are likely to have several questions first. After all, this treatment requires one or more of your teeth to be permanently altered. There’s no need to worry. Our team will take the time to address any of your concerns during your appointment. In the meantime, it may ease your worries to read through this list of questions about dental crowns and bridges that we get asked the most often.
How Much Do Dental Crowns & Bridges Cost?
Because multiple factors are at play here, there is no specific cost of dental crowns or bridges. We’ll have to consider the details of your unique treatment plan, such as whether you’ll require any other procedures beforehand, like root canal therapy or tooth extractions. During your consultation, we can discuss your payment options to help you find a solution for paying for your restoration without breaking the bank.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Crowns & Bridges?
While every policy differs, most dental insurance plans consider crowns and bridges to be major restorative procedures. As long as they are deemed necessary for your oral health, you can expect most insurance plans to cover about 50% of the cost. We’ll gladly work with your insurance company and file claims on your behalf to help you get the most out of your plan.
If you don’t have dental insurance, we have other options. We can help you develop affordable monthly payment plans through our partnerships with financing companies CareCredit and Proceed Finance. Additionally, we have an in-house dental savings plan that gives you discounts on many of our services, including crowns, as well as free preventive care in exchange for a flat annual fee.
Can I Still Get Cavities If I Have a Dental Crown/Bridge?
Yes. Food particles and bacteria can still get trapped underneath your restoration and harm the tooth or teeth underneath it. If you have a bridge, bacteria may infect the gums underneath your replacement teeth in the middle. To keep your mouth healthy, it’s important to brush and floss daily. If you’re having trouble flossing under your dental bridge, we can recommend certain instruments that may help.
How Long Will My Crown/Bridge Last?
Even if your crown or bridge isn’t made of metal, it should still be durable enough to last for at least a decade. It may even last longer if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and visit us for routine checkups and cleanings. To prevent your restoration from becoming broken or loose, avoid chewing anything extremely hard or sticky with it.