Our family and restorative dentist, Dr. Salter, is proud to offer members of our community quality, custom made restorations. Over time, teeth are susceptible to injury and cavities. When a filling is not enough to restore a tooth, a crown may be used instead to preserve as much tooth as possible while also restoring its biting surface. Bridges, made from a series of crowns, are also an effective solution for addressing tooth loss.
Sometimes referred to as “caps”, dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over a biological tooth. Crowns may be used for a cracked tooth or to restore a significantly damaged tooth. Some patients with extensive decay or tooth wear may require a crown to support oral function and adjacent teeth.
Crowns are custom made for each patient by technicians in a dental laboratory. Since a dental crown is made specifically for a patient, it will fit perfectly over a tooth to restore a patient’s bite. These restorations are crafted from an array of materials from which patients can choose, including all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal alloys such as gold or silver. White crowns made from porcelain or porcelain fused over metal are incredibly life-like. Patients looking for a discreet yet strong restoration typically choose a white crown. Metal alloys like gold and silver might be recommended for the back teeth such as the molars because of their durability.
Bridges are a common prosthetic used to replace lost teeth. When teeth are lost to disease or injury, a patient’s oral health suffers. Not only is an incomplete smile a blow to one’s self-confidence, losing teeth makes eating difficult, and ultimately leads to further tooth loss because neighboring teeth are no longer supported. When teeth lack support, they can shift into empty tooth sockets.
To remedy the effects of tooth loss, a bridge is used to support neighboring biological teeth, restore oral function, and fill in the gaps of a smile. A bridge is constructed with one or more prosthetic crowns and can replace a row of teeth. Each side of the bridge is connected to existing teeth with metal appliances. Bridges are permanently fixed to teeth so that patients enjoy a stable prosthetic for biting food that will not shift or move throughout the mouth.
Dr. Salter provides quality restorations so that patients do not have to suffer with damaged and lost teeth. To schedule an appointment for an examination or restoration, call our office today: (972) 412-0014.