At Canyon Creek Family Dentistry, we partner with our Richardson dental patients to keep their smiles whole and healthy with regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Unfortunately, even the best preventive dental routine may not be enough to avoid every case of dental damage. When tooth decay or dental damage does occur, our team is here to help with a variety of conservative restoration options that fully repair your damaged smile while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. Two of the most often used restorative dentistry services are dental crowns and fixed bridges. These restorations allow us to return lost tooth structure and replace missing teeth, giving patients back their beautiful smiles. If you want to learn more about dental restoration options or any of our dentistry services, please don’t hesitate to call our Richardson dentistry team. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral health and hygiene needs.
Dental crowns are restorations that fit over the top of a damaged tooth. These restorations are used to repair severely damaged teeth to their full form and function while protecting remaining healthy tooth structure from damage. Dental crowns can be crafted from a number of materials each with its own benefits and disadvantages. Gold dental crowns offer superior durability, making them ideal for back teeth, but since they do not resemble natural tooth structure, they may not be a good option for front teeth. Porcelain fused with metal crowns look more natural and have the added strength of metal, but they will need to be replaced more often as the porcelain layer is worn down. All ceramic crowns retain a completely natural look throughout the lifetime of the restoration, and with superior materials and milling methods available today, they are a long lasting solution that works well for many patients.
Dental bridges are tooth replacement prosthetics used to replace one or a few consecutive missing teeth. They work by attaching dental crowns to two surrounding healthy teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth are then fused to the dental crowns, recreating flawless smiles and healthy function.
Both dental crowns and fixed bridges offer long lasting, natural functioning results. Dental crowns and bridges are placed over the course of two dental appointments. We begin by preparing the tooth or teeth. Then, impressions are captured that will be used by a trusted dental lab team to hand craft your custom, quality crown or bridge. Finally, we place a temporary to protect your smile. When we receive the final restoration from our lab, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for a custom dental crown or bridge. Once in place, your restoration will fully restore the health and function of your smile, preventing additional oral health concerns, uneven dental wear, and strain on the jaw joints that can lead to TMJ dysfunction.
The cost of a single dental crown is typically between $500 and $3000, depending on the material used. The price of a fixed bridge can be multiplied from there, depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Additional costs may be associated to prepare the tooth, especially if you choose to use dental sedation during treatment. Before we begin any treatment plan, we will take the time to walk you through all of the costs associated with these services in order to ensure you can plan for the price of your dental crown or bridge. We will also work to maximize any dental insurance coverage to offset the out of pocket costs associated with your treatment.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, bridges and dental crowns in Richardson are an excellent solution to rehabilitate your smile. Although they are the most common dental restorations, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to a treatment. Dr. Azmoodeh will take the time to explain the process during your initial consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to the top questions he’s asked about crowns and bridges to help ease any apprehensions.
Dental restorations have evolved quite a bit over the years. Instead of being made of metal, modern crowns and bridges are made of all-ceramic material. Porcelain closely mimics your enamel, so the light will reflect off it to create a natural appearance. Our office uses advanced software and technology to ensure your restoration meets your exact specifications to match your real teeth. You can rest assured, no one will know your crown or bridge isn’t natural, so you can chew, speak, and smile confidently.
Although your restoration won’t be made of metal, they are equally durable. In fact, it can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare. You can promote how long your crown or bridge lasts by following a few simple tips:
Typically, you can expect it to take 2 appointments to receive a crown or bridge. During your first visit, your tooth is prepared and your dentist in Richardson takes the necessary impressions to create your restoration. We’ll provide you with a temporary restoration because it can take the dental lab a couple of weeks to carefully craft your crown or bridge. After it has been sent back to our office, you’ll return to have it bonded in place. To ensure your restoration lasts, it’s best to see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
As an alternative to a fixed bridge, many patients are choosing dental implants. An implant-retained bridge can replace 2 or more consecutive missing teeth. An implant post is placed at either end to support it, so you don’t need to permanently alter any healthy teeth. In addition, the dental implants act as new tooth roots, providing various advantages that aren’t possible using a traditional bridge. Dr. Azmoodeh will answer your questions and explain if you’re a candidate for an implant-retained bridge during your consultation.