Everything You Need to Know About Crowns and Bridges

Everything You Need to Know About Crowns and Bridges

What Are Bridges and Crowns?

Crowns and bridges are two of the most common types of implants available in dentistry today. They are frequently used to help restore people’s smiles, and at the Blue Ash Dental Group offices, Dr. Ryan Detmer and his expert team would be happy to help you get the dental crowns or bridges you need to give you a smile that you are confident about once again.

3d render of teeth with dental cantilever bridge in gumsDental bridges and crowns can get described as the following:

  • Dental Bridges: If permanent dental implants are not in your future (they are often more expensive, and some insurance companies will cover them while some will not – or many people do not have insurance), then a viable (cheaper) alternative would be a dental bridge. Dental Bridges use your healthy teeth as anchors for porcelain that will support your prosthetic teeth. By using good teeth as an anchor, they ensure that your bridge has a longer lifespan and can sometimes replace more than one missing tooth at a time.
  • 3d render of teeth in gums with dental crown restorationCrowns: A crown goes over a single tooth that has a root canal performed on it to keep the tooth covered and protected in the future. The crown helps to restore the tooth to its previous state of health. While someone can have many individual crowns, each crown only covers one individual tooth and not multiple teeth.

These are the basic differences between the crowns and bridges that Dr. Ryan Detmer and his team of experienced professionals will use when you come to visit our office.

Why Do I Need to Get a Dental Crown/Bridge?

A dental crown or bridge is the most common alternatives to permanent dental implants. You might need a dental bridge if you are missing one or more teeth in a row but have healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth. The existing teeth can hold the dental bridge, which replaces the teeth that are missing.

A dental crown is the “cap” that they put on a tooth after you have a root canal performed. You will generally get a temporary crown placed on the tooth before going back a couple of weeks to get the permanent crown put on. The permanent crown will be able to last decades and is custom-made just to fit your teeth. It saves the tooth from having to be extracted.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

What To Expect When Getting a Crown:

When you are getting a crown put in you will get an anesthetic, so you don’t experience any discomfort or pain during your procedure. Your dentist will remove damaged pulp from the tooth before cleaning out the cavity, which provides a clean, healthy surface for the crown to get put on the tooth. Dental impressions will get taken of your teeth before you get a temporary crown attached to the tooth.

In a few weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment once the permanent crown gets made. Your dentist will use a special dental cement that will permanently hold the cap to your tooth securely. Once the crown gets bonded to the tooth, he will ensure that it matches the function and appearance of your teeth.

What To Expect When Getting a Bridge:

When you are getting a dental bridge put in, your dentist will provide you with a local anesthetic to help you avoid any pain or discomfort that you would otherwise experience. Any necessary root canals or root canals or extractions will get performed. Then, your dentist will take impressions of the necessary areas to create a bridge that fits into your mouth appropriately. While the bridge gets made, the dentist will give you a temporary bridge to wear until the permanent one is ready.

In a few weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment where you will come back in for your permanent bridge. The dentist will perform any necessary modifications to the bridge before you leave to ensure that you have a perfect fit.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

The average cost for getting a dental crown will be at least $500 while some crowns may run up to as much as $2,500 depending on the material the crown gets made of and the tooth that it will be covering.

The average cost for getting a dental bridge will be about $700 to $1,500 depending on where in your mouth the bridge will be placed and how many teeth it will be replacing.

Prices for both dental bridge and crowns will vary based on your dentist, the area you live in, the location where the bridge/crown will go in your mouth, and the materials used to when the bridge/crown goes into your mouth.

How Do I Care For My Dental Bridge/Crown?

You will need to care for your dental bridge/crown by ensuring that you clean your device daily. Using a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste on it is one way to clean your dental bridge/crown. Flossing between the teeth on your bridge is also key to help remove any food particles that might be stuck between the teeth. You should care for dental bridges/crowns just like any of your other permanent teeth.

If you are taking your dental bridges out, be sure to store the device in the container your dentist gave you to protect it while it’s not in use. Otherwise, your device will get much more easily chipped or cracked if it’s just left lying around to be damaged.

When given proper care, dental bridges/crowns can easily last 10 to 15 years.


Both dental crowns and bridges have helped many patients restore their confidence in themselves and their smile. As technology continues to advance, both dental bridges/crowns have come to look like your permanent teeth. Technology continues to improve, and more and more people have enjoyed having their smiles fully restored.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we are here to help you meet all of your dental needs. Please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment for a free consultation today.

Dentistry and Me: The Tale of Your Toothbrush

bristled toothbrush

Just about everyone owns a toothbrush. It is, after all, a key element in maintaining your healthy smile. But what you might not know about them is that they’re the culmination of millennia of household dental tools. Exactly how important it is for your dental hygiene, or the many and varied choices you have to make when choosing which brush is right for you?

We hope that you’ll come away from this article having learned a bit more about that little thing sitting in your bathroom.

