Make Your Smile Whole Again
If you’re living with damaged teeth, you may feel more reluctant to smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and smiling has both physical and mental benefits. In addition to the aesthetic problems that damaged teeth pose, cracked or missing teeth can also cause further health complications such as bone loss and diabetes.
Dr. Burneson may recommend a dental crown or dental bridge to restore your smile, oral health, and confidence.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed, or unattractive tooth to restore the look and function of your natural smile. A porcelain crown covers the tooth above the gum line. We may recommend a crown if:
- Your tooth has a crack
- You have a cavity that’s too large for a standard filling
- You’ve undergone a root canal treatment
- Your teeth are discolored or misshapen
Dr. Burneson crafts crowns with high-quality porcelain to match the appearance and strength of your natural teeth. Our Ashland practice provides various types of dental crowns, such as:
- Cast gold for durability, though not always the most aesthetic choice
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM) have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a natural look
- All-porcelain with zirconia for a strong, long-lasting ceramic crown
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Our knowledgeable team is happy to discuss the benefits of these various options with you to determine which works best for your unique needs. Some of the benefits include:
- Non-invasive procedure: The process of placing a dental crown doesn’t require surgery.
- Personalized: Dental crowns are made specifically for you to ensure the crown fits comfortably in your mouth.
- Natural-looking: We color-match your crown so they blend flawlessly into your smile.
- Quick: Placing your crown can be done in just two appointments.
- Preventive: Dental crowns can prevent the need for additional treatments and protect your smile from further decay.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
For patients missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the right solution for you. A dental bridge fills in gaps between your teeth, improving the appearance and function of your smile. It uses a pontic which is the artificial tooth in a dental bridge. We may recommend a dental bridge if you’re missing between one to two consecutive teeth or you’re not an ideal candidate for dental implants.
Supporting Crowns Versus Implants
Bridges can be secured two ways—with a dental crown or with dental implants.
Dental bridges are usually secured with dental crowns that are attached to the natural teeth at the end of each gap. To ensure a secure foundation for your prosthetic, Dr. Burneson may need to reshape the neighboring teeth so your temporary crowns fit perfectly.
They can also be secured using our durable dental implants which makes them more secure and longer-lasting. Rather than using your adjacent teeth, implant-supported bridges are secured using two or more dental implants.
Placing Your Dental Crown or Bridge
An implant-supported bridge takes longer as you will need time to heal after the implants are placed. The process can span over several months to ensure your implants embed into the jawbone properly. This includes the following steps:
- During your consultation, Dr. Burneson will review your relevant dental and medical history and take detailed x-rays of your teeth and gums to ensure your nerves and sinuses won’t be affected by the implant. As well, to ensure your jaw can support the implant.
- During your first surgical procedure, we’ll place the implants into your jaw. They serve as the roots of your teeth and within three to six months, your implant will fuse into your jawbone which not only makes them more secure but also stimulates jawbone growth. Once you’re fully healed, we’ll perform another surgical procedure to prepare you for your bridge where we’ll provide you with a healing cap to ensure your gum tissue is healing correctly.
- From there the process is similar to that of placing a crown or crown-supported bridge. We’ll take an impression of your bite, provide you with a temporary restoration, then secure it properly once your custom-made restoration is finished.
The process of placing a dental crown or a crown-supported bridge typically takes two to three visits to our Ashland office and includes the following steps:
- During your free consultation, Dr. Burneson will examine your mouth to determine which restoration option is the best treatment for you.
- Dr. Burneson will then prepare your natural tooth to receive its new crown or bridge by shaping it to make sure your restoration fits perfectly. We’ll provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort.
- If there’s insufficient tooth structure for the procedure, we may require a tooth-colored filling to support your new crown or bridge.
- After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Burneson will take digital impressions of your teeth to send to a professional dental laboratory. These impressions ensure that your restoration is crafted to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
- Before you leave the office, we’ll attach a temporary crown or bridge to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready for placement.
- Once your restoration is ready, Dr. Burneson will attach your porcelain crown or implant to your tooth with a special dental resin, which hardens when exposed to a special light. After this is complete, you’ll be ready to show off your beautiful new smile.
How to Care for Your Crown or Bridge
Dental crowns and bridges require the same oral care as natural teeth. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day to prevent plaque build-up and maintain good oral hygiene. It’s also important to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Burneson at least twice a year.
If you experience teeth grinding, Dr. Burneson recommends wearing an oral appliance like a nightguard to protect your teeth from further damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
With proper oral hygiene habits combined with regular dental visits, dental crowns can last between five and fifteen years. If your crown should sustain any damage, don’t attempt to fix it on your own. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Burneson as soon as possible by calling (541) 482-7771.
Dental bridges can last upwards of ten years or more with proper maintenance. With implant-supported bridges, the implants themselves can last a lifetime and only the bridge itself will need to be replaced.
Most dental insurances will cover at least a portion of the fees for dental crowns and bridges but this is dependent on your specific plan and whether the procedure is deemed medically necessary.
At Today’s Dentistry, we strive to make dental care as accessible as possible so we also offer our own flexible dental plan.
On the bright side, dental crowns and bridges are stain-resistant which means while they’ll never become discolored due to food and beverages, they also can’t be whitened. If you’re interested in a whiter smile, we highly recommend whitening your teeth prior to getting a dental crown or implant placed since we color-match your restoration to fit seamlessly with your smile.
Enhance Your Smile Today
If you’re unhappy with your smile, a dental crown or bridge can be the natural-looking solution you’ve been waiting for. To learn more, call our Ashland office at (541) 482-7771 or fill out our contact form below to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Burneson. He’ll explain your options in detail and help you get back on track toward a more beautiful smile.