Dental Crowns & Bridges
Don’t let missing teeth keep you from smiling! Get dental crowns and bridges from your Meridian cosmetic dentist today.
If a tooth is badly damaged from decay or trauma, you may need a dental crown. We provide dental crowns and bridges to cover the tooth and protect the root from more damage and decay. If you have a broken or damaged tooth, call your Meridian cosmetic dentistry to see if dental crowns are right for you.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that cover the tooth. They are used to protect and strengthen it, as well as improve its look. If you have a severely chipped or damaged tooth, getting a crown from your Meridian cosmetic dentist may be right for you. Our strong dental crowns do these 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 strengthen a tooth with a large filling
- Cover poor shape
- Cover discoloration
What Happens When I Get a Dental Crown?
You’ve decided to use dental crowns to restore your beautiful smile. What comes next?
First, your Meridian dentist will examine the tooth that needs the crown. Once he knows what is needed, he can prepare it for the crown.
First, he will make room by filing the tooth. If the tooth is already too worn down, your dentist may build the tooth up before placing the crown. Then, he will take an impression of your tooth and the lab will create your custom crown.
In 2-3 weeks, the custom crown will be ready! Just return to the office and your cosmetic dentist will cement the crown into place.
Why Should I Get Crowns?
A tooth with serious damage will continue to decay unless you take corrective action. Dental crowns allow us to avoid extracting a damaged tooth, which can be painful and needs lots of healing time. We also want to protect the root of the tooth. Dental crowns are strong and fit into place easily, with little maintenance required on your behalf. Most dental crowns need routine brushing and flossing to remain strong and healthy looking.
If you chew hard foods such as ice or candies, there is a risk of breaking the dental crown, as well as your other teeth. When you get a dental crown, we will discuss food options with you. Most patients are able to enjoy almost all the foods they normally eat with dental crowns. If you need dental crowns in Meridian, call our office to schedule an appointment. If you have more than one damaged tooth, you may also need more crowns or dental bridges.
Types of Crowns
There are four types of dental crowns used to repair or replace a tooth:
- Ceramic – a ceramic crown blends in with the rest of your teeth. The ceramic crown is often used for front teeth with a porcelain-based material.
- Porcelain – fused to metal – a porcelain-fused to metal crown has a strong bond to the root of a tooth and is often preferred for most patients in need of new dental crowns.
- Gold alloys – a gold alloy contains copper, gold, and other metals to create a strong bond with the tooth. Some people prefer gold because it does not fracture and wear away the tooth.
- Base metal alloys – the base metal alloys come from non-noble metals. The base metal alloys will stay resistant against corrosion and is used for patients in need of a very strong crown.
Our Meridian cosmetic dentistry creates and seals all dental crowns. We make sure the seal is intact by using tooth cement designed to hold a crown firmly in place. To make sure your dental crown will blend in with your smile, we use two elements: durability and strength. We want your crowns to last as long as they can, and work with you as you go about your life.
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.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a great solution for multiple missing teeth. They fill the holes with multiple dental crowns that sit on top of the gums and functions like your traditional teeth. Dental bridges do need healthy teeth next to the hole to support the bridge. If you have more than one missing tooth, dental bridges are a common solution. Not only are they easy for us to create, they avoid the need of dental implants, which can be more invasive and expensive.
If you have more than one missing tooth, dental bridges are a great solution!
Dental bridges are great for people with multiple missing teeth, and can also prevent these problems:
- Difficulty chewing
- Hard time swallowing
- Slurred or difficulty speaking
- Teeth shifting out of place and becoming crooked
- Further tooth loss
- Deterioration of the jawbone
What Happens When I Get a Dental Bridge?
Getting a bridge is a lot like getting a crown. Your Meridian cosmetic dentist will first examine your mouth. He will make sure that the natural teeth around the gap are strong enough to hold the bridge.
Next, he will use X-rays and impressions to make sure that we create the perfect dental bridge. Like getting dental crowns, he will file the surrounding teeth down to fit crowns on top.
Once the crowns and bridge is complete in our lab, we will contact you to get them placed. Your dentist will cement the crowns and bridge into place at your final visit. With your new dental bridge, you can enjoy a complete and functional smile again.
Why Should I Get Dental Bridges?
Missing teeth will lead to several oral health problems. If a tooth is not replaced after extraction, the other teeth in the mouth will begin to shift and move into its place. Dental bridges hold the teeth in the correct position, avoiding the shift and other issues.
Another issue we find with missing teeth is how easy it is for the area to start deteriorating with bone loss and gum disease. Replacing a single tooth with a dental bridge can work, but several teeth in need of replacement could cause the jaw bone to deteriorate.
In the majority of cases, dental bridges need another tooth, or two teeth to support the bridge. We call these two teeth abutments teeth, and they hold the false tooth between them. We also use porcelain to create the false teeth supported by the bridge. Depending upon what you need, we can also offer gold and other metals, too.
We offer dental bridges to patients who have more than one missing tooth, but don’t want to get dental implants. Dental implants do tend to cost more, but they are a permanent solution for a missing tooth. Dental bridges can last for a while, but could need replacement in 10 years based on your oral health and regular wear and tear from chewing.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three basic types of dental bridges used to fix multiple missing teeth:
- Traditional bridges – a traditional bridge involves using two teeth to support the bridge. Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge and need routine brushing and flossing to prevent decay.
- Cantilever bridge – We use this bridge when you have adjacent teeth on one side of your missing tooth. We do not recommend this option for molar replacement as the back of the mouth tends to have more force placed upon the teeth when chewing.
- Bonded bridge – a bonded bridge improves the teeth and gums when you have a metal or porcelain framework to support the false tooth.
Missing teeth make it difficult to chew, speak, and smile. If you are missing teeth and want to restore your smile, call a Meridian cosmetic dentist today. We consider each patient a member of our family, and we want you to feel like your concerns are heard and addressed. Our team will listen to your concerns and create an individual treatment program for you. Let us help you enhance your smile and restore your confidence today! Call us today for a consultation.