Dental Crowns and Bridges
How Do Dental Crowns Work in Chesterfield?
When you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed but still in place, a tooth crown is a great option to strengthen it and restore its appearance and shape. Dental crowns can also be used to cover up other dental work and improve the overall aesthetic of your smile. A tooth crown is a hollow tooth-like piece that goes over the top of a damaged tooth.
Q: How is a tooth crown placed?
A: To place a tooth crown, your Chesterfield dentist will file the damaged tooth down and then place the custom-made crown on the tooth using dental cement. You may be given a temporary crown while your permanent custom tooth crown is being created.
Q: What materials are used for dental crowns?
A: Dental crowns can be made of ceramic, glass, gold alloy, or other similarly strong materials. These materials may be used when the tooth crown is being placed in the back of the mouth. Dr. Buchheit provides beautiful porcelain crowns, which look just like natural teeth do. Porcelain crowns can be placed in the front of the mouth and go unnoticed by everyone around you. Porcelain crowns reflect light in the same way that natural teeth do. Porcelain crowns are both a strong and beautiful option for your dental crowns.
Q: How long does it take to get a tooth crown?
A: A tooth crown will typically take two visits. During your first visit, your dentist will take impressions to create your perfect tooth crown. During your second visit, the tooth crown will be placed.
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
A dental bridge is a single piece that uses two connector pieces that are attached to natural teeth on either side of a gap. The center of the dental bridge consists of the replacement teeth that will restore your full, healthy smile.
Q: How is a dental bridge placed?
A: Like dental crowns, a dental bridge placement is a two-visit process at either of our practices near Town and Country and Ballwin MO. The first visit allows your dentist to prepare the connector teeth and take impressions to create your dental bridge. Your second visit is for the placement of the permanent dental bridge.
Q: How long will a dental bridge last?
A: A dental bridge lasts between 5 and 10 years based on your oral care habits. Daily flossing and brushing are important in caring for your dental bridge.
Q: How will a dental bridge improve my life?
A: Missing teeth can make speaking and chewing difficult. A dental bridge can resolve these issues and improve your appearance and confidence.
Schedule your appointment with our Chesterfield dentist to get back on track with your smile. Call us now if you are in the Creve Coeur – Town and Country area!