Dental Crowns and Bridges
You may have heard that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, but it is surprisingly brittle in the face of tooth decay, trauma, infection, chipping, and disease. Enamel protects our teeth and aids us in biting, chewing, speaking, and posing for pictures. Any damage or fracturing can compromise the structure of your tooth.
When we chip a fingernail or scratch our skin, our body can self-heal, but enamel cannot. Once a tooth is damaged, only a dental professional can rehabilitate it using a tooth-colored filling, dental crowns, or bridges.
Through patient education, we explain the important role that preventive and comprehensive dentistry plays in protecting and stabilizing your teeth. A weakened or broken tooth should not sit and get worse. Immediate treatment is essential in maintaining a strong and vibrant smile.
At Smile Station Dental Care, we offer two common dental restorations: dental crowns and bridges.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Weakened or cracked teeth are vulnerable to harmful bacteria and further fracturing, and they require protection along with restored function. This is where dental crowns come in; they are a beautiful, natural-looking dental restoration that covers your tooth all the way to the gumline.
This coverage allows patients to bite down when eating without worrying about the pressure damaging their tooth. Even better, they mimic your surrounding teeth in shape, size, and shade.
They not only renew your smile, they restore your peace of mind.
We may recommend a dental crown in the following situations:
- To protect a cavity that a filling cannot fill
- To protect a chipped, cracked, decayed, or broken tooth
- To restore worn enamel
- To complete a root canal
- To complete a dental implant
- To enhance a stained or flawed tooth
- To support a dental bridge
- To enhance your smile
The Dental Crown Procedure
Dental crowns are a popular restorative procedure that is pain-free and reliable. We ensure patient comfort throughout the entire process by offering sedation dentistry as needed. Patients can relax while Dr. Bridges improves their smile and wake up to a pleasing smile.
Our approach to dentistry is always welcoming, gentle, and compassionate.
Dr. Bridges starts by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area so that patients will only feel pressure but never pain or discomfort. During the procedure, we will remove any damaged or decayed tissue.
Using digital x-rays and modern dental equipment, we make a 3-D impression of your tooth for a precise fitting dental crown. Once the fabrication is complete, Dr. Bridges will permanently bond the dental crown to the tooth and adjust it for a perfect fit.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Patients missing one or multiple teeth can “bridge” the spaces in their smile with a dental bridge.
Dr. Bridges places a false tooth, known as a pontic, between two existing teeth and holds it in place using dental crowns that cap the adjacent teeth.
This dental procedure is prevalent in restoring teeth.
Our Paducah, KY dental office may recommend a dental bridge when:
- One or multiple teeth are missing
- Your ability to eat, speak, or chew is compromised
- Your facial contours are impacted
- Your bite is misaligned from shifting teeth
Patients who do not replace missing teeth often find that their appearance seems aged by the gap in their smile. Losing even one tooth can have an immediate and negative effect on your dental health and existing smile.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge process is not too different than getting a dental crown, only in this case, we use two dental crowns to hold an artificial tooth in place. Once Dr. Bridges cements the bridge, patients can enjoy the use of a full smile.
Are You Interested in Learning More?
We love nothing more than helping our patients learn about dentistry and how each procedure can benefit them. We always welcome new patients and are with you each step of the process.