A smile gap changes your personal appearance, ability to bite, chew, and speak properly, and also your self-image. So if tooth loss is part of your dental history, you may benefit from bridgework from Dr. R.J. Carpenter. This experienced and skilled dentist crafts lifelike and durable bridgework and also offers dental crowns to support bridges, restore dental implants and protect damaged teeth. What's your dental need?
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a restoration made of porcelain fused to metal or all-porcelain. Custom-made by Dr. Carpenter, tooth-shaped dental crowns cover and support teeth damaged by decay, congenital malformation, oral trauma, repeated restorative work or infection.
A frequently placed restoration, a realistic and strong dental crown provides a wonderful alternative to tooth extraction. It lasts ten years or more when well-cared for with careful brushing, flossing and semi-annual cleanings with Dr. Carpenter.
To determine if a tooth is healthy enough for a crown, Dr. Carpenter inspects it and the surrounding gum tissue. He also takes digital X-ray imaging to evaluate the root and underlying bone. If there's sufficient healthy tooth structure, he can proceed with the restoration.
Placing a crown involves:
What results is a durable, realistic and fully restored tooth.
What is fixed bridgework?
Fixed bridgework spans smile gaps created by the loss of one, two or more adjoining teeth. The artificial, or pontic, teeth are made from tooth-colored ceramic according to oral impressions. They are anchored to neighboring teeth via dental crowns. The larger the smile gap is, the more teeth must be crowned to support the bridge.
Dr. Carpenter recommends bridges for people with healthy gum tissue and strong natural teeth on both sides of the gap. These supporting teeth must be reduced in size to accept the dental crowns that are part of the bridge appliance. Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that with good hygiene practices, a quality bridge will last up to ten years.
R.J. Carpenter DDS and his team will be happy to explain more about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges. Why not schedule a personal consultation? Call the office in Sun Prairie, WI today at (608) 837-5527.