Porcelain Dental Crowns and Bridges in Whitehouse, OH
Breaking or damaging a tooth affects both your appearance and your health. You may find yourself hiding your smile in public or in pictures. A chipped or fractured tooth also puts you at risk for a number of dental issues, including cavities, decay and even tooth loss.
At Dental Health Associates of Whitehouse, Drs. Andrew Huntzinger, Kirk McKibben and Steven Lantzy are committed to offering safe and effective dental solutions that help our patients achieve both optimal oral health and a radiant smile. Crowns and bridges are dental restorations used to restore both the health and look of natural teeth. Crafted from porcelain and custom-made to meet your specific needs, these dental restorations are long-lasting and blend seamlessly into your smile.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth. This dental restoration may be right for you if you have:
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Decayed or otherwise damaged teeth
- A weakened tooth following a root canal
- A dental implant (the crown is placed over the implant)
Can a Dental Bridge Restore Your Smile?
A dental bridge, as the name suggests, bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you have:
- One or more missing teeth
- Teeth that are shifting due to gaps and spaces in your mouth
- Jaw pain due to an uneven bite from missing teeth
There are several types of dental bridges to choose from. A traditional bridge is made of an artificial tooth, supported on either side by a dental crown. The crown is placed on the adjacent teeth while the artificial tooth fills the gap. A cantilever bridge consists of two dental crowns side-by-side and an artificial tooth on one side. A Maryland bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth and two metal bands that are bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth.
Your dental restoration will be crafted to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth. To accomplish this, our dentists will examine your teeth and evaluate your dental needs to determine the best dental restoration for you. Next, we will prepare the tooth or teeth for the restoration by removing a thin layer of enamel. We will also take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your customized dental restoration. It typically takes two weeks to craft your restoration. In the meantime, your dentist will place a temporary restoration to protect your teeth.
Once your permanent restoration is ready, you will return to our office for placement. Our dentist will bond the restoration in place using a strong adhesive material. Next, he or she will make any last-minute adjustments to ensure your crown or bridge is a good fit.
Dental crowns and bridges can last for many years — so long as you take good care of them. This means brushing and flossing them regularly, as well as regular dental checkups with our team. We also advise you to avoid biting down on hard foods and objects (e.g., ice, bottle caps) that can potentially crack or fracture your restoration. Our team can give you a list of guidelines on how to care for your restoration.
To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dental Health Associates of Whitehouse today.