Restorative dentistry includes fillings, bonding, crowns (Caps), fixed partials (Bridges) and Implants. These solutions restore the natural function of your teeth. Dazzling Smiles offers crowns and bridges for patients who need to replace one tooth or several teeth.
Crowns are ideal for when a patient’s existing tooth is broken or has large cavities, but does not need to be removed. It often requires 2 to 3 visits to complete the process. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth after removing any decay. Impressions of the prepared tooth are taken and sent to a laboratory to create the crown. A temporary crown or cap, which is made of plastic, is placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. If the temporary falls out, patients should call the office as soon as possible.
A bridge is an option for patients who need to replace one or more missing teeth. Tooth or teeth loss can affect not only the way you look, but also your speech and chewing efficiency. Bridges are usually a false tooth or teeth suspended between two crowns. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used and are made of porcelain fused to metal, which is an excellent combination of strength and aesthetics.
Similar to crowns, on your first visit the abutment teeth are prepared for the crowns. A temporary bridge is made to protect the exposed teeth while the permanent bridge is being made. On your second visit, the permanent bridge is checked, fitted, and adjusted. Once the patient feels comfortable, it can be placed with permanent cement.