The structure and strength of your teeth can change due to decay, trauma, wear and tear or extensive fillings that replace most of the tooth crown. In some cases, a tooth can’t be saved due to advanced gum disease that caused irreversible destruction of the underlying bone, severe decay, fractures or injury. Dental crowns or tooth caps in St Louis, MO are a cost-effective choice for restoring function to damaged teeth, while dental bridges are ideal for replacing one or two missing teeth. At South County Complete Dental Care, our dentist Dr. Fetsch is skilled in delivering restorative treatments to preserve an existing tooth or replace a missing one. Dental crowns and bridges are fabricated in porcelain or zirconia to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. Both options will enable you to resume eating foods comfortably without worrying about a compromised bite and/or missing smile.
Crowns are tooth caps placed on the top of a tooth that has been modified. They’re used to restore tooth function and appearance when tooth decay is so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed or when an existing large filling can’t be repaired. Crowns also restore the structure and function of a weakened tooth after a root canal. In addition, if veneers aren’t a viable option to cover stained or discolored teeth, we may suggest crowns in St. Louis, MO. The tooth receiving the crown is filed down across the top and sides to make space for the crown to fit snugly. Then, Dr. Fetsch takes impressions of the tooth and sends them out to a dental lab to handcraft the crown. You’ll wear a functional temporary crown made of resin until you return to South County Complete Dental Care to be fitted for your final crown.
When you lose a tooth, adjacent teeth may shift and cause misalignment or malocclusion (bad bite). A missing tooth in your lower jaw can cause a tooth in the upper jaw to shift down into that space, placing undue stress on your teeth and jaw joints, as well as pain and potential damage. Missing teeth can also cause decay in adjacent teeth, lead to bone loss and eventual facial changes as the jawbone collapses. A dental bridge is a natural-looking alternative to dental implants to replace one or two missing teeth. Most bridges are made of a pontic tooth (false tooth) in the center cemented to crowned surrounding (abutment) teeth on each side of the gap. Dr. Fetsch prepares the abutment teeth in much the same way as a single crowned tooth and sends the impressions out to the dental lab to create the bridge. In addition to restoring oral function after tooth loss, a dental bridge in St. Louis, MO eliminates unsightly gaps in your smile, prevents remaining teeth from shifting and associated issues such as malocclusion.
We offer highly competitive pricing for crowns and bridges in St. Louis, MO. Dental bridges and crowns are typically partially covered by dental insurance, subject to your individual policy, deductibles and co-pays. Before you decide to get a crown or bridge, we’ll speak to your insurance company to determine how much is covered so you can make an informed decision based on your budget. We also offer third-party financing to help you afford any out-of-pocket costs. When you receive a custom crown or bridge from the seasoned dental team at South County Complete Dental Care, you’ll enjoy restored oral function and smile aesthetics for many years to come!
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