Crowns are great options when someone has a broken tooth, or a really large cavity. Some people with just very big silver fillings that are falling apart need to have a little more coverage than just your basic filling, so what a crown will do is cover the entire tooth and protect it. We use great materials nowadays, porcelain ... it looks exactly like a tooth, so you really wouldn't even know it was done.
A lot of times if you're replacing a broken tooth or a silver tooth, it's going to look a lot better. We use bridges in situations where someone is missing a tooth ... that allows us to connect the tooth behind the space to the tooth in front of the space with a whole, fake tooth that looks exactly like a normal tooth. They can function and smile, and act totally normally with that in place.
Protecting Teeth With Dental Crowns
There are times when a tooth has damage too big for fillings. It could be a cavity that grew too large, or damage from an accident like a chip or crack. In these cases, we can use a dental crown. Shaped like a real tooth, a crown is a cap that covers the visible part of a tooth. Any damage is sealed up. Plus, the tooth is held tightly together so any cracks won’t grow. Our crowns are made from Bruxzir Solid Zirconia, so they will be both natural-looking and durable.
The Lifespan of Your Crown
In our Phoenix, AZ dental office, getting a dental crown takes only two visits. The procedure is fairly simple. Our restorative dentist, Dr. Cavendish, will first remove a thin layer of enamel so the crown will fit in properly with the rest of your teeth. Careful measurements are made to make the crown, ensuring it looks right and fits properly. We use one of the best labs to create your crown, which usually takes a couple of weeks. In a second appointment, you’ll come back to get the crown placed over your teeth.
Fill Gaps in Smile With Dental Bridges
At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, we want to give you choices in your dental care. What works for one person might not work as well for others. When you are missing a tooth, a dental implant is a great choice. But you need to have healthy bone tissue under the gap or the implant will not work. Instead, you can get a dental bridge. A dental bridge uses a pair of dental crowns — one on each tooth next to the gap — to hold a replacement tooth securely in that space. No surgery is needed.
Repair Enamel with Inlays, Onlays
Cavities are corroded areas in your enamel. They’re caused by harmful bacteria. In effect, they are holes or craters in your teeth. Unless this damage is cleaned and sealed, it will continue to grow worse. Fillings are often used to treat cavities, but for some people, inlays and onlays are the better choice. These are made from Bruxzir Solid Zirconia, an incredibly durable material that will look like your natural enamel. They seal up cavities and allow you to eat without discomfort again.
To learn more about how dental crowns and dental bridges can restore your smile, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Phoenix, AZ dental office today at 602-842-6504 or fill out our online form.