At Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we provide personalized dental plans for our patients with a focus on preventive care. That means we partner with patients to keep their smiles whole and healthy for life. When dental damage or decay can’t be avoided, we always use the most conservative treatments in order to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. If you have a tooth or teeth that have damage or decay too extensive for repair with the most conservative tooth-colored fillings, a dental crown may be your best option. Dental crowns and crown supported bridges are two of the most commonly used restorations options. They allow us to maximize the strength of existing, healthy tooth structures in order to repair damaged smiles. If you need our help repairing dental damage, don’t wait for your next checkup. Give us a call our team right away. We’ll schedule an appointment to start repairing your smile as soon as possible.
A dental crown is a restoration solution that fits completely over the top of a damaged tooth to replace lost structure following decay or damage.
Our experienced dentists will recommend a dental crown when patients experience tooth decay or dental damage too advanced to be treated with more conservative options. Some of the situations where a dental crown may be recommended include:
Fixed bridges are restorations crafted to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The prosthetic is created by fusing two dental crowns, one on each side, to a replacement tooth or teeth. Then, the entire fixed bridge is cemented into place by attaching the dental crowns to teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
Both dental crowns and bridges are placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare teeth by removing any damaged tissue. We will also need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel all the way around the tooth. This allows the dental crown to fit seamlessly into the natural smile line. Once teeth are prepared, impressions of the smile are captured. These impressions are used by dental labs to create your custom crown or bridge. To protect the prepared teeth while our lab crafts your final restoration, a temporary is placed. When we receive your final restoration, you’ll return to our office for your second visit. We remove the temporary and replace it with a custom dental crown or bridge.
Following dental restorations, you will be able to resume your daily brushing and flossing routine. However, we may recommend that you change to a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. We may also encourage you to use waxed floss, specialized flossing tools, or water flossers to ensure you can clean around your crown or bridge without pulling on the prosthetic. You will also need to visit our Jacksonville dental office at least twice each year for checkups and teeth cleanings. We’ll evaluate your restorations during these appointments, checking for signs of wear or damage. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, be sure to wear a nightguard as directed to avoid wearing down your crown or bridge. You should also use sportsguards as directed to protect your smile during athletic competition and practice.
Are you ready to regain a beautiful, functional, and complete smile? Dental crowns and bridges in Jacksonville are an excellent way to protect damaged teeth or replace several consecutive missing ones. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some common questions about both of these restorations below. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
To make sure your new dental crown or bridge has enough space to fit snugly on top of your tooth or teeth, we’ll need to remove some enamel. While this may sound daunting at first, you can rest assured that your Jacksonville dentist will apply a reliable local anesthetic to the area first so you won’t feel a thing during this step. Once your dental crown or bridge is placed, it’s natural to experience some slight tooth sensitivity. Thankfully, any discomfort you may feel should be minimal, easily managed, and short-lived.
Dental crowns encapsulate the entire visible portion of a tooth to protect it from damage and decay. While the crown itself isn’t susceptible to cavity-causing plaque and bacteria, the tooth underneath certainly is. Without proper oral hygiene, these particles can build up around the base of the crown and slip under the edge, which can lead to decay or infection. That’s why it’s essential that you continue to practice great dental habits once your restoration has been placed. Remember to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss with high quality, waxed dental floss daily, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
While your new restoration will be held in place by an incredibly strong and safe dental cement, there is a remote possibility that your crown or bridge may fall off. Typically, this is the result of bad habits like:
The lifespan of your dental crown or bridge will depend heavily on how well you take care of it. Typically, these restorations can last anywhere between five and 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, if you practice great oral hygiene and healthy habits, they may last you even longer!
Dental crowns and bridges can also be a permanent solution to tooth loss when paired with a dental implant. An implant-supported dental crown can replace a single missing tooth while an implant-retained bridge can replace several missing teeth at once. Instead of fitting these restorations over your remaining teeth, they’re attached to the top of a small implant post that has been surgically placed in your jaw. This tooth replacement option has a range of benefits, one of which is its potential to last a lifetime!
Ready to regain your happy, healthy smile? Give us a call today and schedule a consultation to see if your smile can be improved by a dental crown or bridge.