If you need restorative care treatment, you may end up getting a dental crown or bridge. We make sure your experience is comfortable, thanks to the help of our experienced team, up-to-date technology, and even sedation options to ease your nerves. However, we understand you may have questions about dental crowns and bridges. So we’ve put together a few questions and answers to address your concerns:
“Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?”
A dental crown will go over your tooth and protect it from further damage. It’s often useful to restore cracked, damaged, or broken teeth so you can get your bite back. It’s also used in a situation where you have too large of a cavity for a filling to fix. In that case, we’d use a crown to repair your tooth after removing the infected portion.
“Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?”
If you have missing or severely decayed or damaged teeth, you can replace several teeth in a row with a dental bridge. A bridge is anchored between two of your teeth, or you can even opt to have an implant-supported bridge. This means that your bridge will attach to these synthetic tooth roots so it offers you the proper support like your natural teeth.
“How Long Do Crowns or Bridges Last?”
Your dental crown or bridge should last at least 5 to 7 years, if not longer. It depends in part on your oral care routine and how well you take care of your teeth. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy these restorations for 10 or more years actually. For example, you’ll want to take care with biting down on any hard, chewy, or sticky foods.
“Will My Crown or Bridge Be Noticeable?”
Whether you get a dental crown or bridge, neither one will be noticeable or visible to the naked eye. We make sure it completely blends in with the rest of your smile. When it comes to how it feels in your mouth, your crown or bridge will feel just like your natural teeth. You’ll be able to bite down and chew just like normal.
“Will My Insurance Cover My Crown or Bridge Procedure?”
Your insurance should cover at least a part of the costs of a dental crown or bridge procedure. It all depends on your insurance plan, of course. You may want to check with your insurance carrier directly to understand how much is covered. If necessary, you may want to consider CareCredit as a third-party financing option to cover any additional costs.