Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Greenville, Five Forks, Simpsonville, Taylors, Greer, Mauldin & Nearby Areas Of  South Carolina

With time and age, it is common for our teeth to undergo a lot of stress. Decay, grinding, and trauma can all cause the affected teeth to weaken or fall out entirely. Dental crowns and bridges allow you to restore the appearance and health of your teeth while simultaneously helping to prevent further damage.

Our cosmetic dentists are highly experienced at creating beautiful smiles and promoting oral health with our porcelain dental crown and bridges procedures. If you are experiencing weakened or missing teeth, please contact our office at (864) 756-5576 to schedule your personal consultation. We will thoroughly examine the condition of your teeth to determine the best approach for a healthier, more confident smile. We welcome patients from the Greenville, SC Five Forks, and Greer communities of South Carolina.


What Are Porcelain Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are used to completely cover a tooth that has been weakened by decay, grinding, or trauma. This covering of the tooth not only will help to absorb the force of impact from chewing, but will promote better oral health by helping to prevent the damage from worsening or spreading to other teeth.

Your crown will be custom-made at our state-of-the-art facility using CEREC’s advanced, same-day crown technology. These crowns are designed to look identical to your own natural teeth, making for extremely realistic and elegant outcomes.

Other types of crowns may use different materials, including more traditional, metal-based covers. Our crowns are designed to provide a more natural appearance of the teeth.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are designed to restore areas of missing teeth by using dental crowns to support the replacement teeth. The crowns are placed over the teeth on both sides of the gap, providing a strong support for the replacement teeth that will fill the space. In addition to their cosmetic benefit, dental bridges can also prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting or tilting.

This method for tooth replacement can be used to replace one or multiple teeth in a row.

What Can I Expect from My Dental Crown Procedure?

Our same-day crown procedure typically takes about three hours from start to finish. During this time, you will be made comfortable within our office and will have 60-90 minutes to read, watch TV, and relax while your custom crown is created. Your cosmetic dentist will then carefully put the crown in place to complete the restoration of the affected tooth/teeth.

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How Long Do Porcelain Crowns and Bridges Last?

Dental CrownCrowns and bridges are designed to last about 5-10 years, though many last much longer when cared for properly. Our dental team will check the condition of your crowns and bridges during your regular visits to our office and will let you know if there is any sign that a crown or bridge should need to be replaced.

What Alternative Tooth Replacement Options Are Available Near Me?

At Flatrock Family Dentistry, we also offer patients the benefit of permanent dental implants. Unlike crowns and bridges, our dental implant procedure consists of implanting a titanium root within the jawbone for an extremely strong foundation and support of the replacement teeth, as well as several additional health benefits.

What’s the Best Way to Care for My Porcelain Crown?

Porcelain crowns are made to be extremely durable and long-lasting. While there are some precautions that you may need to take to avoid damage to the crown itself, most of your attention will be spent caring for the gums around the crown. This is relatively easy. Just brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, every day. As easy as oral care is in theory, it may be quite different in practice. To ensure that the margins of your crown remain as stable as possible, you want to brush with care. Too much pressure on your gums could cause abrasions and gum recession. These two conditions might degrade the margins around your crown and allow bacteria to accumulate.

In addition to brushing and flossing daily, it’s beneficial to also watch what you eat when you have dental crowns. Very hard foods and items can damage a crown or cause the accelerated breakdown of the bond between a crown and the natural tooth it is meant to protect. If you have crowns, try to avoid chewing on hard nuts and popcorn, pen caps, ice, and other hard items.

Does a Dental Bridge Need Special Care?

Your dental bridge will need some special care, yes. This restoration is anchored on one or more natural teeth. While durable, it can be damaged if you frequently chew or bite on hard objects, so this habit should be avoided. Bridges contain at least one dental crown, so your bridge will require the same degree of care when you brush and floss. Take care not to abrade the gums. In addition to brushing and flossing around your natural teeth, you also need to care for the area under your bridge. The center tooth or teeth sit on top of the gums. There is a very small space between the bottom of the artificial teeth and the gingiva. Without proper care, food and bacteria can accumulate there.  When you receive your bridge, our team will demonstrate to you how you clean beneath the restoration using a special flosser.

Whether you receive a dental crown or a dental bridge, seeing your dentist regularly is one of the necessary steps in ensuring long-lasting function. At each checkup, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and your restorations for signs of damage or instability.

Should I Get a Bridge or Dental Implant?

Tooth loss is a big deal. Our goal in treating tooth loss is to help you reclaim your healthiest, most attractive smile. This can be accomplished with a dental bridge or with a dental implant. The choice is ultimately up to you, and we provide you with the information you need to consider to make a confident decision. For example, your dentist may recommend using a dental implant to support a bridge that replaces molars at the very back of your mouth. One or more implants may also be advantageous if you have several teeth to replace in one section of your mouth. You may also consider the amount of insurance coverage available to you when determining the best option for tooth replacement.

