Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are two of the most commonly used restorative dentistry services. They offer reliable, long lasting results for patients with damaged or missing teeth. If you’re in need of dental restoration in Harrisburg or surrounding communities, contact the Klein Family Dentistry team to find out more or schedule an appointment with us today. We’re here to help whenever patients need us most, and that includes providing restorative services following dental damage or decay.
How do Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns are restorations used to repair damaged teeth following serious decay or dental damage. They allow our team to repair a tooth instead of removing severely damaged teeth. A crown is formed to fit over the top of a damaged tooth recreating lost tooth structure and sealing out potentially damaging bacteria and plaque to protect and strengthen the tooth. The dental crown is placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, we’ll prepare the tooth by removing damaged structure and shaping the remaining tooth enamel to allow for the additional space taken up by the restoration. Then, we capture an impression that will be used by our lab to craft the custom dental crown. Finally, we place a temporary to protect the prepared teeth until you arrive in our office. When we receive the custom crown from the lab, you’ll return for your second appointment. During this shorter appointment, we simply need to exchange the temporary for a custom dental crown.
How do Fixed Bridges Work?
A fixed bridge uses two dental crowns, one on each side, to support a replacement tooth or teeth. The replacement is fused to the dental crowns, which are then cemented to healthy teeth on either side. Like dental crowns, the fixed bridge is placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare the teeth, capture impressions, and place a temporary. Then, you’ll return to the office to exchange your temporary bridge for a custom fixed bridge.
Benefits of Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges
There are numerous benefits to repairing smiles with dental crowns and fixed bridge restorations, including:
- Natural looking materials are available to seamlessly repair the appearance, shape, and function of damaged or lost teeth
- Prevent the need for tooth removal by repairing teeth and strengthening root canal treated teeth with dental crown restorations
- Fixed bridges look, feel, and function like lost teeth, and they will remain in place to protect the smile
Caring for Dental Crowns & Bridges
For the first few days following your dental crown or fixed bridge restoration appointment, you’ll need to pay extra attention to ensure the area is healing properly and you don’t accidentally shift the newly placed restoration. When your smile is fully healed, you should be able to return to your twice daily brushing and flossing once a day. We may encourage you to switch to a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. Some patients also switch to a waxed floss or a use water flossers to thoroughly clean around the restorations without unintentionally pulling on the crown or bridge. Otherwise, continue your regular hygiene routine each day and visit our office twice a year.
Dental Crowns FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental crowns in Harrisburg? If so, you have come to the right place! Our expert staff at Klein Family Dentistry has created this dental crowns FAQ section to help you make an informed decision about whether this common restorative treatment is right for you. We cover everything from how long dental crowns last to whether you can count on your insurance to help cover the costs. Please take a moment to review the information below. If you still have more questions or concerns about dental crowns after reading this page, do not hesitate to contact our office!
Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?
At Klein Family Dentistry, patient comfort is always a top priority. In general, getting a dental crown placed is usually a straightforward procedure that causes little to no pain. Dr. Klein may need to file or modify your decayed tooth before placing a permanent crown. However, rest assured he will numb the area around the affected tooth so you do not feel any discomfort.
After your new dental crown has been placed, you may experience some minor swelling and sensitivity for a few days. However, any mild discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication and will disappear quickly.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are a durable restoration that can easily last for a decade or more. While the average lifespan of a dental crown is 5 to 15 years, practicing proper oral hygiene at home and visiting a dentist in Harrisburg twice a year can help your crown last even longer. During biannual checkups, Dr. Klein will examine your dental crown to see how it is holding up to normal wear and tear. He will be sure to let you know when it comes time for a replacement.
How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?
The final cost of restoring teeth with dental crowns can vary from person to person depending on a number of factors, such as:
- The number of crowns placed
- The materials used (e.g., metal, porcelain, resin)
- The individual’s dental insurance coverage
After examining your teeth, Dr. Klein will be able to provide you a more detailed treatment plan, including an accurate cost estimate. Remember, even if cost is a big concern, you should not put off restorative dental treatment. Neglecting a decaying tooth now can easily end up costing you more down the line if you need an extraction or root canal.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover a Crown?
Generally speaking, your insurance will likely cover 50% to 70% of the costs of a dental crown. However, every insurance plan is slightly different, so be sure to touch base with your insurance provider before choosing to move forward with restorative treatment.
If you need help understanding the details of your insurance plan and calculating out-of-pocket costs for dental crowns in Harrisburg, do not hesitate to ask us for assistance! Our friendly and experienced team is always happy to help patients understand and take maximum advantage of their dental insurance benefits.
No insurance? No problem! We are proud to offer an in-house membership plan to help uninsured patients to get the dental care they need without breaking the bank. Ask our staff for more details!