Dental Crowns and Bridges
Cosmetic dentist Jason Keckley, DMD and our team at Coronado Classic Dentistry know that a damaged or missing tooth can not only be painful and inconvenient, but in some cases it may be the source of embarrassment as well. To assist patients with badly damaged, missing, or injured teeth, we offer high-quality dentistry techniques like custom porcelain crowns and bridges to help restore proper form, function, and dental health. At our practice, these restorative options are always fabricated with a focus on achieving superior aesthetics, which means your crown or bridge is color matched and designed to blend naturally with the surrounding teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns and bridges, or have questions about a specific procedure, please contact our office.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
If a tooth becomes badly decayed or damaged, but does not require extraction, fitting the healthy portion of the tooth with a porcelain crown can be a suitable solution for restoring dental health and function. This durable option provides coverage for the entire tooth and can prevent further damage from taking place. In addition to strengthening tooth structure, porcelain crowns can also look natural and may last for many years with proper care.
Dental Crowns Procedure
In a dental crown procedure, Dr. Keckley will first examine the tooth to determine if a crown is a viable solution. He may ask if the tooth has become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures or if there is any pain around the tooth. Once he decides that a porcelain crown is necessary, he will begin the process of planning the restoration by taking either molds or digital scans of the affected area. This information is then sent to a laboratory where the custom crown is created. The final crown should be very durable and closely match your surrounding teeth. On your return visit, Dr. Keckley will ensure the fit and feel of your new crown is just right before bonding it in place with dental cement. Your crown can be maintained with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. When properly cared for, your crown has the potential to last for decades.
Dental Crown FAQs
What if I am not a candidate for a dental crown?
Dr. Keckley will determine the best course of action for addressing your dental needs after performing a comprehensive examination. If he thinks a dental crown is not a viable solution, he may recommend a porcelain veneer, tooth-colored filling, or another more appropriate treatment. During your visit with Dr. Keckley he will develop a dental treatment plan custom-tailored for you.
What are the risks associated with dental crowns?
Right after a new crown is placed, it may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures; however, this sensation should subside over time. It is possible for decay or infection to develop even with a crown, so it is important to maintain good dental hygiene. If you feel pain in your tooth or your crown becomes loose, it is best to contact our office so that we can schedule an appointment to determine the cause of the problem and proceed with an appropriate treatment. Just like a real tooth, a porcelain crown can chip, crack, or break if it comes into forceful contact with a hard substance or is affected by trauma.
What’s the difference between a porcelain veneer and a porcelain crown?
Porcelain veneers are used as a cosmetic treatment, whereas porcelain dental crowns are a restorative procedure. Veneers are commonly used to conceal surface stains, cracks, and/or gaps in the teeth and possibly chipped teeth. Dental crowns, on the other hand, are used to repair decayed teeth or teeth that may have been damaged by injury or trauma. Dr. Keckley can help determine which treatment is the most beneficial for your unique needs.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be a great tooth replacement option for individuals who are missing one tooth or multiple adjacent teeth. This procedure is a viable option for individuals who may not be candidates for dental implants, but want to improve their smile and bite. If your surrounding teeth are in good condition to support crowns, Dr. Keckley may recommend a bridge to restore a full smile.
Dental Bridges Procedure
Once Dr. Keckley has determined that you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, you can schedule a date for your procedure. First, Dr. Keckley will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Each tooth adjacent to the gap is then cleaned and prepared to receive the crowns on either side of the bridge. A mold or digital scan is then be taken of the area and the information is sent to the laboratory where your custom bridge is designed and fabricated. Your new bridge is customized to blend with the surrounding teeth to create a full, beautiful smile. Once your final bridge arrives, Dr. Keckley will then adjust the bridge for a proper fit and balanced bite. Finally, he bonds the bridge to the prepared teeth using a strong dental cement.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How do I care for my dental bridge?
Caring for your dental bridge can be as simple as maintaining a regular dental hygiene routine. Brushing twice daily and flossing is imperative to keeping your teeth and dental work in good condition.
What alternatives are there for a dental bridge?
If Dr. Keckley determines you are not a candidate for this procedure, he may recommend other options like dental implants or implant dentures to restore your smile. Based on your dental needs and goals, Dr. Keckley can develop a customized treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Cost of Dental Crowns and Bridges
The cost of this procedure is largely determined on a case-by-case basis, as every patient has different dental needs. During your consultation with Dr. Keckley, he will examine your teeth and create a treatment plan specifically for you, complete with a detailed cost estimate. For each patient, his priority is to develop a plan that provides a beautiful aesthetic outcome and a healthier mouth.
Rest assured you will know the full cost of treatment, including what your insurance will help cover, before the start of the procedure. Our office also provides an assortment of financial options, some of which include payment by credit card, cash, check, health savings account (HSA), and customized payment plans. For military veterans who have been approved to receive off-base treatments, treatment with porcelain crowns and dental bridges may be covered here.
For more information regarding dental crowns or bridges, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Keckley, please call our office today.