Dental Crowns & Bridges in Montgomery County, PA
Dental crowns are a popular solution for teeth that are cracked, chipped, decayed, misaligned or simply unattractive. All flaws disappear under the crown, a strong protective cover which is bonded to the existing tooth to improve appearance and preserve function.
The crown can stabilize a weak tooth, cloak discoloration and flaws, and even be used to anchor a dental bridge. During its expected lifespan of five to 15 years, the crown protects the health and integrity of the tooth within , while adding beauty to your smile.
What are Dental Crowns?
Depending on the condition of the tooth, experienced Montgomery County dentists Dr. Tuck Hunter and Dr. Christin Gadaleta-Ferrara may recommend a porcelain crown as the option that provides the most natural-looking new surface. The porcelain-fused-to-metal variety provides additional strength, but may create a dark line at the gum line. Ceramic crowns are a common choice for front teeth, while resin crowns tend to be less expensive but also wear down more quickly. Metal crowns have the advantage of putting less stress on opposing teeth and are unlikely to crack. Some patients choose this type of crown for molars.
To crown your tooth with a finely proportioned new surface requires two visits. The first appointment is devoted to an exam, X-rays and preparing the tooth to accommodate the permanent crown, which will be custom made at a dental lab using impressions of the target tooth, as well as surrounding teeth (to ensure the crown does not alter your bite). You will be given local anesthetic as your dentist reshapes the existing tooth to allow for a secure fit when the permanent crown is bonded to it.
You will be sent home with an acrylic temporary crown as you wait for the permanent one to be sculpted at the lab. In two to three weeks you’ll return to Skippack Village Dentistry for final placement; under local anesthetic, the temporary crown will be removed and the new one cemented into place.
Dental Bridge Treatment Options
In the case of one or more missing teeth, Dr. Hunter or Dr. Gadaleta-Ferrara may advise the use of a dental bridge, which can be held in place by either two adjacent crowns on natural teeth, or anchored to dental implants.
Options include conventional fixed, cantilever or resin-bonded bridges. With cantilever and conventional bridges, adjacent teeth require reshaping to accommodate the crowns that will be necessary to secure a bridge. Resin-bonded bridges are often appropriate for missing front teeth, and do not require extensive reshaping of surrounding teeth. Bridges are available in a wide range of material choices, including porcelain and metal, various resilient composites, alumina and even zirconia, which, not surprisingly, provides diamond-like strength.
If you would like more information about crowns and bridges, or believe you may have a cavity, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hunter or Dr. Gadaleta-Ferrara. Please contact us at Skippack Village Dentistry by calling (610) 584-9666 or emailing us today.