Even if you do your best to keep your teeth healthy with diligent brushing and flossing, our teeth take on a lot of wear and tear over the years. Sometimes trauma can also damage a tooth.
When you have one or more teeth that are damaged, these teeth might need to be repaired or even extracted before they cause further damage to your smile and health.
Luckily, with today’s modern dentistry, dental crowns and bridges are available to fix existing problems—and prevent future issues from developing.
If you have a damaged tooth or you need to have a tooth extracted, call Ferentchak Family Dentistry. Find out whether a dental crown or bridge is what you need to keep your mouth healthy.
A dental crown fits over a damaged tooth, strengthening it and protecting it from further damage. Many people find they need a dental crown when they have a large filling in a back molar that has become fractured. Often too much of the original tooth structure has been removed to make a replacement filling viable.
The dental crown procedure is simple. The tooth is first prepared for the crown by filing away enough of the structure so that the crown will fit over it and seat properly within the bite. An impression is made of the tooth structure so a crown can be custom-made to fit. When the crown is ready, it is cemented into place permanently.
Taken care of properly, crowns can last for many years. We design crowns to look natural and blend in beautifully with your dentistry.
At Ferentchak Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer our patients same-day crowns. We use the E4D Dentist System, which enables us to create a digital impression of the tooth structure. Goopy impressions are a thing of the past with this cutting-edge technology.
The procedure is similar to that of a traditional dental crown once the impression is made—except the specifications for the crown are sent to a computer here in our office instead of a remote lab. There, a virtual model of your teeth is created and the crown is designed to reflect the appropriate color and shape to blend in with your smile. The biting and chewing surface is also carefully considered for correct function and comfort.
The milling unit for fabricating the crown is also located in our office, and the restoration is prepared while you wait. When it’s ready, it will be placed over the tooth structure, checked for comfort and bite alignment, and then cemented into place in a single office visit.
Our same-day dental crowns are free of metal so there is no telltale dark ring at the bottom of the crown for improved esthetics and a natural appearance.
If you are missing teeth, you have probably noticed that talking and chewing are more difficult. What you might not know is that missing teeth can cause other problems if they are not taken care of.
Leaving a gap in your teeth untreated will lead to shifting of your other teeth as they move to fill in the empty space. Over time, this can lead to problems with your bite as well as gum disease and other disorders, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.
A dental bridge will take care of the gap left behind by missing teeth. A permanent bridge is cemented to either dental crowns on your natural teeth, if they are healthy, or to dental implants on either side of the empty space. Your bridge will be made to look similar to your natural teeth.
Not only will you be able to chew and speak normally, but your remaining teeth will be protected from shifting.
Don’t let damaged or missing teeth grow into even bigger problems. Call Ferentchak Family Dentistry today!