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Restore your Smile

Restorative dentistry is a type of dentistry that focuses on repairing/replacing teeth. The primary goal is to improve functionality and health. Some of the common restorative dentistry procedures we offer at Sunflower Dental Spa are dental crowns and bridges.

If you have the following, you may need restorative dental procedures:

  • Cavities/tooth decay
  • Missing teeth
  • Damaged/broken teeth

Many people use the terms restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry interchangeably, but they are different. Restorative procedures improve functionality and oral health, while cosmetic procedures focus on aesthetics.

Restorative dental procedures improve your ability to speak, laugh, eat, and smile- while also improving your overall oral health. If you are in or near Rockledge, Florida contact Sunflower Dental Spa for your restorative dentistry needs. Dr. Barbara Wetmore is looking forward to working with you to restore your beautiful smile and your confidence.

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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a "cap" that covers a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or trauma. It restores the size, shape, and appearance of the tooth. They may be ceramic/porcelain. In order for the crown to be fitted, your tooth will need to be shaped and an impression made. Once the crown is made, it will be cemented in place.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restorative dental procedure that restores the look, functionality, and appearance of a damaged tooth. There are several reasons you may need a crown, such as:
  • Restore broken/damaged tooth
  • Cover the tooth instead of doing a large filling
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Prosthetic tooth for a dental implant

A crown is necessary if the affected tooth would:

  • Be vulnerable to additional damage/infection
  • Be painful during day-to-day activities
  • Not function like a normal tooth
  • Affect bite
  • Take away from your smile

Dental Crown Cost

There are several factors that affect the cost of a dental crown, including the material and your dental insurance. They typically range from $500 to more than $1,000.

On the other hand, some all-ceramic crowns, such as CEREC, are technique-sensitive, so they may cost more. Generally, dental insurance covers about half of the cost- unless it is considered cosmetic.

At Sunflower Dental Spa, we understand that dental care impacts your confidence, your oral health, and your overall health. Therefore, we work together to help you get the care you need. Our friendly office staff will explain our payment options. We accept many dental insurances and if you need more help, we accept CareCredit. If treatment is out of your budget, we'll work with you to find a solution.

Dental Crown Procedure

Typically, a dental crown requires more than one visit. The tooth will need to be prepared and an impression made to be sent to the lab so the crown can be created. This way, it will fit in your remaining teeth properly.

It will likely take several days or even weeks for the permanent crown to come back from the lab. During this time, you will be given a temporary crown. Once the permanent crown arrives, Dr. Wetmore will remove the temporary one and place the permanent one using dental cement.


The first step is consultation. During this visit, we will take x-rays and Dr. Wetmore will examine your mouth to determine if you need crowns on any of your teeth. If you do and you're planning on getting ceramic, she will take note of the color of the neighboring teeth to determine the shade of the crown- especially if it is a front tooth.

You should also be prepared to ask questions and bring up any concerns you have at this time. If you have dental anxiety, please let us know and we'll discuss our sedation options.

Tooth Preparation

The next step is to prepare the tooth for the crown. We may need to file the tooth down to ensure that the crown fits properly. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area before we start working.

Impressions/Fabrication of Crown

Once the tooth preparation is complete, a gingival retraction will be done to provide a clear view of your tooth. Then, an impression of the affected tooth will be taken. The impression will be sent to the lab where a dental tech will make your crown.

Placement of Temporary Crown

Before you leave the office, Dr. Wetmore will place a temporary crown on the affected tooth to protect it while waiting for the permanent one to come in. Once the permanent crown does come in, we will schedule an appointment to have it placed.

Placement of Permanent Crown

When the permanent crown comes in, the temporary one will be removed, and the tooth cleaned so it can be put on. Dr. Wetmore will make sure that it fits properly before cementing it in place. Once the crown is in place, we will check your bite. In some cases, the opposing tooth may need to be filed down.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

You must maintain proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing because the tooth under the crown is affected by your oral health. Since so much effort is put into ensuring a proper fit, a crown can typically handle pressure from talking, biting, and chewing.

Taking care of your dental crown isn't much different from taking care of your other teeth- but everyone is different. If you require special care steps, Dr. Wetmore will let you know.

Dental Crown Material

There are several different types of materials used in dental crowns:

  • Ceramic/porcelain, such as lithium disilicate or zirconia
  • Composite resin, similar to the material used for dental fillings

The material that we use will depend on your personal needs/preferences, as well as what is currently available. For front teeth, ceramic is preferred because:

  • The color of ceramic is closer to that of your natural teeth
  • Newer, more durable ceramics are being created
  • Ceramic typically costs less than some metals

Of the various types of ceramic, the strongest is zirconia. This material is most often used for back teeth, especially in patients who grind their teeth. Recently, high-performance plastics have been introduced, which seem to be a promising alternative to zirconia.

During your consultation visit, Dr. Wetmore will go over your options. After evaluating your needs and considering your personal preferences, she will be able to recommend the material that will work best for you.

Advantages of Dental Crowns

Protects tooth after root canal

A dental crown offers reinforcement for the affected tooth following a root canal. The purpose of the root canal is to remove bacteria to prevent the tooth from rotting. After a root canal, the tooth is weak and susceptible to splitting/breaking. A crown can give it the strength it needs.

Fixes broken or cracked teeth

A crown restores the structure of a damaged tooth. Damaged teeth are often the source of physical and/or psychological discomfort. A crown restores the shape and size of the tooth, which eliminates this discomfort.

