Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are some of the most frequently recommended dental restorations. They’re used to repair severely damaged or decayed teeth, restoring the form and feel of natural dental structure with a variety of materials, including gold, porcelain bonded to metal, and ceramic. For the most cosmetically superior results, we will likely recommend all ceramic restorations. Since they are crafted from a single block of ceramic that’s been precisely shaded to match existing teeth, even after years of regular wear, they retain their brilliance and blend seamlessly into smiles. Dental crowns offer the additional advantage of protecting and preserving remaining dental structure and ensuring the ideal position and alignment of the jaw to prevent strain and potential damage. Dental crown are recommended for a number of reasons, including:
- Advanced tooth decay or damage
- Cosmetic correction for malformed or otherwise flawed teeth
- To protect teeth following root canal therapy
- To replace one to three consecutive missing teeth as part of crown and bridge tooth replacement
- To restore a single tooth dental implant
The Placement Process
Placing a dental crown typically requires two trips to our Satellite Beach dental practice. During the first appointment, Dr. Merrill A. Grant carefully removes a minimal amount of tooth enamel in order to extract any decayed or damaged structure and prepare the tooth to receive a dental crown. Then, we’ll take dental impressions of the prepared teeth that will be used by our trusted ceramics lab to craft a dental crown. In the meantime, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the treated tooth. Once we receive the final restoration, patients return to exchange the temporary for a custom restoration.
Fixed Bridge Tooth Replacement
If you’ve lost several consecutive teeth, a fixed bridge may be the right comfortable, sturdy tooth replacement option. A fixed bridge is comprised of one or more replacement teeth that are connected to two crowns on either side of the replacement teeth. The entire prosthetic is placed as a single unit, filling the gap in smiles left by missing teeth, and it’s connected to surrounding healthy teeth to provide structure and stability for the entire smile. The placement process is very similar to dental crown placement, but rather than repairing a damaged tooth, the dental crowns are placed over surrounding healthy teeth to hold the replacement tooth or teeth securely in place.
In some cases, patients may want to consider a dental implant supported crown or fixed bridge. Dental implants are titanium posts placed below the gum line to restore lost root structure and provide support for replacement teeth without damaging healthy teeth in the process. No dental treatment is right for every patient, but our team is happy to help patients review their options and make the choice that meet their needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.