Lifelike Crowns and Bridges to Restore Your Smile
For many years, crowns and bridges have been some of the most trusted dental restorations available. Although they are not a new treatment, Jacksonville Dentist Dr. Lysandro Tapnio uses advanced technology and materials. In this way, he can provide durable restorations that will blend with your smile. Crowns will fit all the way over your damaged teeth to strengthen them and repair structural damage. These restorations can also hold dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Tapnio will not only double check the appearance of your restoration. He will also make sure that your crown or bridge does not upset the balance or alignment of your bite. In this way he can ensure your overall oral health and comfortable function. Contact us today to learn more about crowns and bridges and to find out if they are right for you.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap, made to look like your natural teeth. By covering up your entire tooth, a crown can perform various restorative functions. First, it can stabilize a weakened or structurally damaged tooth. A crown can also cover up a cavity that is too extensive for a filling, and it can restore your tooth after root canal therapy. Dr. Tapnio may recommend a tooth-colored crown for esthetic reasons. For example severe internal staining, a misshapen tooth, or an unusually sized tooth can all be good reasons to receive a dental crown.
To create room for the restoration, Dr. Tapnio will need to reshape your original tooth. He will work carefully, preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. In addition to his gentle techniques, he will use powerful local anesthesia. Therefore, you should experience little discomfort, if any, during the preparatory process. After readying your tooth, Dr. Tapnio will take impressions, which technicians will use to create your crown. He will place a temporary crown to prevent sensitivity while you wait. When the final restoration is back in our office, you and Dr. Tapnio will make sure it fits correctly. Once you are satisfied with the look of your restoration, he will attach it to your tooth with composite resin.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a trusted method for replacing missing teeth. Bridges are made with two crowns on either end. One or more entirely new prosthetic teeth (also called “pontics”), will sit in the middle to fill in the gap in your smile. Receiving a dental bridge is very much like the crowning process. Dr. Tapnio will examine your teeth and overall dental alignment. Then he will reshape the teeth on either side of the gap. He will take impressions and order a custom restoration to match your smile. As with crowns, he can usually provide a temporary removable bridge while you wait. With this restoration, you will maintain most of your dental function. After the final bridge is back from the lab, Dr. Tapnio will attach the crowns on the ends of the bridge to your prepared teeth with composite resin.
In addition to these traditional methods of restoration, Dr. Tapnio can also place dental implants to support your crown or bridge. Implant-supported restorations typically offer the highest degree of stability and durability. Unlike traditional restorations, they do not necessitate reshaping your adjacent teeth. Finally, they can prevent your jawbone from receding. In turn, your healthy jaw will help prevent further tooth loss. Dr. Tapnio will carefully determine your candidacy for implants. Then he can provide full implant services here in our office.
Schedule a Restorative Consultation
Learn more about crowns and bridges and receive your custom-designed restoration. Contact our office today to book an appointment with Dr. Tapnio.