Dental Crowns & Bridges – Jacksonville, FL
The Building Blocks of a Renewed Smile
While we aim to help patients prevent tooth trauma and decay through routine preventive measures, sometimes, problems develop despite our best efforts. In cases of serious decay or injury, a dental crown or bridge may be the best solution for restoring your smile back to its good health. Keep reading to learn more about how these treatments work, and what to expect if you need a dental crown or bridge.
Why Choose North Jacksonville Complete Dentistry for Dental Crowns & Bridges?
- Restorations specially-made for each patient
- One-visit crowns & bridges with CEREC
- Designed to look natural & last a lifetime
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is custom-made to fit securely over a decayed or broken tooth. To place a crown, the tooth is first reshaped to accommodate the restoration, which is cemented on top either in the same appointment or in a follow-up visit.
A dental crown may be recommended in the following cases:
- Broken or cracked tooth
- Weak or worn tooth
- Serious tooth decay
- To replace an old or failing cavity
- To restore a root canal
- For a single missing tooth (when supported by a dental implant)
- Significant cosmetic issues affecting the front teeth
One-Visit Crowns with CEREC Technology
The conventional method for a dental crown requires two visits to the dentist and a week or more spent waiting with a temporary restoration in between. With CEREC, your dentist can plan for, create, and place your new porcelain crown in a single visit. It works using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacturing) technology, and research shows the restorations can last just as long as crowns prepared in a separate lab. Porcelain crowns look and function just like your natural tooth -- and with the procedure completed in just one appointment, you can save sick leave and have your smile restored sooner.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that can replace one, two, or several consecutive missing teeth. With a dental crown placed on each tooth surrounding the gap, a literal bridge forms over the gap -- successfully restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. A fixed bridge is completed over the course of at least two visits to our office: one for preparation and planning, and the second for the placement of the bridge.
The benefits of a fixed dental bridge include:
- Restore form and function of the teeth
- Prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place
- Highly customizable to blend well with the surrounding natural teeth
- Offer an efficient method of replacing missing teeth
Maintenance for a Crown or Bridge
With proper care, your crown or bridge can last for decades. Maintain excellent dental hygiene and continue to visit our office as recommended for checkups and cleanings. Avoid biting into excessively hard or sticky foods with your crown or bridge. If you play contact sports, it’s a good idea to invest in a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Call Us Today!
Are you dealing with damaged or missing teeth? Don’t wait to find a solution. A high-quality, natural-looking restoration can restore your smile beautifully. We invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment for excellent restorative dentistry today.
Dental Crowns and Bridges FAQs
When it comes to repairing damaged teeth, dental crowns in North Jacksonville are often considered the gold standard. Similarly, dental bridges are an aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. At North Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we want you to be well-informed about your treatment before going through with it. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some frequently asked questions about dental crowns and bridges in the section below.
Will People Be Able to Tell I Have a Crown or Bridge?
There’s a reason why we craft our crowns and bridges from dental porcelain; it has a remarkable ability to resemble tooth enamel. Additionally, porcelain comes in a variety of shades, so there is always a restoration that can match the color of the rest of your smile. When designing your crown or bridge, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and make a note of their color. That way, no one outside of our dental team should be able to tell that your restoration isn’t your “natural” tooth!
Does It Hurt to Get a Crown or Bridge?
Before reshaping the teeth that will hold your restoration, your dentist in North Jacksonville will numb that part of your mouth with a local anesthetic. You shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure. However, it’s perfectly normal for that area to feel a little sore for a day or two afterward. Taking ibuprofen as needed should be more than enough to alleviate any discomfort.
How Much Do Crowns and Bridges Cost?
There is actually no set cost of getting a dental crown or bridge. Your cost will vary depending on numerous factors, such as how many of your teeth need to be restored, where in your mouth they are located, and your individual insurance plan. The good news is that most dental insurance policies will cover about half of the cost of restorative treatments like crowns and bridges. Of course, you shouldn’t automatically expect any coverage without consulting with a representative first. Our team would be more than happy to help you get in touch with them and fill out the needed paperwork.
How Are My Natural Teeth Affected by a Crown or Bridge?
In order to ensure there is enough room in your mouth for your restoration, we’ll have to prepare the tooth that will receive the crown or the teeth that will support the bridge. In most cases, this will involve shaving off a slim outer layer of enamel from the affected teeth. Because enamel is an inorganic material, it cannot grow back once it has been removed. For this reason, crowns and bridges are considered permanent treatments. Once one has been placed, those teeth will always need some sort of restorative protection going forward.