Dental Crowns and Bridges

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Sometimes people lose a tooth or two due to an accident or tooth decay. Missing teeth can leave gaps in our smile, affect our ability to chew, and if space is left empty for a long time, result in decreased bone height and affects the shape of your gum in that area. Restorative dentistry can help. The goal of restorative dentistry is to bring your beautiful smile back. Dental crowns and bridges are common restorative treatments.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown may be used to restore a broken or severely worn down tooth, or support a tooth with a large filling and not much natural coronal tooth structure left, or be used to hold parts of a cracked tooth together. A dental crown protects a weak tooth from decay or further damage.

A dental crown is a “cap” for your tooth that completely covers your tooth at and above the gum line. It is tooth-shaped and usually made of porcelain, which means it looks very much like your natural teeth.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Typically one supporting tooth on either side of the missing tooth is utilized to support the dental bridge. Essentially the tooth on either side of the missing tooth is crowned and then a “pontic’ or a fake tooth is added to replace the missing tooth.

Benefits and Drawbacks to a Dental Bridge

The great benefits of the bridge are that it will look and feel natural, it will be glued in, and will not come out. It will allow you to chew as if you never lost your tooth. When considering a dental bridge it is important to note that bridges do have a life span and typically do not last forever. It is common for a bridge to be replaced over your life. The teeth that hold in the bridge are always susceptible to all of the things that your natural teeth are such as cavities, toothaches, and gum disease. All of these conditions could cause the failure of your bridge.

Making Crowns and Bridges

The first step is to consult with Dr. Kacos since there are many variables that impact creating a long-lasting crown for you. Now utilizing the most current materials Dr. Kacos can produce a crown for your that will best suit your needs blending the best of strength and beauty. A tooth must be precisely reshaped to become ready for your crown. This is done quickly and painlessly. The entire process seldom takes more than one hour from start to finish.

Caring for Bridges and Crowns

Crowns and Bridges provide strength and beauty for your teeth but they must be cared for. Caring for crowns and bridges is just like caring for natural teeth. Remember, the teeth supporting the crown or bridge is still present so it must be brushed and flossed to prevent decay and gum disease.

How much does a dental crown cost?

A dental crown is coded as a D2740 can range as low as $601 with insurance and up to $1115 without dental insurance.

If the tooth needs build up (D2950) the additional cost could be as low as $204 with insurance and as high as $240 without. A build-up may be necessary if the tooth is badly decayed or badly broken.

If you need payment assistance for this procedure please see our dental financing options here. All treatment can be financed interest-free for 12 months using care credit. You can also finance treatment for up to 8 years with a fixed interest rate as low as 2.99% and no down payment with Proceed Finance. Most treatment is elligible for a 20% discount using our Kacos Dental Plan.

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