Crowns and Bridges in Bridgeton, MO
Are you dealing with damaged or missing teeth? Teeth that are broken or have extensive decay hurt a great deal, make it difficult to chew food, and erode your quality of life. Missing teeth give you gaps in your smile that may make you self-conscious and also affect the types of food you can eat.
Dr. Burgdorf is dedicated to repairing your smile and giving you back the full functionality of all your teeth. When you have a beautiful smile filled with attractive teeth that work as they should, life is good.
If you have a broken, damaged, or missing tooth, please call our Bridgeton dental office. We will arrange an appointment with Dr. Burgdorf so you can explain your concerns. He’ll perform an evaluation and let you know if a dental crown or bridge is the appropriate solution for your needs.
- What is a dental crown?
- What are dental crowns made of?
- Why would I need a dental crown?
- How do you use dental bridges?
- What’s the process for placing dental crowns and bridges?
- Does getting a dental crown or bridge hurt?
- How should I care for my new crown or bridge?
- How long do dental crowns last?
- Should I replace old dental crowns?
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a porcelain jacket that fits over and around a broken or decayed tooth to enclose it. It adds strength to the tooth that protects and supports it and restores full chewing function.
Crowns may be used to repair broken or decayed teeth (once the decayed portion has been removed), support teeth that have a great deal of filling material (such as occurs with root canal therapy), and even replace missing teeth as part of a dental implant system.
What are dental crowns made of?
In the past, crowns were usually made of metal and were easily visible. Later improvements used a ceramic-fused-to-metal crown, and while these were less obvious than metal crowns, they still left a gray line at the gum line that gave them away.
Today, crowns are made of materials like porcelain and zirconia. These remarkable dental crowns are completely lifelike, and once Dr. Burgdorf places them, nobody will ever know that they are not your real teeth.
At our office, we use the very best laboratories to ensure that we deliver the longest lasting, most natural-looking results for our patients. It is important to us that you look and feel great with your new dental restorations, and at Dr. Kevin Burgdorf’s office, we’re not happy until you’re happy.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Dental fillings can repair a tooth that's decayed or a damaged tooth, but sometimes a crown is the healthier alternative:
- You have a large cavity that can't be fixed with a filling
- Your tooth is worn down, cracked, or weakened
- You’re getting a dental bridge and need crowns
- Your tooth needs protection after root canal treatment
- You need to restore a dental implant
- You want to cover a badly shaped or severely discolored tooth
How do you use dental bridges?
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is essentially a row of crowns that fits into the gap left by the missing teeth. It is held in place by crowns placed over either the adjacent teeth or dental implants. Unlike partials, bridges remain in your mouth permanently. Bridges are also long-lasting, and with appropriate care, your tooth bridge may last a lifetime.
What’s the process for placing dental crowns and bridges?
To place both crowns and bridges, you will need to come into our Bridgeton dental office for an assessment and examination. Dr. Burgdorf will examine your teeth and discuss your oral health and your goals with you to determine whether a crown or bridge is the right option for repairing or replacing your teeth.
We’ll then take photographs and impressions to send to the custom dental lab where your new restorations will be created. Once the crown or bridge is back from the lab, you’ll return to our office to have your restoration placed. When we finish this step, you will leave with a complete smile, restored to full functionality.
Does getting a dental crown or bridge hurt?
Since a crown adds bulk, we need to alter your existing tooth and reshape it to ensure that it fits correctly. Dr. Burgdorf will administer a local anesthetic and make sure that your mouth is completely numb before he starts this procedure.
Our goal is to provide you with comfortable dentistry, so if at any point you start to feel uncomfortable, let us know. Dr. Burgdorf will stop what he’s doing and help you get numb again.
Once your new crown comes back from the dental lab, we carefully remove the temporary restoration and cement the new crown securely in place.
Call our Bridgeton dental office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
How should I care for my new dental crown or bridge?
Like your natural teeth, dental crowns and bridges can stain or become damaged by excessive pressure. Continue to brush and floss your teeth according to the routine recommended by Dr. Burgdorf. You should also continue to visit our dental office for regular check-ups and cleanings. At these appointments, we’ll check the condition of your restorations to make sure that they are still in great shape. Of course, if you do happen to damage your restoration, call our dentist immediately – this is considered a dental emergency. We’ll get you in as soon as possible to check your bridge or crown and fix the damage.
Call our dental office today to schedule your appointment with Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
How long do dental crowns last?
Your crown is made of premium materials that are quite durable and can last for decades if cared for properly. However, they are not indestructible, and they can wear down over time. If the crown is suddenly exposed to excessive force as it might be when you bite down too hard on a popcorn kernel or olive pit, it can crack or break.
If you think your crown is damaged or worn down, call our Bridgeton, MO dental office. Dr. Burgdorf will check its condition and, if necessary, plan a replacement.
A broken crown is an emergency, so don’t delay in calling us. In many cases, a broken crown or bridge can cause pain, and we do not want you to be in pain!
Should I replace old dental crowns?
If you have an older crown, you might not be satisfied with its outdated appearance. Modern materials look far more natural and lifelike than those used for dental crowns in the past. Or, if you have a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, you may be unhappy with the dark line that shows near your gum line.
Dr. Burgdorf is happy to examine your dentistry and provide a recommendation as to whether your crowns should be replaced. Give our Bridgeton dental office a call to schedule your evaluation. He will be happy to listen to your concerns and desires and help you decide if getting a new dental crown is a good idea in your case.