If you are dealing with severe dental decay or damage, a simple filling isn’t enough to restore the health of your smile. But you don’t want a noticeable silver or gold restoration jarring with the rest of your teeth, either. We’ve got good news for you and your smile: Dr. Hendricksen is prepared with the all-ceramic restoration in Goode, VA. It’s an aesthetic alternative to metal crowns and bridges!
Dental ceramic or porcelain is a biocompatible material that looks, acts, and feels just like your natural tooth enamel. It reflects light like the rest of your teeth, but it is also highly resistant to stains. That means your crown or bridge stays white for years after its application.
Dental crowns and bridges are used for restoring severely damaged or decayed teeth, or for filling the gaps in a smile after tooth loss. A dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that fits directly over the affected tooth. Multiple crowns attached together make up a dental bridge, used for replacing one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge works by attaching crowns to the two surrounding teeth to support the crowns that fill the space in between.
The dental crown can perform the following functions:
- Restoring teeth after significant decay or damage
- Replacing one or more missing teeth
- Repairing a broken or malfunctioning filling
- Making cosmetic improvements to imperfect front teeth
- As the final step in a root canal
Dental crowns can also be retained by dental implants for highly-effective tooth replacement.
When you need an all-ceramic restoration, you can expect the treatment to be completed over two to three visits to your dentist’s office. In the first, your tooth enamel is reshaped to make room for the dental crown(s). Dental impressions are taken for the manufacture of your crown. You leave this initial appointment with a temporary crown, and the permanent one is created in the time between visits. A couple of weeks later, you return to our office for its final placement.
When cared for properly, all-ceramic restorations should last for years and years after their application. Maintenance for a crown or bridge involves regular brushing and flossing and routine visits to the dentist. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and brush in gentle circular motions to properly clean your crown or bridge. Concentrate on the area at the base of the restoration when flossing to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Healthy surrounding teeth and gums will ensure the continued success of your crown or bridge.
Don’t put off necessary restorative dental care out of a concern for the aesthetics of your smile. Tooth decay and damage don’t get better on their own. But with an all-ceramic restoration, your dentist in Goode, VA can renew your dental health while preserving the natural beauty of your teeth! Contact our office to schedule an appointment for experienced restorative dentistry today. We can’t wait to help you enjoy a healthy, happy smile once again.