At the Parker dental office of Rodney L. Allen, DDS, we are dedicated to helping patients maintain their whole, healthy smiles. However, when tooth decay or damage does happen, we’re here to help with a variety of restorative dentistry treatments, including dental crowns and bridges. If you’re in need of dental restoration, don’t hesitate to call our team for a restorative dentistry appointment.
A dental crown is a restoration that restores teeth that have advanced decay or damage too severe to be repaired with more conservative solutions like a filling. A dental crown fits completely over the top of the damaged tooth. The dental crown replaces lost tooth structure and protects the tooth from further damage. We may use dental crowns in a variety of restoration treatments, including:
A fixed bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic. We can use fixed bridges to replace a single tooth or several consecutive teeth. The prosthetic is composed of a replacement tooth or teeth fused together with two dental crowns, one on each end. The crowns are then affixed to the surrounding healthy teeth for support.
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are available in a variety of materials. Gold crowns are often recommended for back teeth. While they have the most noticeable appearance, they are also the strongest material, making them a great option for molars that receive the greatest amount of bite pressure. Porcelain fused to metal crowns combine the strength of metal crowns with more natural looking porcelain. However, the porcelain wears away over time revealing the dark colored metal below. For the most natural results, we’ll recommend an all-ceramic dental crown or bridge. Custom crafted for tooth-colored ceramic, these restorations recreate flawless smiles.
Dental crowns and bridges are both placed over the course of two appointments. During the initial appointment, we’ll numb the area to treated. Then, we remove any damaged or decayed tooth structure. We’ll also need to remove a small amount of enamel around the tooth to allow the crown to fit within the natural smile line. Once teeth are prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be sent to our lab where your custom crown or bridge is crafted. To protect the prepared teeth, we’ll place a temporary. When we receive the restoration from our lab, you’ll return to exchange the temporary for the custom dental crown or bridge restoration.
Following the placement of your dental crown or fixed bridge, you will not need to make many changes to your regular dental hygiene routine. We will recommend you use a soft bristled toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste. This will ensure there’s no excessive restoration wear. During your twice a year dental checkups, we’ll examine your restorations for signs of damage and make repairs as necessary to extend the life of your dental restoration.