Dental Crowns & Bridges - Rapid City, SD

A Tried and True Restorative Solution

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Crowns and Bridges Improve
Smile Function and Beauty

A missing tooth can detract from your smile and lead to long-term implications, including vulnerability to infections, increased risk of losing additional teeth and gum disease. Dental crowns and bridges in Rapid City, SD are a tried and true method for restoring a full smile and protecting your long-term oral health. Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps protect and permanently restore a damaged, cracked or severely worn-down tooth or one that has undergone root canal therapy. A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns anchored to each side of the false tooth (pontic) that fills the empty space. At Carpenter Dental, we offer crowns and bridges in Rapid City, SD that seamlessly blend in alongside your existing teeth. For both crowns and bridges, teeth must be trimmed down to accommodate the crowns. Whether you need a crown or bridge, Dr. Carpenter has extensive restorative dentistry skills delivering the highest quality crowns and bridges with great functional and aesthetic results!

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Protect a Damaged Tooth with a Dental Crown

A dental crown is a porcelain or zirconia tooth cap that covers and protects an existing tooth. At Carpenter Dental, we typically recommend a crown in teeth with fillings that are larger than the natural tooth structure, teeth treated with a root canal and to cover damage such as fractures or cracks. Dental crowns are also used as the final restoration for dental implants. For aesthetics purposes, we may recommend a crown to improve the size, shape and color of a tooth and overall smile aesthetics. The process for getting a dental crown in Rapid City, SD involves numbing the tooth, modifying it in order for the crown to snugly fit and taking impressions to send to the dental lab. Dr. Carpenter will create a temporary restoration you’ll wear to protect the tooth and enable eating until the final crown is ready. It’s important to avoid eating hard or sticky foods to prevent the temporary tooth crown from falling out or cracking.

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Replace a Missing Tooth with a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that relies on one or more false teeth connected to crowns on adjacent natural teeth that support it. The crowned teeth are prepared in a similar manner as a single crown. When properly cared for, a quality dental bridge in Rapid City, SD can last for decades, but as with crowns, it’s important to avoid biting down on foods like nuts, ice and hard candies. Although a dental bridge is a cost-effective solution for restoring function and aesthetics after tooth loss, bone loss continues unchecked in the empty space(s). Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss that place less of a burden on surrounding teeth than bridges, while preserving bone health.

The Benefits of Bridges

  • Improves overall oral health
  • Eliminates unsightly gaps in your smile
  • Prevents remaining teeth from shifting
  • Offers long-lasting strength and stability
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Picture-Perfect Crowns and Bridges Delivered Affordably

Most dental insurance plans cover 50% of the cost of a crown or bridge if it’s done for preventive reasons, although this is subject to deductibles and co-pays specific to your plan. If a crown is placed for cosmetic purposes, most insurance plans won’t cover the cost. At Carpenter Dental, we offer highly competitive pricing for crowns and bridges in Rapid City, SD and handle getting estimates from your insurance company so you can make an informed decision about moving forward based on your smile needs and budget. We also offer third-party financing to help you afford any out-of-pocket costs. A dental crown is a long-lasting restorative treatment that can last for many years when it’s created skillfully by the dentist and dental lab. Choosing the lowest priced option may lead to a poor quality restoration that leads to spending more money, time and discomfort down the road. Rest assured, you can count on the team at Carpenter Dental to create a picture-perfect crown or bridge in Rapid City, SD!