Get Your Smile Back
If you have issues with damaged, broken, or missing teeth, dental crowns or bridges may be the solution you need. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Paul Felder, can help you regain your beautiful smile and improve your oral health.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are custom-made covers that fit over damaged, decayed, or broken teeth. They restore the shape, size, and function of your tooth while improving your smile's appearance.
New technology has enhanced the process of dental crowns, so you'll get a perfect reproduction of your tooth that's indistinguishable from your natural smile.
Crowns can be made of various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination. The new cosmetically duplicated tooth is bonded to your existing tooth and can be a permanent solution.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
The process of getting a crown requires two appointments:
Dr. Felder will prepare your tooth by removing any decay or damage and shaping the tooth to fit the crown. Next, he'll take an impression of your tooth that we'll send to a dental laboratory to create your custom crown.
A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth to protect it until the permanent one is ready.
At your second visit, Dr. Felder will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. Then you can show off your stunning smile for the rest of your life.
What Are the Benefits
Dental crowns can provide several benefits, including:
- Protecting a weak or damaged tooth from further damage
- Restoring the shape, size, and function of a tooth
- Improving the appearance of your smile
- Preventing tooth decay and gum disease
- Replacing a large filling that is no longer effective
- Strengthening a tooth after a root canal treatment
How to Care for Your Crowns
Caring for your crown is essential to maintaining your smile long-term. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash regularly. Avoid biting and chewing on hard objects, such as ice or hard candy, which can damage your crown.
Regular dental checkups with Dr. Felder are also crucial to monitor the health of your crown and surrounding teeth.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are another option at Aspire Dental for replacing missing teeth. They're similar to crowns, but instead of covering a single tooth, they cover multiple teeth to bridge the gap left by a missing tooth.
Bridges are supported by the teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth. Like crowns, bridges can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination.
How Bridges Work
Bridges work by filling in the gap left by a missing tooth. They're custom-made to fit your mouth and are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth. Bridges can improve your ability to chew and speak properly, and they can also help prevent other teeth from shifting out of place.
The usual process for dental bridges at Aspire Dental is to connect two dental crowns with a pontic (false) tooth. The two crowns support this "bridge" and help keep the other teeth from shifting.
Types of Bridges
Traditional bridges: This is the most common type of bridge. A traditional bridge is made up of one or more false teeth that are held in place by dental crowns. Dr. Felder cements the crowns onto the abutment teeth on either side of the gap.
Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only use one abutment tooth to support the false tooth or teeth. We typically recommend this type of bridge for certain situations where only one tooth is next to the gap.
Maryland bridges: Maryland bridges are made up of a false tooth held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. The framework is bonded onto the back of the abutment teeth on either side of the gap.
Implant-supported bridges: These bridges are similar to implant-supported crowns, but they are used to replace multiple missing teeth. The bridge is supported by surgically-placed dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone.
Which Option Is Right for Me?
The decision to get a crown or bridge depends on your needs and circumstances. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a crown may be the best option to restore its function and appearance.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge or implant-supported crown or bridge may be the best option to fill the gap and restore your smile.
The best way to determine which option is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Felder. He'll evaluate your oral health and discuss your treatment options to get the best results for your smile.
Whatever option you choose, rest assured that Dr. Felder and our team at Aspire Dental will help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Get Crowns at Aspire Dental
Crowns and bridges are common dental restorations that can improve the appearance and function of your teeth. They're custom-made to fit your mouth and are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth. With proper care, crowns and bridges can last for many years.
Contact Aspire Dental to schedule a consultation if you need dental restoration. Dr. Felder and our team will give you the highest quality dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.