Trauma, decay, wear and tear and even extensive fillings can change the structure and strength of your teeth. Sometimes, a tooth can’t be saved due to advanced dental disease, severe decay, injury or fractures. Dental crowns or tooth caps in Baton Rouge, LA are a cost-effective option for restoring your damaged teeth, while dental bridges are a great option for replacing one or two missing teeth. At Pearl Dental Group, our dentists are skilled in delivering restorative dentistry treatments to preserve or replace your teeth. Dental crowns and bridges are fabricated in porcelain or zirconia and custom-milled to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. Either option will let you resume eating foods without worrying about a compromised bite, and smile for photographs without feeling self-conscious.
Crowns are tooth caps that have been placed on top of a tooth that has been damaged or extensively filled. They’re used to restore tooth appearance and function when large portions of the tooth have to be removed, or when an existing large filling can’t be repaired. Crowns can also be used to restore the structure and function of a tooth after you have a root canal. In addition, if porcelain veneers aren’t enough to cover stained or discolored teeth, we may suggest dental crowns. We file the problem tooth down across the top and sides to make room for the crown, and then we take impressions of the tooth in order to handcraft the crown. You’ll wear a functional temporary crown made of resin until you return to Pearl Dental Group to be fitted for your final restoration.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, your nearby teeth my move around and cause misalignment or malocclusion (a bad bite). A missing tooth in your lower jaw can cause your teeth in the upper jaw to shift down into that space, placing stress on both your jaw joints and your teeth themselves. Missing teeth can also cause decay in adjacent teeth, leading to bone loss and eventual changes in the shape of your face as the jawbone begins to collapse. A dental bridge is a natural-looking, economical alternative to dental implants to replace one or two missing teeth. Most dental bridges are made of one or two pontic teeth (false teeth) that are cemented to crowned surrounding (abutment) teeth on either side of the gap. Our dentists prepare the abutment teeth in much the same way they prepare crowned teeth, and then they create the bridge in a dental laboratory. In addition to restoring oral function after losing one or two teeth, a dental bridge in Baton Rouge, LA eliminates gaps in your smile, prevents your remaining teeth from shifting around and preserves the integrity of your bite.
Our pricing for crowns and bridges in Baton Rouge, LA is highly competitive. Dental bridges and crowns are often covered (in full or in part) by dental insurance, depending on your individual coverage, deductibles and co-pays. Before you decide to get a crown or bridge, we’ll check with your insurance company to determine how much is covered, enabling you to make an informed decision based on your budget. We also offer third-party financing to help you manage the out-of-pocket costs. When you get a custom crown or bridge from the dental team at Pearl Dental Group, you’ll enjoy restored smile aesthetics and oral function for years to come!
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