Dental Crowns and Bridges
Cracking or breaking a tooth is a very common occurrence. Cracks can be caused by anything from chewing hard foods to exposing your teeth to extreme temperatures. A habit of grinding your teeth may also be the culprit. Most of the time, underlying decay is to blame.
A severely broken or decayed tooth can’t be repaired with a simple filling. If you have significant tooth damage or feel a rough area with your tongue, don’t ignore it! Issues such as these can lead to serious dental problems down the road, not to mention interfere with your beautiful smile. Dr. Steven Ellinwood has the perfect solution: custom dental crowns and bridges.
What is a Dental Crown?
Crowns may be used to:
- Cover a broken or cracked tooth
- Prevent a weakened tooth from breaking apart even further
- Reshape a chipped or damaged tooth
- Cover up significant aesthetic concerns
- “Cap” a tooth recently treated with a root canal
These unique restorations cover and protect your tooth, preventing further damage from occurring. Dr. Steve’s work is so precise, your crown will fit perfectly at the base of your gum line, so it feels as comfortable as possible.
Crowns at our office in Fort Wayne are made entirely of porcelain – a great choice, since it’s strong and long-lasting. Not only that, it’s much more natural looking than old fashioned metal fillings. In fact, we even offer custom shading services so your new restorations will match the color of your natural teeth perfectly. Our patients love this service, because their crown rarely ever has to be touched up or remade.
Bridging the Gap to a New Smile
Sometimes a crown isn’t enough to meet your needs. Perhaps you’re missing one or more teeth. If left unchecked, the position of your teeth may slowly change over time, causing discomfort or even serious problems such as gum disease. If this case, Dr. Steve may recommend a bridge that will span the open space left behind.
Like our crowns, each of our bridges is entirely made of high quality, custom matched porcelain, giving you back a natural, dazzling smile!
What are the Benefits?
A bridge can help alleviate problems you experience chewing and speaking following the loss of your tooth or teeth. It will also help prevent added stress on your jaw, which can lead to TMJ and other difficulties. Depending on the number of teeth that are missing, crowns and bridges can also be placed over dental implants.
Caring for Your Restoration
A great feature of crowns and bridges is that they can be cared for just like the rest of your natural teeth – proper brushing and flossing are all you need to take care of your new pearly whites. Don’t forget to be careful around hard or frozen foods, though. The same things that broke your tooth can break a crown, too!
Think a crown or bridge may be right for you? Contact our Fort Wayne dentist right away to schedule your appointment. We always welcome new patients of all ages!