Breaking or cracking a tooth can happen at any time with little warning. Dental crowns and bridges are reliable ways to protect and preserve damaged teeth, or replace ones that have been lost. While they may restore or improve the look of your smile like many cosmetic dentistry procedures, they also restore the basic functionality of those teeth.
At Robert M. Davis DDS & Associates, we give our patients custom crowns and bridges made from quality materials and fitted for their mouth specifically. If you have dental issues that require a crown or bridge, call us today at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110 to set up your appointment.
Uses for Dental Crowns
One of the more versatile dental products, crowns are made of porcelain or resin and can cover a tooth that has been chipped, broken, or cracked. They encase the broken portion of the tooth, preserving its structural integrity while serving as a replacement for many of the functions the tooth can no longer perform.
Dental crowns are used for many different dental procedures, including:
- Strengthening a tooth that has been damaged
- Covering a tooth that has decayed significantly
- Holding a tooth together after a root canal
- Covering a dental implant
- Holding a dental bridge in place along with an implant
- Improving the aesthetic qualities of an undersized or misshapen tooth
The procedure to create and place a dental crown generally requires two office visits. In the first office visit, Dr. Davis will measure the tooth that is being capped, match the crown’s color to the color of your teeth, and prepare whatever is left of the tooth for placement. On your second visit, he will place the crown, and you can make sure it looks natural next to your other teeth.
Dental bridges are designed to replace multiple missing teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and functionality of your bite. They prevent teeth from shifting awkwardly in the mouth and increasing the wear and tear. Bridges come in different forms depending on the amount of teeth being replaced and the purpose of the bridge.
Dental bridges can be used to:
- Restore gaps in your smile where teeth are missing
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting
- Maintain the alignment of your jaw
- Distribute force evenly among your teeth
- Improve the appearance of your face
- Help you chew, speak, and smile more naturally
To create a dental bridge, Dr. Davis has to measure the gap left by your teeth and prepare surrounding teeth for the procedure. Dr. Davis generally recommends getting dental implants rather than a bridge, but there may be some situations where a bridge is your best option.
Professional Cosmetic Solutions from Dr. Robert Davis
When you want professional comprehensive dental services from a skilled dentist who treats you like an individual, you should visit the dental practice of Robert M. Davis DDS & Associates. Dr. Davis has the experience and understanding necessary to give you an excellent outcome.
To schedule your appointment with Robert M. Davis DDS & Associates today, call us today at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110 or fill out a form at the top of this page. Dr. Davis serves patients in Raytown, Pleasant Hill, and Sedalia.