Dental bridges and crowns are prosthetic devices that can be used to repair existing teeth or replace missing teeth. The experience of the team at Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can improve both the appearance and health of your teeth. We can help give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and will work to restore your bite and help keep the natural shape of your face. An artificial crown is suspended between either two natural teeth that have artificial crowns, or supported by dental implants. The crown will serve as a “cap” to place over the tooth to restore the shape, size, and function. Replacing a missing tooth is important. Over time, teeth on either side of the space can shift or tilt into the space, making restoring the area more challenging later on. Also, missing molar teeth can mean that you avoid the foods your body needs to stay healthy.
An implant-supported dental crown or bridge can also help preserve the underlying bone while also providing a permanent, stable result.
Dental crowns can be placed over badly damaged or decayed teeth to prevent further damage and preserve the remaining tooth structure. Crowns are typically used as part of root canal treatment. Dental crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of misshapen or badly discolored teeth.
What to Expect During the Procedure
If you opt for a traditional bridge, that is an artificial tooth suspended between two teeth, the crowns of the supporting teeth will be ground down to accommodate the artificial supporting crown. These teeth are usually root canaled. Impressions are then taken of the area which will be used to create molds which will then be used to make the bridge.
In the case of root canal treatment, the decayed tooth material will be cleaned out, and the tooth shaped so that a crown will fit. If a tooth is fractured but still salvageable, the tooth will be ground down to make room for the crown. Post and core may be used inside the tooth to strengthen it.
In the case of a bridge supported by dental implants, the required number of implants will be placed into the jawbone and allowed to integrate with the bone for three months. During the healing time, a mold will be taken of the space and the bridge fabricated.
Many patients are opting for a natural-looking porcelain bridge. The advantage of porcelain is that porcelain can be shaded to match the rest of your teeth.
While your bridge is being fabricated at the dental lab, a temporary crown or bridge may be placed to cover the tooth. This will be removed when your permanent crown or bridge is ready to be cemented into place.
Longevity of Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime if you follow a good dental hygiene routine. The gum tissue beneath the bridge and around the supporting teeth need to be cleaned and kept free of food detritus and plaque. Gum disease can develop below the bridge and can cause a condition called peri-implantitis which can cause an implant to fail. Also, while the porcelain and plastic materials used to make the crowns are durable, they can still break or become chipped. So it is highly recommended that you avoid chewing hard food (eg: ice cubes) or objects.
The Cost of Crowns and Bridges
The cost we quote for your dental crowns and bridge(s) will differ depending on your individual case and will be part of the overall treatment plan. The type of crown and bridge (plastic versus porcelain) you choose is another factor that affects the price. We are committed to providing high quality dental treatment at an affordable price. We will also help you with your insurance provider or recommend a feasible payment plan.
Get in touch with Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation first. Call 920-996-0123 or drop by our practice at 381 South Kools St, Appleton, WI 54914.