If you crack a tooth, develop a deep cavity, or lose a permanent tooth, crowns and bridges can restore your smile, as well as your chewing and biting abilities. At UpcareClinics in Olathe, Kansas, their team regularly uses crowns and bridges to address tooth damage and decay. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Crowns and bridges treat damaged, decaying, or missing teeth.
Crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that cover the entire portion of a tooth that sits above the gumline. They restore a cracked, chipped, discolored, or decaying tooth to its original size, strength, shape, and appearance.
Receiving a crown prevents further damage to your tooth. This eliminates the need for an extraction, ensuring your smile stays healthy for years to come.
Bridges are an oral prosthetic that fills a gap caused by a missing permanent tooth. A bridge features a false tooth (pontic) and, most often, two dental crowns. The false tooth fills the gap in your smile, and your UpcareClinics provider bonds the crowns to the healthy teeth on either side of the space.
A dental bridge prevents gum recession and ensures your teeth don’t move out of place. It’s a long-lasting, durable solution that keeps your smile healthy and intact.
The team at UpcareClinics uses dental crowns for several reasons:
Dental bridges aren’t as versatile. The team uses bridges to fill a gap or space in your smile caused by a lost or extracted permanent tooth. Fixed bridges can also attach to a dental implant, providing a longer-lasting treatment solution.
Yes. Getting a crown or bridge usually takes two separate appointments.
At the first appointment, your UpcareClinics provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays. Afterward, they administer a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider takes impressions of your tooth and sends the impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your crown.
Preparing your mouth for a bridge is very similar. The only difference is that your provider takes impressions of the healthy teeth aside from the gap in your smile. Your provider then sends these impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your bridge.
A week or two later, you return to UpcareClinics. Your provider lines up your crown or bridge and bonds it in place. You leave the office with a healthy smile.
If you’re interested in learning more about crowns and bridges, schedule an appointment at UpcareClinics. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.