Dental Crowns and Bridges
At Premier Care Dental, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. Sometimes this may require the repair or replacement of a tooth in order to restore your smile and the function of your teeth. Dental crowns are an excellent solution to restore a damaged tooth, while a dental bridge can be utilized to restore one or multiple adjacent missing teeth. Dr. Tanner Barratt can assess your treatment needs and recommend the best procedure for you.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is actually designed to restore your entire tooth structure, which allows it to protect your natural root and keep it intact. Most crowns are made of ceramic porcelain, which can be custom shaded to match your existing teeth and blend flawlessly with your smile. Dr. Barratt may recommend a gold or silver crown for molars at the back of your mouth that sustain a lot of biting force.
Crowns are typically recommended in these situations:
- A tooth that needs to be strengthened after root canal therapy
- A tooth that is cracked, fractured, or decayed beyond what a filling can repair
- A restoration for a dental implant
- To restore a tooth with an old filling that is more than 1/2 of the tooth structure
- For cosmetic reasons – to restore a tooth that is discolored, fractured, or excessively worn
The Process of Completing a Crown
Your crown can typically be completed after two visits to Premier Care Dental. During the first visit, Dr. Barratt will prepare your tooth for the crown and create a temporary crown for you to wear during the week that your final restoration is being hand crafted at a top dental laboratory. Once your restoration is ready, you will return to Premier Care Dental to have it permanently placed.
Your new crown will function just like your natural tooth as you’ll be able to eat, chew, brush, and floss just as you were used to doing before.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge uses two crowns attached to healthy teeth as anchors for one or more prosthetic teeth that will fill in the gap left by missing teeth. The key to promoting longevity for your bridge is to consistently brush and floss the anchor teeth and have regular checkups with Dr. Barratt.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor a dental bridge, which provides even greater stability and longevity since implants protect the health of your jawbone and can potentially last for a lifetime with the right care.
Contact Premier Care Dental
If you are living with a compromised tooth, we encourage you to contact Premier Care Dental and schedule a consultation with Dr. Barratt. He will be happy to discuss your goals for your smile with you so he can make the best treatment recommendations for your needs.
Give Premier Care Dental a call today to learn more and schedule your appointment!
Dental Crown & Bridge FAQs
If you are in need of a dental crown to protect a weakened tooth, or if you require a fixed bridge to help replace a missing tooth, there’s no better place than Premier Care Dental. Our team in Grants Pass wants you to feel confident about your smile, which is why we use only the best materials when creating customized restorations. We also understand you may have many questions about the process and whether or not your prosthetic will appear natural or function like a regular tooth. To answer these questions and offer complete transparency, we’ve compiled some dental crown and bridge FAQs. If at any point you would like additional clarification or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office.
What’s the difference between a temporary and permanent crown?
A temporary crown is a restoration you will receive immediately following the process in which our team removes the decayed portions of your tooth and fills it with composite resin. It often takes several weeks before a permanent crown is ready for placement. Why? Because your impressions are sent to a lab where technicians custom create your dental crown. Once it arrives at our office, you will return to have your temporary removed and permanent dental crown put into place.
It’s important to remember that while wearing a temporary crown, you should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth to avoid the possibility of it popping off.
Is it possible to get a cavity even with a dental crown?
Yes, you can still get a cavity while wearing a dental crown. Although the crown is cemented over your weakened tooth, it is possible for bacteria and food particles to slip underneath and attack your tooth enamel. This is why it is vitally important that you continue to maintain a good oral hygiene routine of brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, flossing before bed, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash. This will eliminate bad bacteria and keep your natural teeth healthy and strong.
Will my dental bridge look natural?
Because our team works with the best dental lab, you can trust that your dental bridge will look completely natural. By fusing three or more dental crowns, all of which are matched in color, size, and shape to the rest of your smile, they will sit comfortably over your natural, healthy teeth and along your gum line, creating a beautifully restored smile that helps you to look and feel your best.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of a dental crown or dental bridge placement?
Most dental insurance companies will cover a portion or all of your dental crown or dental bridge placement. Because this is a restorative service, it is dependent upon your individual plan as to how much your insurer will agree to cover. In some cases, dental insurance may agree to cover 70-80% and others may cover only 50-70%. Each plan and company are different, so it’s recommended that you speak to a representative beforehand to determine how much your out of pocket expenses will be.