DENTAL CROWNS & BRIDGES
INCLINE FAMILY DENTISTRY
It is often said that a smile can be one of your best accessories. Here at Incline Family Dentistry in Lakewood, Colorado, we believe that is true. Unfortunately, teeth that are not-so-perfect detract from your overall appearance, rob you of self-confidence and even affect the function of your mouth. Two procedures that can restore the function and appearance of your teeth are dental crowns and dental bridges. These permanent fixtures look and perform like your natural teeth for a flawless smile you can be confident showing.
Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they are used to cover, or cap, damaged teeth that have been repaired or to cover a dental implant.
Crowns may be necessary when:
- An extremely large filling is required, and minimal natural tooth remains
- A tooth is very weak or fractured
- A tooth has received a root canal
Crowns protect and restore severely damaged teeth, giving you back full function in terms of biting, chewing, and speaking. Dental crowns can also be used to attach a dental bridge.
Missing teeth cause serious dental issues such as:
- Jaw bone loss at the site of the missing teeth
- Shifting or loosening of remaining teeth
- Damage to other teeth caused by a shift in your bite
A dental bridge is an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth and preventing these and other issues. In the case of multiple missing teeth, a dental bridge helps prevent unsightly facial collapse.
Dental crowns and bridges are made in a similar way.
First, any existing damaged teeth must be treated and reduced in size so that a crown or bridge will fit over the top. In the case of missing teeth, you move directly to the next step of having an impression made.
From the dental impression, a mold is for the new dental fixture is created. The crown or bridge is made at a dental lab based on specifications provided by our dentist, including the material to use and the color of the crown or bridge. This ensures that your new crown or bridge will match your natural teeth and blend in seamlessly.
If you’re dealing with the frustration of missing teeth, it’s time to call Incline Family Dentistry. We’re a local family practice here to help with all your dental needs in a positive, friendly office environment. Call us today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Barr so that he can help restore your smile.