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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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We are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you are informed and comfortable with every aspect of your dental care. To save you time, we've listed some of the questions we hear most often. If you have a question not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crown | Chesterfield MODental crowns are an excellent solution for patients who have had a tooth with substantial decay, or a crack, or fracture. Because the dental crown fits over your remaining tooth, it can come off if you're not careful about the foods you or if you are not using proper brushing and flossing techniques. Here's what you should know about caring for dental crowns in Chesterfield, MO.

Avoiding certain hard or sticky foods will help you prolong the life of your crown. Here are some culprits:

  • Popcorn
  • Hard candies
  • Raw vegetable (carrots or celery)
  • Caramel
  • Sticky or gummy candy
  • Gum

It is also not a good idea to chew on ice as it can fracture your crown and your natural teeth.

Home care for dental crowns

Sticking to an excellent home care routine is critical when you have a dental crown. You should be brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once. When you floss, be careful not to get the floss stuck under your tooth, instead slide it gently along the side of it. Pulling the floss straight up could cause your crown to pop off.

Chesterfield MO Dental Clinic

Regular checkups will also help you maintain not only the health of your crown but also the rest of your smile. Contact our Chesterfield, MO dental clinic to schedule an appointment.

Woman smiling If you are struggling with teeth that are failing or missing, a dental bridge can be an ideal solution for replacing one or multiple adjacent missing teeth. A bridge uses porcelain crowns that will anchor to two healthy teeth on either end and support prosthetic teeth in the middle designed to fill the gap.

Your bridge is a fixed appliance, which means it is permanently placed and customized with high-quality ceramic porcelain that is blended to complete your smile seamlessly. The key to supporting the longevity of your dental bridge in Chesterfield, MO is to keep your anchor teeth healthy and clean with consistent daily brushing and careful flossing.

Dental bridge using dental implants

Your dentist can also use dental implants as anchors for a dental bridge, which allows patients with multiple missing teeth to enjoy the benefits that implants offer such as keeping your jawbone healthy by stimulating it as a natural root would. This also promotes longevity for the bridge.

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If you would like to learn more about your options for restoring one or more missing teeth, Dr. Rahm is happy to discuss them with you during a consultation. Contact Chesterfield Valley Dental a call today to arrange a convenient time for your appointment.

Dental crown | dentist Chesterfield MOWe may recommend a tooth crown for a number of reasons. In most cases, crowns are used to protect a tooth that has been damaged or weakened. Some of the most common reasons for this include:

  • Extensive decay
  • Injury
  • Root canal therapy
  • Clenching and grinding

Other uses for dental crowns

Crowns can also be used as part of a system to replace missing teeth. For instance, crowns are often used to hold a bridge in place, and a crown may be used to restore a dental implant.

Crowns may also be used as part of a cosmetic treatment plan. Since the crown fits over the entire tooth, this is a great option for camouflaging a tooth with significant discoloration or an unusual shape.

If Dr. Rahm feels that a crown is the most appropriate treatment, he will review this option with you thoroughly, both pros and cons, and also any other possible options so that you can make an informed decision about your dental health. He will take the time to answer your questions and make sure you are feeling comfortable and confident in your decision.

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If you have a tooth that is causing you pain or negatively impacting your smile, please call Chesterfield Valley Dental for a consultation.

Dental crown | Chesterfield MO DentistIn most cases, no. One of our goals is to provide strong, functional dentistry that both looks and feels good. We carefully consider the impact dentistry will have on your overall smile and appearance, and we will present all of your options as well as our recommendations.

Dental Crowns in Chesterfield

If you need a dental crown procedure on your front teeth, you’ll be thrilled to know that we can place crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. These crowns are designed to be durable and long lasting, and they will also blend in beautifully to enhance your smile, not detract from it.

In most cases, our patients report that people can tell there’s an improvement in their appearance, but they can’t tell what exactly it is!

What are crowns made of?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metals, porcelain fused to a metal base, and tooth-colored materials like ceramic and zirconia. Crowns that are placed on your back teeth need to be stronger since they will bear the brunt of chewing, and we recommend metal or porcelain fused to metal for these.

If you have a tooth that is damaged, please contact Chesterfield Valley Dental to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Robert Rahm.

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