Two of the most often used dental restorations available are crowns and bridges. While many patients have heard these words before, most aren’t entirely familiar with what they are and why they’re necessary. At the Richardson dental office of Meredith G. Davis, DDS, we know that an educated patient is a happy patient. Our knowledgeable dentistry team will always take the time to fully explain your dental care options, but you can also read this page if you’re interested in learning more about dental crowns or fixed bridge restorations before your office visit. Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have questions or you would like to schedule an appointment with our caring team.
Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth to replace lost structure and protect the tooth from additional decay or damage. We offer dental crowns crafted from a wide range of materials to meet any need, including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. We may recommend dental crowns in any of the following situations:
Fixed bridges are replacement teeth attached to dental crowns, one on each side. The dental crowns are placed over the top of surrounding healthy teeth to support the entire tooth replacement prosthetic. Like dental crowns, fixed bridges are also made from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic.
Both dental crowns and fixed bridges are placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare the tooth or teeth, capture bite impressions, and place a temporary restoration to protect your teeth. A dental lab will use the bite impressions and our design to craft your crown or bridge. When we receive the restoration from our lab, you’ll return to our office to exchange the temporary for your custom crown or bridge.
Dental crowns and fixed bridges can vary in price based on the materials used, but typically, dental crowns range from $250 to $1500. A fixed bridge is typically a bit more expensive ranging between $500 and $2000. Dental insurance plans will usually cover part of the cost of these treatments, and we can also work with you to get financing when necessary.
Once you receive your dental crown or fixed bridge, you should continue your daily brushing and flossing routine as usual and visit the dentist twice a year for checkups. For the most part, you will not need to make any changes to your dental care routine. We may recommend a softer bristled toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste to avoid wearing down tooth enamel too quickly. Some patients with fixed bridge restorations may need to use specialized flossers to clean between the gums and the replacement tooth. During your twice a year dental checkups, your dentist will need to examine your restoration and make repairs to prevent unnecessary damage or need to replace the restoration too soon.