Dental crowns in Simpsonville, Powdersville, and Greenwood are a common restorative procedure. Also known as a “cap,” this restoration can strengthen a weak tooth, restore a decayed tooth, and enhance the appearance of an aesthetically flawed front tooth. Several crowns affixed together fill the gaps left by missing teeth is a dental bridge.
If you have been told you need a dental crown or bridge, you can look forward to a sturdy, attractive restoration when you visit the team at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment option today.
A crown is a covering that restores or enhances the form and/or function of a damaged tooth. It is securely bonded over a tooth that has been reshaped to make room for the restoration.
A dental crown can be made out of gold, ceramic/porcelain, zirconia, or metal alloys. The material that is right for you depends on the location of the tooth and your personal preference. Damaged teeth that are in the front of the smile are best restored with natural-looking ceramic, for example.
A dental bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth (crowns) that are affixed to each other. They fill in the space left by consecutive missing teeth. A traditional fixed bridge is held in place with two crowns placed as anchors on the two surrounding natural teeth.
The dental bridge restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. It also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of alignment and causing orthodontic issues.
Tylan Creek Family Dentistry provides patients with two different types of crowns: CEREC (same-day crowns) and traditional lab fabricated crowns (temporary crown followed by final crown cementation 2-3 weeks later). Each type of crown is used for different purposes. Our dentists at Tylan Creek want to provide patients with the best restoration for their individual needs and they do so by completing an initial examination to determine the health and condition of the existing tooth structure.
Tylan Creek Family Dentistry has invested in advanced CEREC technology. It stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, and it’s a method that allows your dentist to plan for, prepare, and place your crown -- all from the comfort of our office, thanks to CAD/CAM software and an in-house milling machine.
First, your dentist will remove any decay or damaged tissue and reshape your tooth. Enough enamel is removed until it has the form of a cone, with a wider base and narrower at the top. A digital scan is taken of the tooth and sent to the CEREC software, where your dentist creates an electronic blueprint. The crown can be securely bonded on top after it’s manufactured according to your specific measurements.
With proper care, a crown or bridge can last for many years. While decay cannot form on ceramic or other materials, the teeth and gums surrounding your restoration are still vulnerable to cavities and infection.
Continue to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice daily, and floss at least once a day. Wear a sports guard or mouth guard if you play sports or grind your teeth at night. Visit your dentist twice annually for checkups and cleanings -- and get in touch with your dentist right away if your restoration breaks or becomes loose for any reason.
If you have an aching or damaged tooth, don’t hesitate to contact us! Dental crowns in Powdersville, Simpsonville, and Greenwood can restore strength and beauty to your smile! And with advancements in CEREC dentistry it means it’s all possible in just one visit to our office. You are invited to schedule an appointment with our team today.