Fix Damaged Teeth With a Dental Crown
- May 3, 2018
People in the Plainville, CT area should know that there are a number of options for repairing damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth. One of the most versatile is a dental crown. At Gentle Dental Care, you can get a dental crown or other restorative dental treatment to get your smile back into shape.
No matter what kind of dental damage you’ve suffered, you can find a solution for your smile at Gentle Dental Care. Call 860-479-2397 to schedule a consultation.
When Teeth Need Help
Life can be hard on your teeth. Enamel gets worn down over time. Teeth can chip, crack, or even break. The tooth structure may weaken due to decay and no longer be up to the stress of chewing. When your teeth need help, count on the caring, professional staff at Gentle Dental Care. Often the answer to weakened or damaged teeth is a dental crown.
A dental crown is a cap that covers and protects a damaged or weakened tooth. Crowns are often used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal; to strengthen teeth that have large fillings; or to improve the appearance of a tooth.
Crowns are made from a variety of materials. Dr. Peltzer can provide crowns made from porcelain, zirconium, durable e.max, or a combination of materials. Those materials can be shaped and colored to closely resemble the appearance of your other teeth.
Getting a crown usually involved two appointments.
Appointment 1: after numbing the area, the existing tooth is reduced to accept the crown. Impressions of that tooth and others are taken. The impressions guide the dental laboratory that will create the crown. A temporary crown is placed to protect the prepared tooth.
Appointment 2: Once the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Peltzer removes the temporary crown and checks that the size, shape, and color of the tooth are correct. After that, the permanent crown is cemented into place.
Your new crown will look, feel, and function just like your other teeth. With care, crowns can last a very long time.
In some cases where a tooth is too damaged for a filling but you prefer to keep the tooth structure intact, Dr. Pelzer can apply a dental inlay or onlay made of tooth-colored composite to protect the surfaces of your tooth.
When Teeth Go Missing
Teeth can be lost for any number of reasons. Decay may have damaged the tooth beyond repair. In some cases, the tooth literally falls out on its own! In rare cases, Dr. Peltzer may determine that there’s no effective way to save a damaged tooth and recommend that it be extracted.
Some teeth are knocked out by impact. Sports, falls, and accidents are probably the leading causes. When the tooth can’t be reimplanted, you’ll be missing a tooth.
At Gentle Dental Care, many patients find the best solution for the problem of missing teeth is to have Dr. Peltzer place a dental bridge. A bridge is a dental appliance that literally fills the gap where one or more teeth are missing.
Just like a bridge that spans a creek or river, a dental bridge has to be anchored to something. With a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap serve as the anchors. Those teeth are topped with dental crowns to support the bridge. Several appointments are needed.
Appointment 1: The neighboring teeth are prepared to accept dental crowns. Impressions are taken and sent to the laboratory to guide the fabrication of the bridge.
Appointment 2: With the bridge complete, we will test-fit the appliance, make any necessary adjustment, and then cement the crowns in place to support it.
Another option is to use dental implants to support a bridge. Dr. Peltzer can help you determine which solution is right for your smile.
You’ve Got Lots of Restorative Dentistry Options
At Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT, we offer comprehensive, under-one-roof dental care. Using the latest in advanced technology, Dr. Peltzer can expertly address almost any dental need.
If you’re exploring your options for damaged or missing teeth, contact Gentle Dental Care, conveniently located in Plainville, CT, to see if dental crowns or dental bridges are a solution for you. Call 860-920-5534.