Crowns and Bridges
If you have broken, decayed, or missing teeth, Dr. Noah Rounds may suggest a dental crown or bridge. Modern dentistry has allowed us to produce customized dental crowns and bridges that mimic the natural look and function of teeth. Dental crowns and bridges are highly versatile and can help you attain the healthy, attractive smile you have always wanted.
Dental Crowns Restore Natural Teeth
A dental crown, also called a cap covers an existing natural tooth and protects it from further damage or decay. A crown fits over the entirety of the tooth, down to the gum line, and can correct several issues:
- Restore a decayed tooth
- Conceal a discolored tooth
- Anchor a dental bridge
- Top a dental implant
- Stabilize a treated tooth (e.g., a root-canaled tooth)
- Repair a cracked, or broken tooth
- Cover a misshapen tooth
- Strengthen a brittle or weak tooth
Ultimately, a dental crown preserves the natural tooth and redistributes pressure throughout the tooth so a person can bite, chew, and speak with comfort.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge fills in the gap left behind from missing teeth. A bridge can replace one or several missing teeth, though it relies on neighboring healthy teeth for support.
There are different dental bridges, such as traditional, Maryland, cantilever, and implant-supported. However, they all primarily consist of a prosthetic tooth called a pontic held in place by abutment teeth on each side of the gap.
Dr. Rounds and our team can fabricate attractive dental bridges that accomplish the following:
- Restore your ability to bite and chew
- Restore the appearance of your smile
- Improve your speech and pronunciation
- Support your facial muscles, maintaining the shape of your face
- Align your bite to distribute chewing forces properly
- Prevent teeth from shifting out of their correct position
Modern Materials for Your Best Smile
At Lake Marion Dental Care, we create dental crowns and bridges from various materials, depending on the patient's specific needs.
We offer restorations made from ceramic, zirconia, EMAX, and gold. Dr. Rounds may also use a combination of materials if needed.
- We primarily use ceramic for our dental crowns.
- Zirconia is perhaps the most common material dentists use, as it has very high strength.
- Lithium disilicate (EMAX) is another type of crown that offers more translucency for more aesthetic cases.
- We offer gold restorations per patient request.
Dr. Rounds will provide you with the restoration and material that best suits your smile.
The Process of Placing a Dental Crown or Bridge
Led by Dr. Rounds, our team begins preparing the tooth and reshaping the tooth to allow a stronger, more secure fit. Next, we use digital imaging to study your mouth's contours and observe your teeth and gums to create a customized crown or bridge.
After collecting this information, we send the images and details to a dental laboratory, where a specialist fabricates your final restoration.
In the meantime, we provide you with a temporary crown or bridge to wear until your final restoration is complete.
When your restoration is back from the lab, we securely bond it to your tooth so it stays in place and doesn't shift or slip. Finally, we polish the restoration so it looks and feels like it's always been a part of your natural smile.
Missing or Cracked Teeth? Try a Crown or Bridge in Lakeville!
Dr. Rounds will determine the best treatment for your unique oral health needs and aesthetic goals. Lake Marion Dental Care provides our patients with realistic and comfortable dental crowns and bridges in 55054.
Please feel free to contact our Lakeville dental office to schedule your consultation.