Crowns and Bridges
When teeth are damaged by decay or trauma, fixing the problem is only half the battle. Restoring a damaged tooth's strength and beauty is also important for both your oral health and your emotional well-being.
Chipped, broken, or damaged teeth can make you reluctant to smile, talk, or eat around others and may lower your self-esteem. That is why Turnagain Dental recommends a dental crown or bridge for patients suffering from missing or damaged teeth.
Crowns and bridges offer an improved aesthetic for a less-than-perfect smile while strengthening and protecting damaged teeth. These restorations will help keep you smiling proudly for years to come.
What Is a Dental Crown?
When a tooth becomes broken or damaged through trauma or decay spreads beyond the ability to restore it with a filling, we recommend restoring the damaged tooth with a dental crown. A crown is a cap, and it's usually made of porcelain fused to a metal base, all-porcelain, or sometimes gold. The cap fits snugly over your tooth and is bonded into place, offering protection from further damage and giving you a natural-looking restoration that matches your teeth.
If the damage to the tooth is extensive, a buildup and post is sometimes used to provide additional structure and stability for your crown. This will allow your crown to last longer and give you added security while biting and chewing. Crowns are also our first choice for restoration after a root canal.
What Is a Bridge?
Bridges consist of multiple crowns used to anchor a restoration for a missing tooth. The crowns and restorations for the missing tooth or teeth are connected together into one piece. The crowns are then attached to healthy teeth on either side of the site of your missing teeth, giving you a seamless restoration that will last for many years.
Bridges are just one of the restoration options Anchorage dentist Dr. Wenzell offers for missing teeth. Dr. Wenzell will review your treatment options with you to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.
The Treatment Process
When you begin the process to restore your teeth with a crown or a bridge, we will first complete any necessary dental work on the tooth, including removal of decay, root canals, or other procedures. An impression will be made of the tooth or teeth being restored so that our lab can ensure a perfect fit for your crown. Usually a temporary crown will be placed over the teeth to protect any existing dental work while your crown is crafted.
Once your crown is ready, we will bring you back into the office for placement. The temporary crown is removed and the fit of your new crown tested. Dr. Wenzell can easily make adjustments to the crown on-site to ensure it fits comfortably and looks natural. When the crown looks and fits perfectly, it is bonded into place, and any excess bonding material is removed. After a few hours to allow the bonding material to cure, your crown should look and feel just like a natural tooth!
Restore Your Smile Today with Beautiful Dental Crowns and Bridges
If you are interested in restoring a less-than-perfect smile using dental crowns or bridges, call our Anchorage dental office today to schedule an appointment!