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Dental Crowns & Bridges Madison

Missing or cracked teeth change the appearance of your smile. Total Care Dental's Madison team uses porcelain crowns or bridges to repair gaps between your teeth. Protective coverings like these can protect your damaged teeth from future problems. The porcelain used for crowns and bridges is tooth-colored and enamel-like for a natural-looking restoration. Learn more about our restorative and cosmetic services or contact TCD for any questions you may have.

 

Fill in Gaps and Replace Damaged Teeth with Crowns or BridgesCrowns and bridges repair missing or damaged teeth

Missing or cracked teeth change the appearance of your smile. Gaps can also have long-term effects on your oral health. Madison's Total Care Dental uses extreme care in all dental restoration treatments. This includes porcelain crowns or bridges, used to replace missing and damaged teeth. Porcelain crowns and bridges are fabricated by a highly skilled dental technician and permanently bonded to your existing tooth.

Porcelain crowns and bridge restorations are completed in two appointments. See our gallery for before and after pictures of porcelain crowns and bridges by TCD’s dental team.

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What is the difference between crowns and bridges?Dental Bridge for Lower Jaw

Crowns cover the entire tooth surface, restoring the form, function and beauty of original teeth. Crowns are needed when teeth are severely worn, fractured or decayed to protect a weak tooth from breaking completely. You may also need porcelain crowns if you clench and grind your teeth, which compromises the tooth structure.

Dental bridges are used to replace a completely missing tooth. As the name suggests, a “bridge” is set up between the nearest remaining teeth to support the porcelain crown replacement. Unlike dental implants, the bridge does not directly connect to the gums or replace the root of the tooth. It simply supports the new tooth and keeps it aligned with the surrounding teeth.

  • Crowns: cover an existing tooth
  • Bridges: Replace a missing tooth

How Dental Crowns Work

  1. Your dentist will examine and prep the tooth that needs to be repaired. You may need x-rays or a mold of your tooth to be taken. 
  2. The damaged tooth is reshaped by filing and removing part of the outer layer so the porcelain crown can be inserted directly on top.
  3. An impression of your trimmed tooth and the surrounding tooth is made to create the crown.
  4. Your dentist cements the crown into place after fully enclosing the visible area of a tooth lying at or above the gum line.

How Dental Bridges Work

Since there is no tooth for the crown to cover, the nearest teeth are used as abutments to anchor the new tooth into place. The abutment teeth are given their own crowns which are directly attached to the replacement tooth. This keeps the entire dental piece firmly in place.

  1. Your teeth are gently ground down to secure the bridge.
  2. The adjacent teeth are prepared for crowns to be placed over top. 
  3. Most bridges are composed of three units, so once the bridge is made it is bonded onto the two adjacent teeth.

In some cases, your new crown or bridge may require cosmetic inlays or onlays. This is to ensure your new teeth look completely natural. Both inlays and onlays are placed within the grooves between the cusps of a tooth. Onlays can also be placed over the cusp tips as well. Your dentist will tell you which option is best for your tooth damage.

Filling in Lost Teeth: Natural-Looking Replacements

There are many reasons for adults to lose their permanent teeth. Trauma to the face from sports, car accidents and falling down can all result in teeth being knocked out. Cavities, gingivitis and other oral hygiene issues can cause roots to weaken and teeth to fall out. 

When a tooth is lost, it’s vital to get it replaced as soon as possible. Porcelain crowns and bridges are natural-looking replacements for your missing tooth. Each tooth is carefully shaped and colored to best match your remaining teeth. If you want whiter teeth, we recommend getting teeth whitening in advance since the porcelain’s color cannot be changed.

Alternatives to Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are not for everyone. Certain situations may require other replacements like implants or dentures. Make sure to check out all teeth replacement options so you are ready for your consultation. Dental implants are similar to crowns and bridges but are installed directly into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. We offer Four Life Changing Implants to replace all your teeth in one dental appointment.

Common Questions About Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

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Q: How much do dental crowns cost?

A: Depending on the material, the cost of a crown can range from $500 to $3,000 per tooth. Porcelain crowns can cost between $800 and $1,400 per tooth whereas metal crowns can cost between $800 and $2,500.

Q: How much do dental bridges cost?

A: The cost of a bridge can range from $300 to $1,000 per tooth. An all-porcelain tooth will cost more than a metal or porcelain fused tooth.

Q: How do you know if you need a dental bridge?

A: A dental bridge is recommended if you have one or more missing teeth in a row with healthy teeth around these gaps. These are a common alternative to permanent implants.

Q: When do you know if you need a crown on a tooth?

A: If biting down on your tooth hurts, you most likely have a cracked tooth. If you have a cracked tooth, you should get a restorative procedure to protect it from further damage. Teeth do not heal on their own, so it is important to get these fixed whenever possible.

Paying for Crowns and Bridges with or without Insurance

When you receive dental care from TCD in Madison, there are many ways to pay for treatment. Our dental financial plans guarantee all of our patients are able to receive the care they need for a beautiful, healthy smile. We accept cash, personal check, credit cards, CareCredit, Illumisure, and most major insurance plans. If you are uninsured, we offer a 5% discount when $300 is paid in full before treatment. Our dentists will help you select the best tooth restoration service for your dental health and budget.

Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911.

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Total Care Dental offers multi-level payment options for a variety of dental care services at our Madison, WI location. Enjoy routine checkups, cleanings, x-rays, periodontal preventative care and more without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies that don't value your time or health needs.

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Meet the TCD Madison Dentists

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, ensuring patients of all ages feel welcome. At TCD, we treat every patient like a member of our family.

Dr. Brett Clark

Dr. Brett Clark

Dentist & Owner

Little League Coach, Barefoot Water Skier, Exercise Junkie, Super-Dad!

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dentist & Owner

Eagle Scout, Badger Fan, Dog Lover, Lifeguard, Hater of Shredded Coconut!

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dentist

Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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Heather

Heather

Dental Hygienist

Positive Spirit, Team Leader, Hockey Mom; "A family that flosses together stays together!"

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