Crowns and Bridges

Nothing can make you as self-conscious about your smile as teeth that are damaged or missing.

Not only can it be embarrassing, but damaged or missing teeth can make it more difficult to chew foods. You may also be putting the healthy teeth in your mouth at risk—particularly if you have gaps left by missing teeth.

Depending on your situation, there are two dental restorations available to correct your smile: dental crowns and bridges. Both of these are permanent restorations that will enable you to eat and speak naturally—and without any self-consciousness.

You don’t have to live with missing or damaged teeth—and you shouldn’t! Call Dr. Jeffrey Stasch today to find out if a dental crown or bridge will repair your smile as well as your self-confidence.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a common restoration used to repair a tooth that has been damaged or weakened. Many people come in needing a dental crown when a large filling at the back of their mouth has begun to fracture. Often the filling is just too big and there is too little of the tooth left to repair it with another filling. Dental crowns will “cap” the damaged tooth, strengthening it, preventing further damage, and giving you back your full tooth function.

Dental crowns can also be used cosmetically in situations where teeth are oddly shaped or discolored. They can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.

Dental crowns are almost always used after a root canal procedure. When the infected pulp of the tooth is removed, the tooth structure that is left becomes brittle and weak. A dental crown strengthens it, giving you back full use of your tooth.

CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns

In the past, you had to come in for a dental crown over the course of at least two appointments. In your first visit to the office, the dentist would prepare your tooth to receive the crown, then take a mold of the tooth structure that remained. Taking the mold of the tooth isn’t painful, but many patients find that this procedure, which involves a goopy paste-like substance, to be uncomfortable and annoying.

With CEREC same-day technology, your dentist will still prepare the tooth to receive the crown, but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of gag-inducing pastes, a digital impression will be made of your tooth. This is sent directly to the CEREC machine, and your custom crown is created while you wait.

Once the crown has been fabricated, it will be permanently cemented into place, with any necessary adjustments taking place during that same appointment. It’s that easy!

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a good option for many people who are missing one or more teeth.

A dental bridge will literally "bridge the gap" left by missing teeth. It’s important to fill in the space before the rest of your teeth begin to shift. That movement can cause an entirely new set of problems that jeopardize your remaining teeth.

A bridge looks natural and is made to blend in with your teeth. It can be cemented into place using either your natural teeth or two dental crowns placed adjacent to the space.

Not only will you not have to worry about a gap in your mouth showing if you smile, but you’ll be able to chew normally again as well.

Find Out More about Dental Crowns and Bridges

Don’t wait to take care of teeth that are damaged or missing. Protect the health of your remaining teeth by talking to Dr. Stasch about a custom treatment plan.