Dental Crowns and Bridges Restore Gaps in Your Smile
Custom metal-free dental crowns and bridges placed at our Mesa practice can complete your smile if you are missing teeth or have teeth that are weakened, decaying, or otherwise damaged. Prosthetic teeth have been a staple of dentistry for thousands of years - fortunately, today's crowns and bridges look absolutely natural, are incredibly strong, and can be placed painlessly within your smile. Dr. E Mark Wade provides zirconium crowns and bridges, which are incredibly durable and look completely natural . If you have lost a tooth, or need to restore a tooth following a root canal or other treatment, contact our Mesa practice to learn more about dental crowns and bridges.
Placing Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a tooth after it is treated for trauma or decay. Crowns are typically the finishing touch in a root canal procedure. If you have a cavity that goes untreated long enough to allow decay to reach the pulp in the center of the tooth, it can result in infection, an abscess, and eventually, loss of bone mass in the jaw. A root canal involves the removal of the tooth's pulp, along with the decayed portions of the tooth's outer structure. An impression is taken of the treated tooth, which is sent to an offsite laboratory, where your crown will be created over the course of one to three weeks. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary crown over the tooth.
When your permanent crown is completed, you will return to our office. Dr. Wade will "try in" your crown to ensure a proper fit. Any necessary adjustments will be made at this time. Finally, the crown will be cemented into place, and you can leave our office with a smile that is balanced, natural-looking, and functional.
Dental bridges are replacement teeth that rely upon either adjacent teeth or a dental implant for support. Two adjacent teeth can be fitted with crowns, which will hold the bridge between them. Once the adjacent teeth have been prepped to accommodate crowns, a mold will be taken of the teeth and the gap. This will be sent an offsite lab to create the necessary restorations within about one to three weeks. In the meantime, you will wear temporary crowns. When your restorations are complete, you will return to our office to have them placed.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone, taking the place of tooth roots. An implant requires two surgeries, and three to six months of healing time, but can potentially provide a lifetime of support for a dental bridge. The advantages of this method are that it requires no alteration to existing teeth, and it can help you retain bone mass in your jaw. Dr. Wade can help you determine which method of support will best meet your needs.
Learn More about Dental Crowns and Bridges
If you are missing a tooth, or have a tooth in need of treatment for decay or trauma, we can restore form and function to your smile. To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, contact our Mesa office serving Chandler, Tempe, and Gilbert.