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.
Whether restorative or cosmetic, we offer the services to meet your needs.
Our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist, Dr. R.J. Carpenter, wants you to have the smile you’ve always wanted and it’s now easier than ever thanks to all the wonderful advancements in dental technology. Regardless of whether you are dealing with a weak, damaged tooth or you want to improve the color or shape of your smile, we have the treatment you’ve been looking for.
Root Canal Therapy
That nagging toothache may just be trying to tell you that you are dealing with a damaged dental pulp. When this happens, the pulp will need to be removed in order to preserve the rest of the tooth. Decay, infection or trauma can also impact the dental pulp. A root canal can actually conserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.
If you don’t get a root canal when you need it you risk not only losing the tooth but also damaging your jawbone and other surrounding teeth. A root canal could just stop you from needing a tooth extraction down the road, which is a major boon to your oral health.
If you want an artificial tooth that will function as close to natural teeth as possible and you have at least one missing tooth then dental implants could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Just by placing this small metal post into the jawbone, the artificial restoration will fuse together with natural bone and tissue in your mouth over several months. After this, you will have a permanent and formidable foundation from which to support a dental crown. Multiple implants can even be placed to support multiple artificial teeth.
Sometimes you are only looking to cosmetically enhance your smile without wanting to undergo invasive dentistry. Our Sun Prairie cosmetic dentist understands this sentiment, which is why we offer dental veneers. These thin tooth-colored shells are the best way to hide a multitude of dental imperfections from small chips and cracks to crooked or misshapen teeth. Veneers can give you a whole new smile in just a couple trips to our office.
Do you have questions about the dental services we offer in Sun Prairie, WI? If so, call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.