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San Antonio Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges

Woman receiving dental treatmentAt Legacy Dental SA, we work hard to help our San Antonio dentistry patients stay healthy, but even the best in-office and at-home preventive dentistry routine can’t protect patients from every oral health concern. When tooth decay or damage occurs, we can offer San Antonio dental crowns and fixed bridges as well as other restorative dentistry services to repair damaged smiles and replace missing teeth. If you’re in need of restorative dentistry services, call our team right away to schedule an appointment with us. We’ll examine your smile, discuss your restorative dentistry options, and help you create a plan to fully repair your damaged smile.

Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth to restore lost dental structure and renew oral health. Once in place, a dental crown will allow patients to speak, chew, and smile with complete confidence. We may recommend a dental crown in any of the following situations:

  • To repair a tooth that is too decayed or damaged for repair with a more conservative treatment
  • To replace a damaged filling or restoration
  • To protect and strengthen a root canal treated tooth
  • To correct or conceal cosmetic flaws
  • To support a fixed bridge tooth replacement prosthetic
  • To replace a single missing tooth when attached to an implant post

Fixed Bridges

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To replace one or a few missing teeth, fixed bridges are a great solution. They look, feel, and function just like your healthy, natural smiles, and can last for a decade or longer with proper care. Fixed bridges are crafted using dental crowns fused to either side of a replacement tooth or teeth. The dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth to support the fixed bridge restoration.

The Restoration Process

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Both dental crowns and fixed bridges require at least two treatment appointments to complete. During the initial visit, we will numb the area. Then, we remove a small amount of surface enamel to allow the dental crown to fit within your natural smile line. Once your teeth are prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be used to craft your custom restoration. These impressions are sent to our trusted dental lab, and we place a temporary to protect your prepared teeth. When we receive your final restoration from the lab, you’ll return to our office to exchange your temporary for the flawless, custom dental crown or bridge.

CEREC Same Day Restorations

If you want to complete your dental crown or bridge restoration process in just one appointment, we are happy to offer CEREC same day restorations. This all digital system allows us to design, craft, and place a dental crown or bridge in just one visit to our office.

Cost of Crowns & Bridges

The cost of dental crowns and bridges fluctuates dramatically based on the materials, size of the restoration, and other variables. Luckily, most dental insurance providers cover a large percentage of the cost of treatment. Our team is happy to process and file claims for PPO dental insurance plans to maximize your benefits. The out of pocket costs of dental crown treatments typically run between $250 and $1000. Fixed bridges can vary between $500 and $1500 or higher.

Caring for Your Smile Following Restoration

After your dental crown or bridge is placed, we’ll be happy to walk you through at-home hygiene. You shouldn’t need to make much of a change to your daily routine, but we might recommend switching to a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. You may also want to use a waxed floss to avoid tugging on the edges of a dental crown or bridge. Most importantly, you should continue to visit us every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. During these regular checkups, we’ll examine your restorations for signs of damage or wear and make repairs as necessary.