Lowcountry Dental Center can restore your smile using a variety of treatments including tooth colored crowns and bridges. We are one of the few dentists in Bluffton, SC to offer same day dental crowns thanks to innovative CAD/CAM technology.
Smile Makeover Before & After
Pat had several teeth that were affected by decay and discoloration. She was also missing a few of her back teeth. For treatment we performed a full mouth rehabilitation which required dental crowns, veneers, fixed bridges and yes, even the dreaded root canal. Now, Pat has a beautiful smile and can eat without pain.
See more real life transformations in our smile gallery
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is like a “cap” that covers the tooth to provide protection and stability. Dr. Hendricks can offer a dental crown in a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, resin, or a combination of these materials. For the most natural look and feel, Dr. Hendricks prefers porcelain dental crowns, which are extremely well fitted and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
There are many reasons why a person would need a tooth crown including:
- After root canal therapy
- To protect a tooth with a large tooth cavity
- To repair a broken tooth or cracked tooth
- To improve the appearance of a crooked tooth or misshaped tooth
- To cover a tooth that is stained or discolored
- To close gaps between teeth
- To lengthen teeth or improve a “gummy smile”
- To address other restorative dentistry concerns
Dr. Hendricks is one of the few Bluffton area dentists to offer same day dental crowns thanks to an innovative technology called E4D. Using sophisticated CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Hendricks can design, fabricate and place a ceramic tooth crown in one day.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is used to “bridge” a gap between teeth, and also to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials. There are several types of dental bridges, Dr. Hendricks will help you select which is best for you.
Removable Dental Bridge
Typically, a removable dental bridge is reserved for short term solution. A removable bridge may be used to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost may be lower initially, removable dental bridges do not offer good long term benefits and frequently require replacement or repair down the road.
Fixed Dental Bridge
In a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A drawback to this type of a dental bridge is that it places stress on the natural teeth. Particularly if the teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unnecessary stress on the teeth and lead to premature wear or cavity formation.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridges
A better option is to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dr. Hendricks has extensive training in implant dentistry and is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), making him uniquely qualified to handle your dental implant procedure from placement to restoration.
Dental implants provide the most natural solution to missing teeth. They are permanent, help to maintain bone structure and for denture wearers, offer superior retention compared to traditional removable dentures.
FAQs About Dental Crowns & Bridges
How much does a dental crown cost?
The cost of a dental crown varies depending on your specific condition and goals, as well as the material selected. If you have dental insurance, we will submit your dental insurance for you with the reimbursement to be sent directly to you from the insurance company.
If you do not have dental insurance or if your dental insurance carrier will not cover your treatment, we do offer a range of payment options including financing for qualified patients.
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental crown to last for many years. The material Dr. Hendricks chooses for your dental crown will also contribute to the longevity of your dental crown.
What type of dental crown is best?
The dental crown material Dr. Hendricks uses will depend on your specific condition and take into consideration esthetics, durability and longevity. Typically for teeth in the smile zone, Dr. Hendricks will use a porcelain dental crown which mimics a natural tooth.
Is a dental bridge or a dental implant better for replacing missing teeth?
A recent study has show that dental implants have a 35% higher success rate when compared to traditional fixed bridgework. With traditional methods, the teeth adjacent to the missing one must be ground down to place a bridge. Dental implants eliminate the need to degrade adjacent teeth. Also, the implanted post stimulates healthy bone growth and reduces jaw shrinkage which can lend a premature aged appearance.