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The many methods for fixing your smile

Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth? This calls for a crown!

A crown. Just the name implies the royal treatment. And for a tooth that needs saving, it can be exactly that. A dental crown surrounds and covers a damaged tooth like a comfortable, strong cap. A well administered crown can permanently protect a hurt tooth and let you shine with a near-perfect smile.

Missing a tooth? A bridge might be just the thing you need to cover the gap.

If you have a missing tooth, a bridge can be the fix you need. A bridge is essentially two dental crowns connected by a lab-made tooth that stands in for your missing one. The crowns cap the teeth on either side of your missing tooth and the center tooth gives you a full smile again, with no disconcerting gap.

Implants replace every part of your tooth, roots and all

With an implant, an oral surgeon places a titanium post into your jawbone. Bone grows around the post, holding it tightly in place like a real tooth. Once the bone is healed and strong, we place a crown on it that works every bit as well as a real tooth.

Talk to your dentist. They’ll help you decide which option is best for you.

A step-by-step breakdown of how your dentist crowns your tooth

#1: Job number one is to make sure the tooth is healthy enough to crown

Crowns are meant to be permanent. The last thing we want to do is put a crown on a sick tooth that can’t support it. So we take very strict measures to determine the viability of a crown:

  • We use X-Rays to assess decay 
  • If the tooth is infected, we’ll have you work with one of our specialists for an assessment

#2: We prep the tooth

Since your new crown will be the same size as the tooth it covers, we must remove some     of your existing tooth so the crown will fit. After numbing the area around your tooth,     your dentist will then shape the tooth into the correct size for a permanent crown. If you     are getting a bridge, we’ll prep the teeth on either side of your missing tooth.

#3: Impressions

Your dentist will take an impression of both your upper and lower teeth to ensure that your new crown fits your bite, and smile.

#4: Color matching

Your dentist will assess the color of your teeth and how they handle light. Then he or she will create a crown that best matches the look of your natural teeth.

#5: Creating a temporary crown

Your dentist will fit a temporary, resin crown over your tooth while your permanent crown is being made.

#6:  Your final fitting

When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will check it for fit and appearance. One your dentist puts it in place, he or she will check your bite and make final adjustments.

Last but not least, show the world your new smile!

While the average lifespan of a crown is 10 years, with proper care, it can last a lifetime.     So show the world those gorgeous choppers for years to come!