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Crowns & Bridges FAQ
Dental crowns and dental bridges may be common terms related to dentistry. However, few people fully understand the purpose and treatment process involved. If you still have questions after reading the FAQs below, our doctors are here to help!
Do I need a dental crown?
There are numerous reasons why a patient might need a dental crown. If you have discoloration from a previous filling/procedure, decay, a large filling, or need to protect what is left of a tooth, a crown may be a viable solution. Are you experiencing any tooth pain or noticing visible changes? If so, it is best to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to determine if a crown is right for you.
How long will my crown last?
Like many other things, the longevity of your dental crown will depend on how well you take care of it. Maintaining a regular brushing and flossing schedule will help prevent future treatment to your crown.
Are there other alternatives to a dental crown?
Yes and no. It is possible to address the area of concern with a large filling. However, it is important to note that with a large filling comes the risk of the tooth fracturing, which would lead to additional treatment. Hence, we recommend a dental crown in most cases and will only do a procedure if it is in the best interest of a patient. Our goal is to keep patients comfortable while providing the highest level of care.
Will my crown be visible?
When placing a crown, we will carefully match the color to your surrounding teeth. At Little Rock Family Dental Care, we want you to feel confident in your smile.
Will I be able to feel the difference once the crown is placed?
You may notice that the procedure area feels slightly different. However, it should go away within a few days. If it continues to bother you, contact us as soon as possible and we will make adjustments if necessary.
What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown is utilized to restore an existing tooth back to its natural appearance. Whereas a bridge uses surrounding teeth to help fill the gap of a missing tooth. Bridges and crowns differ from dentures, as they are fixed prosthetics. Should problems arise or additional treatment becomes necessary, a dentist will be the only one able to remove these materials.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
A lost tooth creates a gap in the alignment of teeth. Therefore, once the space is no longer occupied with a tooth, the teeth are likely to shift and move out of place. Thus, a bridge fills the gap and helps to maintain the structure of your smile.
How long will my bridge last for?
Dental bridges usually last 10-15 years, dependant upon the level of care and hygiene.
What does the dental bridge process include?
The first visit will include preparing teeth surrounding the previously occupied area to allow for crowns to be placed. We will contour the surrounding teeth and take impressions. A temporary bridge will be put into place before you receive your permanent one at the next visit.
At the second appointment, we will replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one. From there, your dentist will examine if any adjustments are needed. Additional appointments may be required to ensure proper fit. The first two visits will approximately take one hour to an hour and a half.
Will I have trouble eating with a bridge?
Eating should be made easier with a dental bridge, increasing your ability to chew. We suggest taking small bites of soft food to help you transition to the feel of your tooth.
Do dental bridges impact speech?
Adjusting to speaking with your bridge in place may take some time. You could experience difficulty in pronouncing certain words. Over time, your speech should improve as the teeth and tongue work together to help you articulate.
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Little Rock, AR 72212
Phone: (501) 954-9900