Crowns and Bridges
If you have a tooth that is cracked, severely decayed or has had to be extracted you may be a candidate for a Crown or Bridge. Crowns and Bridges are viable treatment options to restore size, shape and the look of your tooth, but most importantly restore function and your smile. Dr. Walden and Dr. Mangino will do an extensive evaluation and recommend the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
Porcelain Crowns are simply caps for your natural teeth and are used to support damaged tooth structure, or change shape and color. A crown is cemented in place over your natural tooth or an implant. An impression is made in our office and then a lab creates your crown replicating the size, shape and position of your tooth. A Crown is a strong, solid natural looking replacement for your tooth and fits your mouth perfectly. Not only do Porcelain Crowns look beautiful, they feel like real teeth!
When do we recommend a Porcelain Crown?
- To replace a large filling that no longer has enough tooth structure to continue to fill the cavity
- To protect a weak tooth from further chipping, breaking or fracturing
- To restore a fractured/cracked tooth
- To cover a poorly shaped tooth or discolored tooth
- To attach a dental bridge (see more below)
- To protect and restore a tooth that has had a root canal
- To cover a dental implant
A Dental Bridge is a permanent, non-removable option for missing teeth. Simply explained, a Dental Bridge is just like a bridge over a river, it fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
The bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap - these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth - and a false tooth/teeth in between.
Why get a Dental Bridge?
- It is a permanent replacement of missing tooth/teeth
- Makes it easier to speak and chew
- Maintains the shape of your face
- Decreases the risk of gum disease
- Prevents teeth from shifting in your mouth which will change your bite
At Paducah Dental we strongly believe it is always important to replace missing teeth. If you leave the gap often times your teeth will shift to fill in the empty space causing your bite to change and this can lead to painful TMJ issues and even gum disease.
As you can see there are great options available for severely damaged or missing teeth. Our patients love their porcelain crowns and bridges, because they look beautiful and feel like real teeth! And we provide metal free porcelain crowns and bridges, you don't have to worry about that dark metal halo.
Call our office today to schedule your appointment 270-444-6414. We look forward to working with you!