Dental Crowns & Bridges
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are caps that cover the whole visible portion of a tooth to protect and strengthen it, as well as improve its aesthetic. Our strong dental crowns can do all of the following things for your teeth:
- Protect weak teeth from decay
- Repair a broken tooth
- Restore a worn down tooth
- Hold together pieces of a cracked tooth
- Improve the appearance and fortify a tooth with a large filling
- Cover poor shape
- Cover discoloration
Dental Crown Process
If you decide to use dental crowns to better and restore your smile, your dentist will first examine and prepare the tooth for the crown. First, he will make room for the crown by filing the tooth down across the top and sides. If the tooth is already severely worn down, your dentist may use a filling material to build the tooth up before placing the crown. Then he will take an impression of your tooth with a special putty and the lab will create your custom crown. In 2-3 weeks, you will return to the office and your Meridian dentist will permanently cement the crown into place.
If you are interested in getting a crown for a damaged or misshapen tooth, talk to your Meridian cosmetic dentist about same day crowns. These are permanent or temporary crowns that we can create for you, in-house, in the same day! This is possible through our 3-d imaging technology, where we can “print” a dental crown that fits perfectly, and can be adjusted for bite and coloring before you leave the office.
Uses for Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed device that can replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Our Dental bridges fill in the gaps in your smile with a pontic, or artificial tooth or teeth. The pontic is anchored into place by two crowns. These two crowns are placed over the two natural teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges will prevent the following potential problems associated with missing teeth:
- Difficulty chewing
- Hard time swallowing
- Slurred or difficulty speaking
- Teeth shifting out of place and becoming crooked
- Further tooth loss
- Deterioration of the jawbone
Dental Bridge Process
The dental bridge process is comparable to the dental crown process. To begin, your dentist will examine the area and teeth surrounding the gap where the dental bridge will placed. Next, he will use X-rays and impressions to make sure that the perfect dental bridge is created for you. Then your dentist will prepare the natural teeth for the crowns by filing them down or building them up according to their current state. Finally, he will cement the crowns and pontic into place at your final visit so that you can enjoy a complete and functional smile again.
Don’t wait to get your full and useful smile back. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.