Dental crowns and bridges are popular restorative procedures for patients who have broken or severely decayed teeth, or for those who have lost teeth altogether. These procedures are performed with expertise and efficiency at Greenwood Dental. Keep reading to learn more about bridges and dental crowns in Sagamore Hills -- and how Dr. Greenwood can rescue your smile!
A dental crown is a restoration that is affixed on top of a broken or damaged tooth. It is custom built according to the specific dimensions of your dentition -- and, when securely bonded around the tooth, a dental crown can last for many years.
A dental crown may be recommended for the following cases:
A dental crown can be made of several materials, including porcelain, gold, or metal alloys. The one that is right for you depends on the location of the crown, your budget, and your personal preference.
While a dental crown brings back the form and function of a damaged tooth, the dental bridge replaces one or more consecutive teeth that have gone missing completely. After placement, a fixed traditional bridge cannot be removed except by your dentist. It is held in the smile with two dental crowns placed on each of the teeth surrounding the gap. Prosthetic teeth (pontics) are attached to the crowns to fill in the space between.
Most dental bridges are made of porcelain fused-to-metal, for a sturdy solution with an almost completely natural appearance.
To place a crown or bridge, your will need to plan on making about two visits to our office. During the first, we will prepare an individual tooth to receive the crown, or prepare the supportive teeth to receive crowns for a bridge. Impressions are made and the treatment plan is compiled. This information is then sent to the lab, where your crown or bridge is created by an expert. A temporary crown will cover up the prepared tooth/teeth in the time between. When you return to our office, the temporary is removed and the permanent restoration is placed.
A dental crown or bridge can last for years and years -- possibly decades -- with proper care. To ensure that yours stays sturdy and strong for as long as possible, maintain excellent dental hygiene and continue with regular visits to your dentist. When you brush and floss, make sure to concentrate on the base of the restoration, as plaque and food particles can build up here.
Are you in need of a dental crown or bridge? If so, Dr. Dan Greenwood at Greenwood Dental is here to help! We invite you to contact us to learn more about crowns and bridges in Sagamore Hills.