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Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS
Bridgeton MO Dentist
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Crowns and Bridges

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

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Dental bridges don’t require any additional care other than your a solid brushing and flossing routine (along with regular visits to our dentist office in Bridgeton, MO, of course!). Special floss or tiny brushes designed for dental bridges make the job easier. We will be happy to show you how to care for your bridge before leaving the dental office after your procedure.

This is one of the benefits that a bridge has over a partial denture, which requires care using special products and occasional adjustments. Your bridge may eventually need an adjustment, but it should last for several years with good care.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a custom tooth replacement option that is ideal for many patients in Bridgeton, MO. A dental bridge “bridges” the gap between your natural, healthy teeth, filling in for your missing teeth.

Traditionally, the appliance itself consists of artificial teeth or a single artificial tooth attached to abutments. The abutments secure the artificial teeth to dental crowns covering the adjacent natural teeth. We often put dental crowns over the adjacent teeth to keep them strong and healthy while supporting the bridge. A bridge is a simple but effective method for filling those gaps in your smile. 

Tooth replacement is vital to good oral health. If you don’t seek a tooth replacement, you may deal with a variety of adverse effects, including an incorrect bite. Fortunately, with dental bridges, we’re able to offer our patients an excellent tooth replacement to improve their oral health and the appearance of their smiles.

Dental Bridges in Bridgeton, MO Are like Natural Teeth

One of the significant benefits of dental bridges is their similarity to natural teeth. This tooth replacement option can provide patients with a natural, comfortable feel and a beautiful aesthetic. With a dental bridge replacing your missing teeth, you should have the ability to smile, chew, and speak comfortably and without feeling self-conscious. 

How Do I Care for a Dental Bridge?

While bridges are made of synthetic materials and can’t decay the way natural teeth can, you still need to practice good hygiene habits. A bridge can still build up plaque, and if plaque has the time to harden into tartar along the gum line, you will increase your risk for periodontal disease. Additionally, plaque and tartar build-up between your bridge and your natural teeth can lead to decay.

The dental bridge design promotes excellent durability, but they aren’t impervious to damage. Biting down on hard objects such as ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails could cause your bridge to crack or become dislodged. Be especially careful when eating foods that could contain a pit, such as cherries and olives. If your bridge does become damaged, please call our office right away so that we can repair your dentistry.

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Woman smiling in treatment chair at Bridgeton MO dentist officeA dental crown is sometimes referred to as a “cap.” A crown is a special type of tooth restoration that your dentist designs to fit perfectly over a damaged tooth. Modern dental crowns are usually created using ceramic or porcelain. We can shade and design the crown to look virtually identical to a natural tooth. 

When Is a Dental Crown Necessary?

Our dental office prefers to practice conservative, non-invasive dentistry whenever possible. Often, preserving your natural tooth is preferable to removing it and replacing it (although sometimes an extraction is an appropriate solution). We will always discuss all your options with you so that you understand our recommendations. While capping or crowning a tooth requires shaping the natural tooth structure for a proper fit, it is still a less invasive procedure than an extraction.

We often use dental crowns in our Bridgeton office to protect damaged or decayed teeth. We also commonly use crowns to strengthen teeth structurally weakened due to infection or large fillings. By placing the crown on your tooth, we hope to restore your ability to chew, talk, and smile comfortably. 

Procedure for Dental Crowns in Bridgeton, MO

As mentioned above, the process of getting a crown does involve some shaping of the tooth to make sure that the crown will fit correctly. Dr. Burgdorf takes care to make sure that you are thoroughly numb and comfortable before beginning this procedure. If at any time during the procedure you become uncomfortable, raise your hand, and Dr. Burgdorf will immediately stop and help you get comfortable again. We don’t believe that any dental treatment in Bridgeton should hurt. End of story.

We will place a temporary crown on your tooth while waiting for your permanent crown to come back from the lab. We’ll provide you with options to make sure that you are comfortable during this time, even after the anesthetic wears off.

Once your crown is complete and you return to our dentist's office, we’ll carefully remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent crown. 

Can Dental Crowns Wear Out?

Once we place a crown, you can care for it just like a natural tooth. Although the crown cannot decay, the tooth beneath it may without proper dental care. Crowns also do not protect against periodontal disease, so good home care is a must.

Crowns and other dental restorations are designed for durability, but they can become worn down and stained over time, just like your own teeth. Additionally, if they are suddenly exposed to force that they aren’t meant to handle (such as biting down on an unexpected olive pit), they can crack or break.

The appearance of older crowns may also trouble you. Modern crowns use lifelike, natural-looking materials, but older crowns often don’t have the same quality. If you have metal crowns or porcelain-fused-to-metal, the dental work may be more noticeable, and you may want updates.

If you have damaged or stained crowns, let us know. We may have to remove your crown, but we will provide you with a temporary crown until we have a permanent replacement. 

Dental Crowns in Our Bridgeton, MO Dentist Office

Before fitting you for a crown, Dr. Burgdorf will discuss his recommendation with you and the reasons why he feels that a crown is the most appropriate solution. 

Of course, the final decision always rests in your hands. At our Bridgeton dental office, you are in charge of your healthcare. We offer beautiful porcelain crowns that look completely lifelike, which may help to make your decision easier!

Call our Bridgeton, MO dental office today at (314) 291-9000 to learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.

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