Dental Crowns and Bridges
No matter how well you care for and maintain your teeth, most of us need to have a tooth repaired at some point.
Both Dr. Patel and Dr. Girgis believe in being as conservative as possible with the treatment they recommend; however, if a tooth becomes fractured, damaged, or injured beyond what a filling can repair, they may recommend a dental crown to restore your smile.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Designed to fit over your tooth like a “cap,” a crown actually replaces your whole tooth structure with a new porcelain tooth. Your new tooth is custom designed to match your existing teeth and will function just like your natural tooth, while protecting your natural root structure. A crown will allow you to eat, chew, floss, and brush just as you always did, and high quality porcelain is a very reliable and durable replacement for your tooth.
A tooth that has sustained excessive wear, a root canal, an injury, or a severe fracture may be a good candidate for a porcelain crown. The process typically takes a couple of appointments and two to four weeks to complete from start to finish. You will wear a temporary crown while a dental laboratory fabricates your crown based on Dr. Patel or Dr. Girgis’s direction. Once your crown is complete, you’ll have full function and beauty restored to your smile and no one will ever notice your dental work.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
For those patients who struggle with a missing tooth, a dental bridge may be the right treatment recommendation. Using two crowns that anchor to your existing teeth, a prosthetic tooth attached to the crowns literally “bridges” the gap and fills in the space left by your missing tooth. A bridge also works well for replacing multiple adjacent missing teeth.
Dr. Patel and Dr. Girgis use their artistry and skill to design your bridge to match your remaining teeth and naturally complete your smile. It’s important to keep your anchor teeth healthy with regular dental visits and excellent home care to ensure the longevity of your bridge. With the proper care, your bridge can last for many years.
At Modern Day Smiles, we take every measure to help you prevent dental treatment from becoming a necessity; however, if you should find yourself with a tooth in need of repair, you can rest assured that you’re working with two top dental professionals when you choose Dr. Patel or Dr. Girgis.
We know you’ll appreciate the personalized dental care you receive from our team. Contact our office today to learn more about dental crowns or bridges or to schedule your next appointment.