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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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Here at Advanced Dental Care, we do everything possible to support your goals for a healthier smile. No matter where you are with your dental health, our priority is to get your smile healthy and then take steps to keep it that way.

We encourage you to be an active part of this process, and that includes asking questions. Our goal is to ensure that you receive personalized dentistry that fits all your needs. When you ask questions, no matter how large or small, you help us understand what is important to you and how we can help.

We’ve shared below some of the questions we hear most frequently at our office. But you may have others that aren’t answered here, so please don’t hesitate to call us or reach out to us using our convenient online contact form.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are not bad for your teeth. Crowns are used to restore teeth that are badly broken down with either decay or deep cracks. In this way, a crown is actually saves teeth so they are in fact good for teeth that need them. While crowns do save teeth they do require proper maintenance and care to ensure a long term life span.

New crowns are made using all ceramic materials which are very compatible to the gum tissue. With proper care and maintenance dental crowns can last for 15-20 yrs. To ensure the long life of your crown you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. It is also important to have a professional dental cleaning twice a year and a dental examination and x-rays once each year.

Time is an enemy to dental work, and there are a lot of factors that affect the lifespan of dental restorations including the size, location, and type.

We place a lot of demand on dental restorations, and they will wear down over time. In the case of a filling, for example, stress over a period of many years can minimize its effectiveness. This can result in what we call secondary decay around the filling. Additional restoration weakens the original filling, and at some point, we may need to discuss the possibility of placing a crown to protect the tooth.

Other factors that can affect the durability of your restorations include injuries like those suffered during sports and dental problems like chronic teeth grinding (bruxism). Both contribute to the wear or damage of a dental filling and reduce its lifespan, making replacement necessary.

We recommend all of our patients come in twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. At these appointments, we check all the teeth and can often catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. If we detect other problems like bruxism, we can create a customized night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.

If it’s time for your routine checkup or you have concerns about a particular restoration, please call Advanced Dental Care!

There are several factors that can dictate how many teeth a bridge can replace. Generally, it depends on the location. For a front bridge in the front of the mouth we can typically replace up to four missing teeth. For a bridge in the back of the mouth we can usually replace up to two teeth. This is also dependent on the anchor teeth having adequate bone to support the missing teeth/tooth.

This all depends on the situation. In certain situations a bridge may make more sense. For example, if teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth have decay, need crowns, have compromised bone, or if finances are an issue than a dental bridge would most likely be the better solution. If the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are free from decay and existing restorations and there is adequate bone than a dental implant would typically be the most advisable course of treatment.

 

No. You may experience some mild discomfort after the anesthetic has worn off.  This can generally be relieved with Advil/Motrin.

You can be confident that the team at Advanced Dental Care will always recommend the most conservative treatment option for your individual needs. Dental fillings and crowns both play an essential part in protecting your smile and keeping it healthy and functional. But they are not interchangeable procedures.

In general, Dr. Young recommends a crown when more than half the tooth is compromised. This can be the result of decay, cracking, excessive wear from grinding, or dental injury.

A crown is a restoration that offers full coverage of a tooth and protects it in a way that a filling can’t. If we attempt to put a filling in a tooth that requires a crown, we put the tooth at even greater risk because a filling that is too large will cause the tooth to break. Unfortunately, when this happens, the tooth is often no longer savable and will need to be removed.

In addition to our high-quality lab-fabricated crowns, we also offer you the option of choosing state-of-the-art CEREC crowns. This technology allows us to design, fabricate, and place an all-porcelain crown in just one office visit. Using CEREC, we can streamline the usual process because we create your new crown in our office while you wait.

CEREC crowns are similar in cost to a lab-fabricated crown, and dental insurance usually covers some portion of treatment.

Please call our Winter Springs dental office to learn more about our beautiful, durable crowns.

There are different benefits and advantages to each so it really depends on what is important to you. A partial is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is cemented in permanently. While a bridge is more expensive than a partial, it functions more like natural teeth since it is cemented in place.

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a dental bridge. Mainly, how many teeth the bridge is replacing and if the anchor teeth will require any extra treatment to make them strong enough to support the missing tooth/teeth such as posts. Generally a dental bridge can range from $800 and up per tooth.

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a dental implant. For example, the underlying tooth may need a post. Generally a dental crown can range from $800 and up.

Dental crowns are a long term investment to save your tooth. The materials and technology that are used for dental crowns offer more protection and long term durability versus less expensive materials used for fillings. We strive to make crowns affordable for all of our patients. We offer a membership plan for our uninsured patients and financing for our underinsured patients.

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