Fix Damaged Teeth With Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns cover your entire tooth, which makes them an incredibly versatile dental restoration. They can:
- Mend a broken or cracked tooth.
- Repair a severely decayed tooth.
- Seal a tooth following a root canal procedure.
- Cover a badly stained or misshapen tooth.
- Replace a missing tooth when attached to a dental implant or used as part of a dental bridge.
If you have a problem you think can be solved with a dental crown, call us today.
Enjoy Incredible Convenience With A Same-Day Crown
We’ve invested in sophisticated CAD/CAM technology so you can get a quality dental crown in a single visit to our office. Dr. Dickson uses 3-D software to design your crown, then manufactures it using our in-office milling machine. You can relax in one of our massage chairs and watch TV or listen to music while you wait. He’ll ensure the fit is perfect. If it’s not, he can easily and quickly make any needed changes.
Compare that to the usual process where the manufacture of a crown is outsourced to an outside dental lab. You’ll wait at least several days for your restoration while wearing a temporary crown. If there are problems with fit, it will require back-and-forth communication with the lab to resolve the problem.
Am I A Candidate For A Crown Or Bridge?
Crowns can protect a decaying tooth to prevent it from breaking, hold together a cracked tooth, or repair a loose or worn-down tooth. This option can also help reinforce a tooth with considerable decay that won't hold a tooth-colored filling or dental bridge in place. Crowns may be joined to the tooth or linked to a dental implant. If these apply to you, Dr. Dickson and the My Dentist in Plano team will discuss your choices and help you pick the best dental crown for your needs and budget.
If you're missing a tooth, you would likely benefit from a bridge. With time, a missing tooth can lead to unstable teeth that move around. This can cause bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite) and gum or jawbone decay, which makes it necessary to replace several teeth. A dental bridge requires that the surrounding teeth be healthy enough to support the restoration, with good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Dickson will examine your teeth, jaw, and gums during your consultation at our Plano, TX office to help you decide on the best bridge type and material.
With Or Without Implants, A Bridge Replaces Missing Teeth
You can replace a single missing tooth with a dental crown attached to a dental implant. To replace several teeth in a row, we can attach a bridge to implants. If you’d prefer not to get implants, we can attach a fixed bridge to two dental crowns bonded to your teeth on either side of the gap. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove a bridge for cleaning.
To see what our Plano, TX dental crowns and bridges can do for your smile, call us today. You’ll find our office on Preston Road, near the Legacy Shops.
Dental Crowns And Bridges FAQ
Is getting a dental crown painful?
No, most patients don't experience discomfort during a dental crown procedure. Dr. Dickson will completely numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic before he begins. Sedation dentistry options are also available to help ensure your comfort during the entire procedure. After their dental crown is placed, some people may have mild tooth sensitivity as the tooth adjusts to the crown, but this is usually temporary and easily controlled with an OTC pain reliever.
Do dental crowns look like real teeth?
Yes, My Dentist offers dental crown options that look natural, like the CEREC same-day crown made from porcelain that is the same shade as your natural teeth.
How long can a dental crown last?
Many patients can expect a dental crown to last up to 20 years or longer, barring any damage or injury. With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups with Dr. Dickson, patients can help to extend the lifetime of their dental crown.
How many teeth can be replaced with a bridge?
Most dental bridges will replace up to four teeth. Any more than four teeth on a bridge can make it unstable. To replace more than four teeth, Dr. Dickson may recommend dental implants or a full denture. During your consultation, he will examine your teeth, talk to you about your goals, and help devise the best treatment plan for you.
How long do dental bridges typically last?
A dental bridge can last up to 15 years or longer with proper care, maintenance, and dental checkups. Over time, our teeth can shift and change, often requiring dental appliances like bridges to be adjusted to ensure a snug, comfortable fit.
Does dental insurance cover dental bridges?
Many dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of a dental bridge. During your consultation, our staff can consult with your insurance provider to determine coverage and any possible out-of-pocket costs.