Monroe, LA dentists Dr. Finley and Dr. Henderson provide excellent solutions to damaged or missing teeth through dental crowns or dental bridges. Here is some information on how dental crowns and dental bridges can help you improve your teeth.
A dental crown is a restoration that completely encases or replaces the visible portion of the tooth at and above the gum line. Though crowns can be made of a number of materials, our crowns are made of porcelain. They are mainly used to restore strength, functionality, and appearance to a damaged tooth.
A crown is needed:
- To protect a weak tooth from cracking
- To cover and protect a cracked tooth from breaking
- To cover and strengthen a tooth with a large filling or following a root canal
- To cosmetically alter the appearance of a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth
- To restore a dental implant
- To support a dental bridge
Getting a dental crown usually requires only one visit. With our CEREC same-day crown technology, you will receive your permanent crown immediately. CEREC crowns are produced from 3D images of your tooth right next to your dental chair in only about an hour to 90 minutes. This new technology eliminates the need for uncomfortable, unreliable temporary crowns and allows you to leave the our Monroe, LA dentist office with your permanent restoration in just one visit.
CEREC crowns are durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking. Because they are milled from a solid block of ceramic instead of created using layers, our same-day crowns are stronger than other types of dental restorations. Your new CEREC crown will blend right in with the rest of your natural teeth, restoring your smile to its former beauty!
A dental bridge fills a gap left by missing teeth for a better appearance and for functionality when chewing and speaking. It also keeps remaining teeth from shifting out of their positions, which can impact jaw bone density and facial appearance.
The teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth, are covered with crowns to support the integrity of the teeth which are used as anchors for the bridge. The abutment teeth are either natural teeth or restored implants. Between the abutment teeth is a false tooth (or teeth) to fill the gap called a pontic. A bridge can be made of a number of materials, but often we use porcelain.
It requires two or more dental visits to prepare your teeth and to create and place your dental bridge. At the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared and impressions are taken to be used to make the crowns and the false teeth. We will place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while the bridge is being made. At your second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge is placed and adjusted to achieve the proper fit. It may take another visit or two to make sure it fits properly and restores your bite, before cementing your bridge permanently to your teeth.