The Journey of the Toothbrush

It’s no surprise that toothbrushes haven’t always been around. But what may surprise you is how long they have been around. The desire for healthy teeth has been a part of human nature for almost all of recorded human history. Before toothbrushes, the go-to item for oral cleanliness was called chew sticks. They weren’t much more than sticks, but given that some of them have been discovered over five thousand years ago, they’re still impressive in their own way.

While there were a lot of steps between these chew sticks and the modern toothbrush (including things like quills and animal bones,) it took quite a while for the modern toothbrush to surface. It wasn’t until June 26th, 1498 in mainland China that the prototype to the modern toothbrush, made with boar bristles, began to reach the masses. The final step wasn’t taken until 1938, when a company by the name of DuPont fashioned the first toothbrush to use nylon fibers, that we reached the stage where we still stand today.

The Importance of the Toothbrush

Man in a pink bathroom with a toothbrushWhy Should I Brush?

Despite the very long history of the toothbrush, it’s one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve dental hygiene.

In general, we suggest that you brush at least twice a day at the very minimum. Once in the morning, and once before bed. But, ideally, you want to also brush after every meal you have during the day. Certain kinds of food can have negative effects on your dental hygiene if left alone in your mouth for too long. Each of these sessions of brushing should last at least two and a half minutes.

Which Brush Should I Use?

As long as it’s new and not defective, any brush is better than no brush. Don’t let the quality of your brush dictate whether or not you use it at all. But some brushes will be better for your particular needs. You have a lot of possible choices; electric brush; more typical toothbrush; different heads, bristles, and handles.

We suggest that you go with softer bristles, as they’re a better fit for a normal household toothbrush. Beyond that, your choice of brush is going to be up to you. Because the truth is that every person’s teeth are different, and each of them will need a different brush for ideal maintenance. A smaller head on a brush can be good for one person, but make brushing more awkward for another. If you’re still having trouble deciding, then we suggest that you ask your dentist directly during your next visit.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we value the education of our clients almost as much as we value their dental hygiene. If you’re interested in more information like this, or in scheduling an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy With Good Dental Hygiene

Mother and son cleaning teeth with dental floss

Visiting your dentist is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. Although you may brush and floss daily to prevent decay and gum disease, it’s still important to see your dentist for routine checkups to ensure any potential problems are detected early before they become major dental emergencies. When you practice good dental hygiene, you’ll have healthy teeth and gums and your body is also less susceptible to some serious health conditions caused by untreated gum disease.

Why Is Good Oral Hygiene Important?

A healthy mouth begins with good oral hygiene. If you don’t take proper care of your teeth, it can lead to a variety of dental issues like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and bad breath. Periodontal disease is connected to serious medical conditions related to the heart, which means maintaining good oral health is essential to the health of your entire body.

Dental hygiene: brushing teethHow Can I Practice Proper Oral Hygiene?

If you think you’re practicing good oral hygiene, but you’re not sure if you’re doing all the right things, you’re certainly not alone. That’s why it’s important to rely on your professional dental team for guidance. When you visit your dentist, you can discuss your specific dental health needs and develop a dental maintenance regimen that is right for you. However, here are some ways you can begin to practice good oral hygiene right now.

  • Brush your teeth every day
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a mouth rinse after brushing your teeth
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages
  • Visit your dentist for routine dental cleanings and checkups

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we want to help you keep your teeth and body strong for life. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist for a routine dental cleaning or you simply have questions about how you can maintain the best oral health possible, contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Teething Basics Every New Parent Must Know

teething baby upclose

Cutting that first tooth is an important milestone in any baby’s life. Even so, it’s not one that most parents look forward to. Teething can bring about crying and discomfort, but you can ease the process by learning some of the basics of teething.

When Does Teething Begin?

According to Parents Magazine, most babies start teething between the ages of four and six months. However, your child may begin teething earlier or later than that. The lower front teeth normally come in first, followed by the upper front teeth. These teeth can appear anywhere from six to twelve months.

The upper and lower lateral incisors come next, followed by the molars and canines. Expect the incisors to show anywhere from eight to twelve months and the molars to appear between 12 and 14 months. Second molars are the last to erupt, and normally come in between the ages of two and three.

Teething Symptoms

Since it’s hard to predict a timeline, you should be aware of some of the most common teething symptoms, which include:

  • More frequent crying
  • Biting or chewing on objects your child showed no interest in before
  • Drooling
  • Swollen gums

5 month old baby girl who is playing on the floor mat with teething toys.How to Soothe Teething Symptoms

Provide your infant with something solid to gnaw on such as a frozen teething ring. Cold food such as applesauce or yogurt will also provide some relief-just be sure your baby is ready for solids. An over-the-counter numbing gel can be placed on the gums, or you can give drops of pain-relieving medication such as acetaminophen.

When to Call a Pediatric Dentist

Just because every child has his or her own timeline for teething does not mean you should not be concerned if your baby is behind. Contact us if your infant has not had an eruption by 18 months, or seems to have more difficulty than normal cutting teeth. Schedule the first appointment at age one year regardless of teething history. We look forward to seeing you.