Dental Crowns and Bridges
Our goal at Scheich Family Dentistry is to help our patients attain a confident, attractive smile and strong, healthy teeth that function as they should. However, all too often, life has other plans, and the result is broken and missing teeth that might require a dental crown or bridge to resolve.
When We Recommend Dental Crowns
A crown is a dental restoration we use when a filling isn’t sufficient to repair a damaged tooth. We custom design each crown to fit perfectly over your tooth like a little cap, protecting it from chewing forces and restoring function and comfort.
Some common situations where our Castle Pines dentists might recommend a dental crown are:
- Reinforce a badly decayed or broken tooth
- Secure a dental bridge in place
- Restore function and appearance to a dental implant
- Protect and strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
None of us wants to experience tooth loss, whether it’s the result of an accident or advanced decay or gum disease. If you need to replace missing teeth, you have several options, including dental implants, dentures, and fixed bridges.
A fixed bridge works by spanning the gap between two missing teeth and placing an artificial tooth in the space. This tooth is called a pontic, and it is secured in place with dental crowns affixed to teeth on either side of the space.
The Process for Getting Crowns and Bridges
If you have a broken or missing tooth, the first step is an appointment with Dr. Stephanie or Dr. Jeff to evaluate your needs. They’ll examine the tooth and take digital x-rays and intraoral images that they share with you on your chairside monitor. You will see what your dentist sees, making it easy to understand why you need treatment.
Preparing Your Teeth for a Crown or Bridge
First, we need to create some space to compensate for the bulk of the crown, and we do this by removing a layer of enamel and reshaping the tooth. Next, we take dental impressions that we use to create a 3-D model of your teeth that an outside dental lab will use to custom-craft your new restoration.
Our dentists will work with you to choose the right shade of white for your crown or bridge so that it blends seamlessly into your smile. The final step for this visit is to place a temporary crown or bridge to protect your teeth and allow you to chew on the teeth while you wait for the lab to prepare your restoration.
Placing Your New Restoration on Your Tooth
It takes about 2-3 weeks for skilled technicians to painstakingly fabricate your restoration to our specifications. When it is ready, you will return to our Castle Pines dental office for your final visit.
The next step is to make any adjustments needed to the crown or bridge to fit comfortably and doesn’t interfere with your dental bite. Finally, we will polish the restoration and cement it securely in place.
How to Care for Your New Crown or Bridge
Our dental crowns are designed using high-quality, durable materials like porcelain or zirconia. Brush and floss as you usually do, and in the case of bridgework, ask your hygienist about floss threaders or other oral hygiene aids to get into the hard-to-reach places.
With proper care, your new restoration can last as long as ten years.
Help for Broken and Missing Teeth in Castle Pines, CO
If you need a solution for broken or missing teeth, Dr. Jeff and Dr. Stephanie would love to meet with you. Please call us at (720) 733-7799 to schedule a convenient appointment.