Crowns and Bridges
Restorative Dentist in Aurora, IL
Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown typically takes 2 office visits. On the first visit the tooth is prepared for the crown and your leave that day with a temporary crown. On the second visit your final crown, created at our preferred dental lab, is bonded to the tooth. Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home oral care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years. Best of all the crowns we use have NO dark metal lines along the gum tissue; we use 100% tooth colored materials.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A tooth or teeth neighboring the missing tooth or teeth may be crowned, and used as anchoring teeth to support the replacement tooth. It is important to replace missing teeth to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth, which may lead to misaligned bite, TMJ and other problems.
Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color and overall appearance. They are made from a very durable porcelain to ensure that they are strong. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridges may last for years.
If you are considering replacing a tooth, call our Smiles of Aurora dental office to schedule a consultation. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, if left untreated, structural changes to your mouth and jaw may occur, making it difficult to eat and speak properly.