Restore and Replace Damaged or Missing Teeth With Dental Crowns and Bridges

Jeffery A. Spilman D.D.S. : Dental Bridges And Dental Crowns in St. Petersburg, FL

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Crown and bridge procedures are used to restore teeth. They have become more and more popular as our population has aged. In the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s, silver fillings were the most popular form of filling and as a silver filling wears out, it doesn’t do it gracefully and in many cases it breaks a tooth. Well if it breaks a tooth, it is necessary to put a crown over the tooth to protect it. Bridges imply a crown that is hooked to a crown or two that not only cover teeth but they also fill in a space. A bridge is cemented permanently so a patient would come in for the bridge procedure, it takes two appointments. The first appointment, the tooth or teeth in this case are prepared for the bridge, a nice temporary is fabricated and then two weeks later they get the final product and once again, cemented permanently.

If you have one or more teeth that have been severely damaged due to trauma or decay, you could be a candidate for dental crowns. If you have a missing tooth or if we cannot save a decayed tooth with root canal treatment, extraction and a bridge may be in order. These permanent prosthetic teeth will restore your ability to chew food without pain, and they can restore your confidence in your smile, as well.

Dental Crowns

After a root canal or after a tooth has been significantly damaged, we will usually recommend that   dental crowns be made to protect it. To do this, we will take an impression of your teeth and then contour the affected tooth to form an anchor for the dental crowns procedure.

We will then take an impression of the contoured tooth, and we will send that impression to Glidewell Labs in California, where a custom prosthetic tooth (crown) will be created for you from porcelain, ceramic, or zirconium. We can offer you any of the porcelain crowns that Glidewell carries, and we offer durable, lifelike e.max and Fluxer zirconium crowns if preferred.

Inlays and Onlays

If you do not require an entire crown but the damaged area is too large for a filling, we will recommend an inlay or onlay when appropriate. Inlays are installed in between the cusps, on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, while onlays are created to replace one or more of the cusps and are usually a bit larger than inlays. If more than one cusp is damaged, we will usually recommend a full crown, though.

Dental Bridges

What are dental bridges? Dental bridges is similar to a crown in that it is a permanent prosthetic tooth, but instead of being anchored to a previously damaged tooth, it is made to replace a missing tooth. Dental bridges may be made to be anchored to adjacent teeth, or they may be made to be anchored to dental implants. If you have two or more contiguous implants in need of restoration, we may recommend an implant-anchored bridge.

To find out if one of dental bridges and dental crowns in St. Petersburg, FL treatments is right for your teeth, call our office in St. Petersburg, FL today at 727-645-4727 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.