Crowns & Bridges
No matter how well you take care of your oral health, things can and do go wrong. Dental restorations are essential for maintaining functional, healthy teeth that will provide you with a lifetime of use. Everyone wants a smile that is healthy and beautiful, and we can help you reach that goal using crowns and bridges.
Dr. Caddell and our entire professional team are committed to providing you with restorative dental treatments that are tailored to suit your unique situation. We will work closely with you until we are certain we understand your needs and goals, allowing us to choose the treatment and materials that are exactly right for you.
We use crowns and bridge to restore the problem of worn or damaged teeth because they protect and strengthen your tooth. Modern treatments and techniques treatments now allow us to customize and place crowns and bridges more easily than ever before!
How Are Dental Crowns & Bridges Used?
Dental crowns are effective restorations customized to fit over a damaged natural tooth. The crown provides strength and support and restores the function of the tooth. Crowns are often made of a porcelain material, but depending on your needs, we can also choose porcelain on a metal base or gold.
Because dental crowns cup over your natural teeth, they have many applications and can be used to restore a damaged tooth or correct certain cosmetic problems:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Broken fillings
- Severely decayed teeth
- Large, discolored fillings
- Badly stained teeth
- Poorly proportioned teeth
A dental bridge fills the empty space left by a missing tooth. This is referred to as a fixed bridge. The bridge is usually made as a single unit held in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. Fixed bridges not only improve your appearance, but also prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into the space left by a missing tooth.
What Does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
In most cases, we can place a crown or bridge in as little as two to three visits. First, we prepare your natural tooth to receive the restoration and then impressions are taken of your teeth. The impression accurately represents the position of your natural teeth so that your restoration fits perfectly.
The impressions are sent to a special dental lab and are used to create your permanent restoration. When you return to our office in about two weeks, Dr. Caddell will make any alterations necessary to ensure a proper fit. Finally, the restoration is cemented permanently into place.
Caring for Your Restoration
Before you leave our office, we will give you instructions on caring for your new restoration. Your new restoration looks great and functions like a normal tooth, but keep in mind that it needs the same diligent care as your natural teeth to prevent damage and early replacement. Simply follow a program of good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, and your new restoration will last for many years.
Please Contact Our Office for More Information
Your oral health is our top priority, and we will work with you to find the solution that is right for you. Please contact our Graham dental office, and a friendly member of our team will be happy to arrange an appointment for a consultation.