Crowns and bridges are restorative procedures typically used to help restore the aesthetic look of the smile. They are specifically designed to replace missing teeth in the smile and fix fractured teeth. Additionally, crowns and bridges help restore oral function and strength – thus giving patients a second opportunity at a beautiful and natural looking smile.
However, similar to other restorative procedures, crowns and bridges are not permanent and may eventually need a replacement due to normal wear.
Also known as caps, crowns are tooth colored prosthetics made of porcelain. Crowns are made to resemble the rest of your natural teeth which allow them to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Unlike other restorative procedures, crowns are used to help protect and strengthen tooth structure. They’re used to encase a damaged tooth with the purpose of helping restore it back to its original function, shape, and size.
In fact, crowns are very durable and may last several years with proper care. Factors that may lead to crowns include:
- Root canal therapy
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured or large fillings
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
Bridges, much like crowns, are natural looking, durable, and custom made to fit your smile. A popular choice among available restorative procedures, they’re a fixed and non-removable appliance used to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges to choose from including:
- Traditional bridge
- Cantilever bridge
- Maryland bonded bridge
Out of the three bridges, the most popular is the traditional bridge which consists of two crowns that are anchored onto existing teeth. The prosthetic tooth is therefore used to fill the missing gap and is held in place by the support of neighboring teeth.
Once our Prescott Valley dentists have evaluated your teeth and determined the state of your mouth, they’ll be able to make the right recommendations for your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental crowns last?
Here at Larson Dental, our porcelain crowns can last anywhere between five and 15 years. This all depends on your personal oral care and lifestyle habits that can affect the lifespan of your crown.
When it comes time to replace your dental crown, you can simply give our Prescott Valley office a call at (928) 772-8128. Replacing your crown can be done in a quick, easy appointment unless Dr. Larson needs to make adjustments to the size, shape, or color of your crown.
Can I whiten my dental crown?
If you receive a dental crown to cover and protect a tooth, you will not be able to whiten the actual restoration. Each crown is individually designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural tooth so the porcelain material can’t be changed.
Instead, we can suggest a teeth whitening treatment for the rest of your smile if you notice discoloration. That way your teeth can match the color of your porcelain crown with one convenient treatment.
How long does a dental bridge last?
A dental bridge should last five to 15 years, but this will depend on the amount of care and hygiene you provide.
You always want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between teeth and below your bridge, rinse with fluoride mouthwash regularly, and come in for your biannual professional cleanings.
These steps can help ensure your bridge lasts as long as possible.
Are crowns & bridges covered by insurance?
Typically, many insurance providers will cover a portion of your dental crowns or bridges, but not always the entire cost. If you’re receiving a crown or bridge for medical purposes such as a cracked or weak tooth, insurance will likely cover it.
If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover the entire cost of treatment, we offer different financing options to help you pay. Give our team a call to learn more about this.
Get Scheduled for Your Consultation Today
If you’re ready to restore your tooth damaged by a crack or chip with a dental crown or need to replace your missing teeth with a dental bridge, then our team at Larson Dental is here for you. The first step to a healthy, beautiful smile is scheduling a consultation with our Prescott Valley doctors. Once we get your appointment booked, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs.