While our team does everything we can to prevent disease and damage to teeth, the need for restorations is sometimes inevitable. When restoring teeth, Dr. Dovgan strives to protect as much natural tooth structure as possible while improving oral function, comfort, and the aesthetics of a smile. Crowns and bridges are common restorations that are custom made to the unique needs of a patient. These restorations are more extensive than fillings or inlays, which are used to treat small areas of decay. Crowns restore all surfaces of a tooth and bridges replace a lost or failing tooth.
Crowns are essentially caps that are permanently cemented over a damaged or diseased tooth. These tooth-shaped restorations bring a tooth back to its rightful size and shape after it has been injured or damaged. A crown may be placed over a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or severely worn down by bruxism or decay. Dental crowns are also used as a final restoration after root canal treatment.
Since a crown fits over a tooth and in between other teeth, it must be made to very precise measurements. To determine these specifications and create the custom crown, our dentist will need to take impressions of the teeth and use computer imaging technology to configure this restoration’s specifications so that dental technicians can fabricate a crown that perfectly suits a patient’s needs.
When it comes to the materials used to make a custom restoration, patients have a few options from which to choose. Popular materials include porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal alloys.
Bridges are a series of artificial crowns that are connected. Even though bridges consist of crowns, their purpose is different from that of a standard restoration. Instead of restoring a tooth after injury or decay, a bridge will replace missing or failing teeth by closing in the gaps of a smile. A bridge can replace up to four teeth in a row and is connected to biological teeth on each side. This custom series of prosthetics restores a patient’s ability to chew and speak comfortably and improve one’s appearance.
Like crowns, patients can choose which materials are used to fabricate a bridge.
Same-Day Restorations with CEREC
In addition to providing custom made, high quality restorations, our patients can enjoy same-day crowns and bridges with CEREC. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Dovgan can produce a crown chair side in one, convenient appointment. CEREC is a milling machine that cuts crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers from high-quality blocks of ceramic. These restorations and cosmetic enhancements will beautifully blend in with a patient’s smile. CAD/CAM technology, which is used to determine the specifications of a restoration and subsequently fabricate it (similar to a 3D printer), is what makes this service possible.
When it comes to restoring teeth, Dr. Dovgan and our team take a highly individualized approach so that our guests enjoy long lasting dental work. Call us today to reserve an appointment.