Dental Crowns and Bridges
Restoring Smiles to Their Natural Beauty and Strength
Do you have missing, decayed, or fractured teeth that are taking away from the beauty and function of your smile? These problems not only affect your appearance, but they can also affect your oral health and chewing ability. Thankfully, at Dental Innovations, our team of expert dentists offer custom-made dental crowns and dental bridges in Montgomeryville to restore your smile back to its beautiful and strong appearance. If you have teeth that are missing, severely decayed, or weakened, contact our office to discuss your options.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are custom-made covers that individually cap the entire visible portion of your tooth to improve its appearance, strength, and function. Dental crowns typically take 2 appointments to prepare and finalize your restoration.
During your first appointment, one of our dentists will remove a very small amount of your tooth to accommodate your crown. Then, they will take impressions of your smile to develop a crown that matches your teeth’s natural color and appearance. You’ll be given a temporary crown to wear until your next appointment, where one of our dentists will place and finalize your crown.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Fixed bridges get their name because they bridge the gap to replace one or more teeth that are missing consecutively. Dental bridges are fixed to dental crowns or the remaining teeth in your natural smile to keep them anchored and in place. They differ from traditional dentures because they are stabilized by the teeth or crowns adjacent to the gap. Dental bridges not only fill in your smile, but they also improve your biting power and ability to speak.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?
Both dental bridges and dental crowns in Montgomeryville have the ability to improve the strength and appearance of your smile. Our experienced team takes special images and impressions to provide a precise match to your natural smile. Your smile will not only be restored, but you’ll receive an immediate boost in confidence after seeing your completed grin. Additionally, you’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about debris getting caught in gaps or pain from a weakened tooth.
How to Determine if You need a Crown or Bridge
You may need a dental crown if you:
- Have a severely decayed tooth
- Are unhappy with the shape or look of a tooth
- Have a tooth with an existing filling that needs support
- Need to restore a dental implant
- Have an injured, chipped, or cracked tooth
If you have any of these issues, our dentists will give your mouth a careful examination to decide whether a crown is right for you. If your smile is missing multiple teeth consecutively, you could be a great candidate for dental bridges. The best way to find out is to schedule an appointment. Our highly-trained dental team will examine your smile to decide which option is best for you. Contact our office today to get started on a beautifully restored set of teeth.
Dental Crown FAQs
Some patients feel nervous about getting a dental crown because they aren’t sure what to expect from the procedure or how hard it will be to take care of it. Before we begin your treatment, our dentists at Dental Innovations will make sure that you know all of the details of the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have. In the meantime, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from patients below.
How long do crowns last?
With the proper daily maintenance, dental crowns in Montgomeryville typically last anywhere between five and 15 years. The lifespan of a restoration is usually determined by factors such as the amount of wear and tear they’re exposed to, the quality of your dental hygiene practices, and whether you have bad habits such as teeth grinding and nail-biting. If you do struggle with any of these issues, our team at Dental Innovations may be able to help extend the lifespan of your crown by protecting your teeth from these factors. We also offer CEREC one-visit restorations, which are just as strong and durable as traditional crowns because they’re precisely made.
Does it hurt to get a dental crown?
Before we can permanently place your crown over your tooth, we’ll need to prepare it by making it small enough to comfortably fit in your mouth and integrate with your remaining natural teeth. There’s no need to worry though, we’ll make sure you’re completely numb beforehand so you won’t feel an ounce of pain.
After we have crafted your crown using advanced CEREC technology, we’ll place it on your prepared tooth. Because we make your restoration in-office, you won’t have to worry about needing to have a temporary crown placed. This is because we’ll be able to immediately place your permanent dental crown in that same appointment. When we cement the crown to your tooth, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort either.
How can I make my dental crown last longer?
At Dental Innovations, we craft our crowns using the highest quality materials that can withstand daily use like biting and chewing. However, certain habits and maintenance issues could shorten the lifespan of your restoration. Here are some ways you can get the most out of your crown:
- Avoid biting on your fingernails, ice, pens, or anything that’s hard and could potentially break your crown.
- Keep up with your dental hygiene routine to keep your underlying tooth healthy.
- Protect yourself from potential oral injuries by getting a mouthguard if your play sports or are physically active.
- If your crown doesn’t feel like it fits properly, immediately address the issue with an experienced dentist at Dental Innovations.
If you have any questions or concerns about getting a dental crown in Montgomeryville, don’t hesitate to contact our office today! Our skilled team of dentists will be more than happy to address your concerns in full detail.