Dental Crowns (Caps) in Amherst, NH
Nobody wants a less than perfect smile. Teeth that are chipped, discolored, decayed, or missing can make you reluctant to smile, talk, or eat around other people. Sometimes the damaged tooth can be painful and in need of care. If you have damaged or missing teeth, a dental crown or bridge can restore your smile to its former natural beauty and function, and Amherst dentist, Dr. Edwards, can help.
Dental crowns and bridges are similar in appearance but have very different functions.
Crowns: A dental crown is recommended to repair a tooth that is decayed, damaged, or broken.
Bridges: A dental bridge replaces one or more missing adjacent teeth.
- Why should I replace a missing tooth?
- What is a dental bridge?
- What is the difference between a dental bridge and a tooth implant?
- Will my insurance pay for a tooth crown or dental bridge?
What is a tooth crown?
A crown is a “cap” that is placed over your natural tooth, covering it completely. Crowns are reliable and durable restorations that restore integrity and aesthetics to your smile, protect your tooth root, and allow you to speak, chew, and brush normally.
Dr. Edwards makes tooth crowns out of many different materials, including gold, metal, porcelain, resin, or a combination of these options. Your Amherst, NH dentist, Dr. Edwards, will help you select the best material for your crown. There are many factors to consider, such as strength, durability, location in your mouth, cost, and aesthetic appearance. Your crown will provide you with function and aesthetics for many years to come with excellent home care and regular dental checkups.
Why do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns can be a solution to a variety of dental problems. If your tooth has too much decay to support a filling, a crown offers more support. If a tooth is cracked or weakened, a crown can be used to strengthen and protect it. We also recommend crowns for aesthetic purposes for patients interested in enhancing their smiles. A porcelain crown is also used in combination with a dental implant to restore a lost tooth.
A dental crown essentially provides you with a new tooth, when your natural tooth has become too weakened or damaged.
How are tooth crowns placed?
If you and your Amherst dentist determine that a dental crown is the best solution for your situation, Dr. Edwards will perform any other necessary procedures first. These procedures may include removal of tooth decay or a root canal. Once we restore the tooth to health, Dr. Edwards will prepare it for the crown.
In most cases, we place a temporary crown while a top dental lab handcrafts the permanent tooth crown. We will take an impression of your teeth to ensure the crown will fit and feel comfortable and natural. If you choose a tooth-colored material like ceramic porcelain for your crown, we will make sure we match it to the shade of your natural teeth so that it blends in beautifully and naturally with your smile.
A follow-up visit will be necessary to remove the temporary crown and cement the final crown into place. Once your permanent crown is placed and bonded to your tooth, it will act and feel just like a natural tooth. There are no special home care requirements except to brush and floss regularly. With routine scheduled care and excellent home care, your crown should last several years.
Why should I replace a missing tooth?
A lost tooth does much more than just cause discomfort while you're chewing or embarrassment when you talk or smile at other people. It is also impacting your oral health behind the scenes.
When you don't replace a missing tooth, it allows neighboring teeth to drift and move into the open space. Teeth that shift can cause bite misalignment, which could result in pain or problems with your jaw joint. Tooth misalignment can also increase your risk of developing issues like gum disease, tooth decay, or cavities.
Replacing a lost tooth protects your dental health and restores your confident smile.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge has been a reliable choice over the years for replacing one or multiple missing teeth that are adjacent. We construct a bridge with two dental crowns that anchor to your healthy teeth, which allows them to support prosthetic teeth attached in between. We typically make dental bridges with ceramic porcelain crowns, so your restoration blends flawlessly with your smile.
You can rely on a dental bridge to fill the space in your smile, keep your teeth from shifting, and provide you with the ability to chew with ease once again.
What is the difference between a dental bridge and a tooth implant?
Another downfall to tooth loss is losing your root. When you lose a tooth root, your bone has nothing left to support, so it begins to dissolve or deteriorate. This can affect the support it provides for your surrounding teeth and even changes your facial structure, which can make you look older.
Unlike a bridge, a dental implant replaces not only your tooth but also your root. This protects your bone by keeping it healthy and stimulated. Since a dental bridge uses crowns as anchors, dental implants may be able to support a bridge in some cases, allowing you to enjoy the protective benefits tooth implants offer.
Replacing a lost tooth is an essential measure for restoring function and aesthetics to your smile. When you choose a dental implant, it also protects the bone supporting your teeth. Dr. Edwards can help you determine if a tooth implant is the right treatment for your needs and guide you through the process if you move forward with implant dentistry.
Will my insurance pay for a tooth crown or dental bridge?
We understand that the cost of a tooth crown or dental bridge might be a concern for our patients. Most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of your crown or bridge, and our financial coordinator is happy to help you understand and maximize your insurance benefits to help defray the cost of your dental treatment.
We may also be able to help with third-party financing or in-house payment arrangements if you find that monthly payments fit your budget more comfortably. We always want our patients to receive the dental treatment they need promptly, so please be sure to let us know if the cost of your treatment is a consideration, and we'll work with you. Contact your dentist in Amherst, NH today at (603) 673-0782 for more information on dental insurance and payment arrangements.
Contact Our Amherst Dental Office
Being able to enjoy your food comfortably and smile with confidence are essential aspects of your daily life. If you have teeth that are damaged, chipped, weakened, decayed, or missing, a dental bridge or tooth crown can benefit you in many ways. They are reliable, durable, and can be made to look just like a natural tooth to complement your beautiful smile.
Call our Amherst, NH dental office today to schedule your dental exam with Dr. Edwards.