Patient Testimonials:

“Flatrock has always dealt well with me. I was referred to them a long time ago because of the quality of their service. Once I visited I never thought about going elsewhere. They are good at what they do and are pretty thorough. I highly recommend them.” – J.B.

“Always great to have an appointment here, everyone is very friendly, always painless, and work with my crazy schedule.” – H.S.

“I had a fantastic experience at Flatrock Family Dentistry. The entire staff was extremely friendly and inviting. My dental procedure was done professionally, promptly, and they made sure I was comfortable the entire visit. I would definitely recommend this dental office if you are looking for one.” – M.H.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Improve your smile with our custom-made crowns and bridges. To schedule your personal consultation, please give our office a call to speak with a member of our team. Our number is (864) 756-5576. Flatrock Family Dentistry serves patients in Greenville, Mauldin, Five Forks, Taylors, Greer, Simpsonville and nearby areas in South Carolina


Dental crowns

A dental crown is like an enamel replacement. It essentially replaces the protective part of your tooth, acting almost like a helmet that you put over the tooth to prevent it from cracking or breaking. An alternative to a dental crown is a large filling, but fillings are not reliable long-term solutions when they get really big. This is because there's not enough supporting tooth structure to support the filling, and the tooth tends to break.

Types of dental crowns 

There are several different materials that can be used for dental crowns. For children, crowns are typically made out of stainless steel. For adult teeth, there are all-metal crowns (like an all-gold crown), porcelain fused to metal crowns, and all-porcelain crowns. About 90% of the crowns we place at Flat Rock Family Dentistry are all-porcelain crowns made from lithium disilicate material, which is about twice as strong as regular enamel.

Is a crown needed after a root canal?

If a root canal is performed on a back tooth, then almost all back teeth will eventually crack or split over time if you don't place a crown on them. However, for a front tooth, if there's a lot of tooth structure left and the root canal is done conservatively, then a crown may not be necessary. Instead, you can seal the tooth with a filling.

The crown procedure

The crown procedure involves several steps. First, we numb the area and take a pre-op impression or scan of the tooth. We then ensure there's a healthy base, create a foundational filling, and take a 3D scan of the tooth. After that, we place a temporary crown, and later, we place the more permanent or long-lasting crown. We make sure the fit is of high quality by checking visually, using a radiograph, and ensuring the cement is cleaned up properly.

Same day crowns

Yes, we do offer same day crowns at Flat Rock Family Dentistry. We use a 3D scanner to create a 3D model of your tooth and design it digitally. We then mill the crown out of a solid block of lithium disilicate, ensure the fit, polish it or add custom color, glaze the crown, and put it in a furnace to harden it.

Does it hurt when you have the crown placed?

About 30% of our patients opt to be numbed during the crown placement, while the other 70% do not. The process should not be painful. We make sure you're comfortable, clean the tooth thoroughly, and ensure the fit and function of the crown before delivering it.


Can you get a cavity on a crown?

The crown itself is made out of porcelain, and you cannot get a cavity on a crown. However, you can still get a cavity on your natural tooth at the margin where the crown meets the tooth or below.

Taking Care of a Crown

You should care for a tooth with a crown the same way you would with a normal tooth. It is important to brush and floss around a tooth that has had a crown.

How long can you expect a crown to last?

The lifespan of a crown is similar to that of a car, meaning it can last a long time if well-maintained. A crown can provide 10, 15, 20, or more years of service if properly cleaned and maintained.

Does dental insurance cover a crown?

Most insurance companies do contribute towards the payment of a crown and have coverage for dental crowns. However, they typically do not cover the entire cost and will help out with a portion of it. Each insurance company is different, so it's important to understand the benefits your insurance company offers for dental crowns.

How do you get an appointment for a crown?

First, a dentist needs to diagnose the need for a crown. Once a tooth is determined to need a crown, the dental office will work with you to find a time that works best in your schedule.

Is it worth it to crown baby teeth?

Typically, it is not worth it to crown a baby tooth with a custom crown. Most of the time, if a baby tooth needs a crown, a stainless steel crown is used. These are prefabricated, stock crowns that are chosen based on the closest fit and placed on the tooth, knowing that the baby tooth will eventually fall out. There is no need to invest in a custom crown that needs to last for 20 or 30 years.

Do crowns look like normal teeth?

Yes, the majority of dental crowns should look like normal teeth. With today's materials, it's possible to make a tooth look amazing, so it should look, feel, and function like a regular tooth. However, there are some cases where an all-metal tooth is used for strength, such as in the back of the mouth. Obviously, these do not look like natural teeth, but typically, all-porcelain crowns are used, which have a very lifelike appearance.

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment for a dental crown, please give us a call at 864-297-5268. We're here to help.