Restores a dental implant

A missing tooth is more than just inconvenient. Over time, it can cause additional damage to your mouth. If you are missing one or more teeth, we recommend dental implants to restore functionality and appearance. Dental implants look, feel, and function the most like natural teeth compared to other tooth replacement options.

The final step in the dental implant process is the placement of the crown. This adds structure and cushions the abutment to prevent additional damage to teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most common questions we are asked about dental crowns include:

How long do dental crowns last?

Generally, a dental crown will last 15+ years. There are several factors that affect the life expectancy of your crown: the location of the crown, your diet and oral health, and the material the crown is made of. Dr. Wetmore will determine how long you can expect your crown to last based on your situation.

Is a dental crown painful?

Generally, getting a crown is a fairly simple procedure and isn't usually painful. Some patients do experience minor discomfort after getting a crown that may last up to a couple of weeks. If you have severe pain or pain that will not subside, contact our office and we will get you in as soon as possible to determine the cause of the pain.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a restorative procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth, using the teeth on each side of the gap as support. A dental bridge is also referred to as "fixed partial dentures" and has 2 parts:

Abutment: teeth that support the bridge- may be natural or dental implants, usually fitted with a crown
Pontics: the false teeth between the abutments- may be one tooth or several, depending on how many teeth are missing.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are four types of dental bridges. The primary difference is how they are attached. These are:

Traditional bridge

A traditional dental bridge requires crowns to attach to the abutment teeth. The connectors may be rigid/fixed or may have some flexibility. Dr. Wetmore will advise you on which is best for you. The rigid bridges require abutment teeth to be parallel, while the flexible ones allow some deviation.

Cantilever bridge

A cantilever bridge only requires one abutment tooth for support, making it ideal for patients who have teeth on only one side of the gap. This type of dental bridge is not as common as it once was.

Implant-supported bridge

An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, except the crowns are placed over dental implants instead of natural teeth.

Dental Bridge Cost

There are several factors that impact the cost of a dental bridge, including:

  • Materials used
  • Additional dental issues that increase the difficulty of the procedure
  • Additional treatments required
  • The number of teeth being replaced

The type of dental bridge you choose also affects the cost:

  • Traditional and cantilever bridges cost between $2,000 to $5,000
  • Implant-supported bridges: $5,000 to $15,000

Dental Bridge versus Implant

Dental bridges and dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. However, they do this in different ways: a dental implant replaces the entire structure of your tooth- root and all- while a dental bridge sits on top of the gums.

Dental implants are considered a permanent solution for missing teeth. A dental bridge may need to be replaced within 10 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, a dental bridge may also last a lifetime.

Dental Bridge Procedure

Regardless of which type of dental bridge you choose, you'll need at least 2 procedures, and the process will take some time. However, impressions are required for all types.

Traditional and Cantilever Bridges

The first step in getting a traditional or cantilever bridge is the preparation of the abutment tooth or teeth. Dr. Wetmore will start by scraping off some of the enamel and dentin from the abutment teeth so the crowns can be placed. Temporary crowns will be placed until the bridge is ready.

When the bridge is ready, the temporary crowns will be removed, and the permanent crowns/bridge will be checked for proper fit. If it looks and feels good, the bridge will be cemented in place.

Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge requires more appointments than any other. First, the implants will need to be placed. A temporary bridge may be placed while you are healing. Once you have healed from the implant surgery, the permanent bridge can be placed. Dr. Wetmore will ensure that the bridge fits properly and then will attach the crowns on each end of the bridge to the abutments on the implants. Your natural teeth are not affected.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a permanent tooth restoration because it is fixed in place. Only the dentist can remove it during exams and cleanings. However, it may not last forever. Dr. Wetmore will explain the best way to take care of your bridge to ensure that you get the most out of it. Advantages of Dental Bridges

Advantages of Dental Bridges

There are several advantages offered by dental bridges:

  • Make your smile look natural
  • Restores ability to speak normally
  • Restores ability to chew properly
  • Prevents neighboring teeth from moving into the space left by missing teeth

Frequently Asked Questions

Our patients at Sunflower Dental Spa often have questions about restorative dental procedures such as dental bridges. Some of the most common questions we get are:

How long do dental bridges last

The life expectancy of dental bridges varies based on your diet and lifestyle, as well as your oral care habits. Dental professionals agree that dental bridges should last at least 5 to 7 years. If you are practicing proper oral hygiene habits and visiting the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings, it should last for 10 years or more. Some dental professionals state that with proper care and maintenance, a dental bridge may last a lifetime.

Is getting a dental bridge painful?

Generally, getting a dental bridge is not painful. However, some patients do report some minor discomfort following the procedure as they get used to the bridge. If you have severe pain or pain that does not subside, please let us know and we will get you into the office as soon as possible so we can figure out what is causing the pain.

Is it difficult to eat with a dental bridge?

Most patients do prefer eating softer foods while they are getting adjusted to their dental bridge. However, it's easier to eat with a dental bridge than it is to eat with missing teeth.

Will I speak differently?

When you're missing teeth, it can be difficult to enunciate your words. Restorative procedures like dental bridges fill in those gaps, which may improve your speech.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you believe that you might be a candidate for restorative dental procedures like crowns or bridges, contact our office to schedule your consultation. Sunflower Dental Spa is not your average dental office. We combine the expertise of a respected cosmetic dentist with a spa-like atmosphere. We offer amenities including heated massage chairs, pillows/blankets, eye masks, complimentary beverages, and more.

We are located at 4095 US Highway 1 in Rockledge, Florida. Our office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. We are looking forward to meeting with you and restoring the functionality and aesthetics of your smile.

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