1465 W Main St
Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-5527

The Ways Crowns and Bridges Can Help Your Smile

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Smile gaps and failing teeth discourage people of all ages and walks of life. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Carpenter offers lifelike dental crowns and bridges in his Sun Prairie, WI, office. Made from premium quality porcelain, these restorations optimize smile appearance and function.

What is a dental crown?

Simply put, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that covers the damaged tooth structure to the gum line. Customized from realistic porcelain, your crown will be strong and long-lasting, effectively halting oral health problems such as:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • Dental abscess, or infection (root canal therapy must be performed first)
  • Dental fracture from a fall or blow to the mouth
  • Congenitally weak or inappropriate shape and size
  • Deep intractable stains from prescription medications and traumatic injury

Porcelain crowns also restore cutting-edge dental implants, the best tooth replacement choice available today.

What is bridgework?

Our Sun Prairie dentist uses fixed bridgework to span smile gaps consisting of one, two or more teeth. Pontic, or artificial teeth, are anchored by porcelain crowns bonded to natural teeth on either side of the empty space.

Another bridgework option is support provided by titanium dental implants surgically placed in the jaw. Either way, patients are pleased by their improved personal appearance, clear speech and optimized biting and chewing. Implant-supported bridgework also strengthens jaw bone health, density, height and width.

Care of bridges and crowns

Bridges and crowns have a lifespan of a decade or more. However, diligent oral hygiene is critical to their longevity.

So, be sure to:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once daily to keep crown margins free of sticky plaque and hard tartar.
  • See Dr. Carpenter and your dental hygienist for semi-annual examinations and professional cleanings.
  • Be very careful to avoid biting and chewing hard foods, such as candy apples, and non-foods, such as your fingernails.
  • Contact your dentist right away with any concerns you may have about your crowns and bridgework.

Are crowns and bridges right for you?

During an informative consultation, Dr. Robert Carpenter and his dedicated team will help you understand your options, the treatment process, budget and other important details. Enjoy a complete, strong and attractive smile once again! Phone us for a convenient appointment: (608) 837-5527.