The Benefits Of Dental Crowns & Bridges
- Prevents further complications – Repairing a damaged tooth with a dental crown helps prevent further problems like tooth infections. In the same way, replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge, allows you to speak and eat normally, and prevents lots of oral health issues like teeth shifting toward the empty socket, which is a common problem after tooth loss.
- Affordable treatment – Dental bridges and crowns are almost always covered by dental insurance when medically necessary. That means that they are a good choice for patients who may be on a tight budget. Bridges, in particular, tend to be cheaper than alternatives like dental implants.
- Minimally-invasive – As a conservative dentist, Dr. Ryan Schmidgall will only remove the necessary amount of enamel to place your crowns or bridges. Both procedures also don’t involve any serious oral surgery, only the removal of some of the outer layers of your teeth.
- Long-lasting results – Bridges usually last between 10-15 years, and crowns can easily last 20+ years with proper care. Investing in a crown or bridge will protect your smile and your oral health for years to come.
What Are Dental Crowns & Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are two distinct, but interrelated procedures. Let’s start with crowns. A crown is basically a false tooth with a hollow interior. It’s designed to fit over your existing tooth, and cover up the entire remaining structure, all the way down to your gums. This covers up damaged or vulnerable enamel.
Not only does this protect the tooth from further damage, but it also restores the shape, size, and appearance of your tooth. Crowns are often used to treat chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. They also are typically used to restore a tooth after root canal therapy.
Bridges are a little different. They are meant to replace one missing tooth, or a row of 2+ missing teeth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns, which are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. These “abutment teeth” hold one or more false teeth in place, suspending them and “bridging” the gap in your mouth. This is where dental bridges get their name.
Dental bridges are a good alternative to both partial dentures and dental implants. They last longer and are more comfortable than partial dentures. And while they’re not quite as strong or long-lasting as dental implants, they are typically more affordable. Unlike dental implants, bridges are usually covered by dental insurance, too.
To begin the process, Dr. Schmidgall will clean and numb your mouth. Then, he will remove any damaged or decayed enamel from the teeth that require treatment, and take impressions and images of your mouth.
This information will be sent to a dental lab, where your permanent crown or bridge will be made. Dr. Schmidgall will attach a temporary crown or bridge to protect your mouth. You’ll be sent home, and you’ll come back in 2-3 weeks when your permanent restoration arrives at our office.
Then, Dr. Schmidgall will remove your temporary restoration, and check the fit of your bridge or crown to make sure everything looks perfect. Finally, he will permanently attach your bridge or crown with powerful, durable dental cement. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new smile.
If you have a damaged tooth or you’ve lost one or more teeth, crowns or bridges in Fort Worth from Country Day Dental may be right for you. The best way to find out is to contact us for an appointment with Dr. Schmidgall. He can examine your mouth, assess your oral health, and help you decide if a dental bridge or a crown is right for your own unique needs.
Dr. Schmidgall was very thorough and explained the procedure in detail before getting to work. Thanks again, Dr. S! I'll be back for sure.
Jeremy S. (Actual Patient)