What Are Dental Crowns & Bridges?
Bridges and crowns are the two most popular implants for damaged or decayed teeth. On one hand, a crown goes over a tooth that has recently had a root canal to protect it from future damage. On the other hand, a dental bridge uses existing teeth that don't need repair as a support system to hold the new tooth implant over the gum.
Why Should I Get a Crown or Bridge?
When a tooth is damaged, it needs to be repaired immediately. Teeth can decay rapidly if left untreated, which can lead to your body developing a severe infection. Further, teeth problems can also make eating or drinking difficult, and you may feel self-conscious about smiling. A crown is the best option for a single tooth, while multiple damaged teeth may need a bridge.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
An anesthetic will be administered during both of these procedures to ensure that you experience minimal discomfort. Before getting a crown or bridge, the pulp will be removed and the cavity will be completely cleaned out. Then, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth and give you a temporary bridge or crown. Lastly, you will receive your permanent implant during a follow-up visit, where the dentist will firmly cement the implant into your mouth and make sure it functions just like regular teeth.
How Much Does the Procedure Cost?
The cost of your procedure will depend on the extent of the damage and the number of teeth that need to be repaired. You can expect at least $500 for a single crown and $700 for a dental bridge. However, most insurance providers will cover some of the costs of these implants. If you don't have coverage, we are happy to discuss your options including financing through CareCredit.
How Do I Care for My Crown/Bridge?
Brush your new implant just like a normal tooth, and make sure the spaces between these teeth are always free from food debris.
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