Dental Crowns & Bridges - Philadelphia, PA
A Cost-Effective Option
for Restoring At-Risk Teeth
Preserve Your Natural Smile
with a Dental Crown or Bridge
It can be difficult to eat or speak comfortably with a damaged, decayed, or missing tooth and you may also experience tooth sensitivity, pain, and a hit to your self-esteem. If you’re struggling with a compromised or missing tooth, you’ve found the right practice to make your smile whole again. Our dentist Dr. William Kessler is skilled in delivering restorative treatments to preserve existing teeth or replace missing ones. Dental crowns in Philadelphia, PA are a cost-effective procedure for restoring function and aesthetics to damaged teeth. Dental bridges can be used instead of dental implants when one or several teeth can’t be saved due to severe decay, fractures, injury, or advanced gum disease that caused irreversible bone destruction. When you receive a dental crown or bridge at Center One Dental Associates, the restoration is fabricated by a skilled dental technician in porcelain or zirconia to blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth. Both options eliminate the physical and emotional repercussions of a compromised smile and allow you to eat and speak comfortably.
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Dental Crowns Repair Damaged Teeth
When tooth decay is so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed or an existing large filling can’t be repaired, a dental crown is typically recommended. As long as the roots and interior of your damaged or broken tooth are healthy, a tooth crown is a good option. Crowns are also required to restore and protect a weakened tooth after root canal therapy. In addition, if stained, discolored, misshapen, or chipped teeth can’t be treated with porcelain veneers, a crown is typically recommended. A crown or tooth cap encases the entire tooth surface, protects it from further damage, and restores its original shape and size.
The Dental Crown Process
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Crowns measure 0.5-2 mm on the sides and around 1.5 mm on the chewing surface, which requires filing the tooth down across the top and sides to ensure a snug fit. After numbing and modifying your tooth, Dr. Kessler takes impressions and sends them to a dental lab that handcrafts the crown. You’ll wear a functional temporary crown made of composite resin until you return to Center One Dental Associates to be fitted for your final crown. During the second visit, your temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned and your new crown is carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. Before permanently cementing the crown into place, Dr. Kessler will ask you to bite down on a thin piece of colored paper. This simple occlusal adjustment helps eliminate any high points that can interfere with your bite.
The Benefits of Tooth Crowns
• Restores strength to a damaged tooth
• Improves tooth size, shape, and color
• Repairs tooth after severe decay
• Preserves tooth after a root canal
• Restores a dental implant
How Do Dental Bridges Differ From Crowns?
A missing tooth can cause an array of problems, including shifting of surrounding teeth, an increased risk of decay and gum disease, and a painful change to your bite. Instead of a single crown, a false (pontic) tooth in the space is supported by crowned existing teeth on each side. The abutment teeth are prepped similarly to a single crowned tooth and impressions are sent to the dental lab to create the bridge. In addition to restoring oral function after tooth loss, a dental bridge in Philadelphia, PA eliminates unsightly gaps in your smile and prevents remaining teeth from shifting and associated issues such as malocclusion. But it’s important to keep in mind bone loss continues in the space under the false tooth because the missing tooth root isn’t replaced.
Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges
Dr. Kessler also offers implant-supported zirconia crowns and dental bridges. The titanium implant post replaces the missing natural tooth root, thereby preventing the underlying bone from deteriorating while promoting new bone growth. This option also eliminates the need to modify two healthy teeth to support a bridge. Zirconia fixed bridges are a great option for patients with several missing teeth who aren’t yet candidates for full-mouth dental implants.
How Much Do Crowns and Bridges Cost?
We offer highly competitive pricing for crowns and bridges in Philadelphia, PA. Both procedures are typically partially covered by dental insurance, subject to individual insurance deductibles and co-pays. Before you decide to get a crown or bridge, we’re happy to get an estimate of out-of-pocket costs so you can make an informed decision based on your budget. We also offer third-party financing to make getting a dental crown or bridge even more affordable. When you receive a customized crown or bridge at Center One Dental Associates, you’ll enjoy restored oral function and smile aesthetics for many years to come!