Broken, cracked, or missing teeth can lead to pain, discomfort, and further tooth loss. The team at Lone Oak Dental would love to provide you with a solution such as a crown or bridge. When you first meet us, we will listen to your concerns and desires about your oral health goals as well as the role that finances play in your decisions.
A crown or “cap” is a hard protective shell placed on top of the tooth. It prevents a tooth from breaking further and restores the tooth to its original size, shape, and feel. Crowns are often used on a tooth that has had a root canal to protect it. Dental research tells us that any back tooth that has had a root canal needs to have a crown to prevent the tooth from breaking.
Before we fit your tooth for a crown, we will pick the right color to match your smile. We use only the best materials for crowns to ensure that they look right and last a long time.
While you are numb, your tooth will be shaped for the crown and a mold taken of your tooth. This mold is sent to a high quality dental laboratory where your crown is constructed. You will leave our office with a temporary crown, which will protect your tooth between visits to our office.
After 2-3 weeks, the permanent crown will be cemented on your tooth, and you will leave our office with a comfortable, smooth new tooth! We anticipate that your dental crown will last about 15 to 25 years.
A bridge is used to replace one or two missing teeth. Bridges are a single unit that contains an artificial tooth secured to adjacent teeth with crowns.
To start the process, we make sure you’re completely numb. Then Dr. Jordan goes to work to prepare adjacent anchor teeth to accommodate your new crowns.
A custom mold is taken of your mouth, and you will leave our office with a temporary bridge that will protect your teeth between visits. The mold taken of your teeth is sent to a high quality dental laboratory where your bridge is made.
When you return, the final bridge will be cemented in place, replacing the tooth or teeth that were missing. The final product will look like your original teeth and last for years to come. Your smile will be back to where it once was!
Crowns and bridges are excellent options for fixing or replacing broken or cracked teeth. Dr. Jordan has extensive training and experience in performing these procedures. He, along with his team, would be more than happy to help you restore your smile to its original beauty and functionality. You will leave with peace of mind, knowing your teeth are well taken care of.
If you are interested in learning more about a crown or bridge, or if you have broken, cracked or missing teeth, please call our office to schedule an appointment today!