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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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At Clarkson Dental Group, we believe that the better informed our patients are, the better they can make good decisions about their oral health.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are utilized to properly protect and maintain a tooth that has undergone a sizable injury that has compromised its integrity. These injuries may be due to fractured or cracked tooth structure, endodontics treatment (root canal), failed pre-existing restoration, large cavity, and/or a misshapen tooth.

After receiving your dental bridge, you should expect to eat and chew without problems. This includes eating all the foods and drinks you normally would. As a friendly reminder of the limitations with your new bridge, if you wouldn’t do it with your natural tooth, don’t do it with your bridge.

There is no definitive timeline for the effectiveness of a dental bridge. With great care, we can expect a dental bridge to typically last up to a full decade. Although many bridges can last a lifetime, the longevity of a dental bridge hinges on one’s oral health, routine oral care, and diet. 

Crowns typically last anywhere between five and fifteen years, and sometimes even longer. The determining factors associated with a crown’s longevity largely depend on the care of the crown and your daily oral hygiene habits. Routine home and professional dental care are highly effective and will ensure that your crown lasts for several years.

Though dental crowns are durable, they can still get damaged just like your natural teeth can. If your diet includes sugary or sticky foods, your crown's longevity will be greatly reduced. Additionally, grinding or clenching your teeth will place extra stress on the crown, which can cause it to break beyond repair. If your crown breaks, the damaged crown must be replaced with a new one.

With proper oral care and a healthy diet, your new crowns can give you years of beautiful smiles. 

At Clarkson Dental Group, we utilize state-of-the-art techniques and materials to provide our patients with durable, realistic dental crowns. Dr. Scott Mahlin and our skilled team at Clarkson Dental Group will guide you with the appropriate wear and care instructions for your new dental crown. We strive to provide each of our patients with the knowledge, resources, and support to achieve optimum oral health.

To learn more about crowns and how our team can help restore your smile, please call our Chesterfield, MO dental office at (636) 537-0065.

It’ll take 2-3 weeks to have your custom crown made. We work exclusively with hand-picked dental labs to provide an optimal result in strength, shade, fit, anatomy, longevity and comfort. Our dental lab technicians carefully design and create a crown that functions flawlessly with your own teeth.

Our dental bridges are custom designed to fit and accommodate your distinctive preferences. This careful design process pays attention to color, size, and shape of your natural teeth to blend seamlessly into your smile. If you are missing teeth, a dental bridge can significantly improve your face by making you look younger and you will naturally want to smile more.

To prolong the health of your bridge and supporting teeth, it is recommended to:

  • Brush at least twice daily
  • Floss daily under the false tooth of the bridge and your natural teeth
  • Follow the recommended professional care of your dental team
  • Eat a balanced diet minimizing foods high in sugar or acid
  • Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects

We begin the creation of your custom crown within 4 months of having your implant placed and full healing of the dental implant is observed.

Yes. The older materials used to create crowns offered very limited esthetic and strength options.  Unfortunately, this created an obvious difference in the smile when attempting to blend the crown(s) with the natural teeth. Advancements in the crown materials utilized to match your natural teeth have improved dramatically. Our goal is to shade match your teeth and crowns so they will appear incredibly lifelike and natural. 

A bridge is a custom tooth replacement that fills in the space of a missing tooth or several teeth. The advantages of bridges include aesthetics, returning to natural chewing and bite function, restoring the intrinsic beauty of the face shape and contours, and is non-removable.

Crowns are indicated for the protection and maintenance a single damaged or injured tooth.  This allows the patient to retain their tooth.  In instances where a natural tooth is missing, a bridge allows us to replace the missing tooth with a fixed solution (i.e. cannot be removed).

A dental bridge is a fixed, or non-removable, option to replace one or more of your natural teeth.  Your custom dental bridge procedure will require two dental visits to our office. The first visit allows us to create a model of the affected teeth and the second visit involves fitting your custom dental bridge.

If you’ve had a damaged tooth or have been without a tooth for a while, your family and friends may notice that your smile has improved. However, they’ll be unable to determine exactly what has changed.

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