When your tooth is so severely damaged it can’t be restored with a simple filling, you may require a crown or bridge to either cover and protect the damaged tooth or replace a tooth that was removed. In the past, this often required multiple trips to the dentist because the crowns and bridges needed to be ordered and custom created at an offsite laboratory. Today, Thomas Dental offers same-day crowns and bridges because everything is made onsite. We take great pride in making sure you leave our office with a restored smile.
Crowns are a tooth-shaped cover placed over a severely damaged tooth to restore the structure and improve its appearance. There are many reasons individuals choose dental crowns as their tooth restoration, including:
- Root canals
- Altering the appearance
- Improving function
- Correcting misshapen teeth
In order to place a dental crown, we will shave down the existing tooth to ensure the crown adheres properly. After an impression is taken of your tooth, we will create the custom crown right in our own lab, all while you wait. We will then secure the crown in place on your existing tooth and teach you how to properly care for it so it will last as long as possible.
When a tooth is damaged beyond repair and needs to be removed, dental bridges can be a suitable solution to replace the tooth, especially if you don’t qualify for dental implants or they are too expensive. Bridges can actually replace several missing teeth, restoring the appearance of your smile and helping you chew and talk with confidence again. For most patients, permanent bridges are the ideal option. However, in some situations, we may recommend partial bridges to help give you the smile you’re looking for.
Removable bridges are attached with metal clasps or other attachments to adhere the false teeth to the surrounding structure. Unlike dentures, these bridges hold securely in place while eating and talking. However, they can be removed for easier cleaning and can safely be removed and replaced as needed.
When you choose fixed dental bridges, they will be permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the structure, which may include shaving back those teeth similar to installing a crown. While this bonding is often used, these bridges can now also be installed with dental implants, creating a more secure structure so you can eat, talk and smile with confidence.
We will work with each of our patients to determine which option is right for your tooth replacement needs.