Crowns, Bridges, Veneers
Crowns and bridges are common dental restorations. Restorations are used to replace damaged or lost teeth and bring back function and appearance. Veneers are a cosmetic smile enhancement.
Restorations such as dental bridges and crowns can be used to fill spaces left by lost teeth and keep the remaining teeth from shifting. These solutions for missing teeth can also help support the facial muscles and prevent the sunken-in appearance.
Tooth crown is often used to fix severely damaged tooth structures. These tooth-colored coverings cap over the visible portion of the tooth to repair damage and provide support. For teeth that are too damaged or weak to support inlays, fillings, or onlays, dental crowns are often recommended.
Dental crowns are also great for:
- Restoring or capping over a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Anchoring a dental bridge
- Covering a dental implant
- Holding a broken tooth together
What is a dental bridge? Like crowns, bridges are solutions to damaged or lost teeth. A dental bridge is a permanent fixture used to fill the gap between remaining natural teeth. It literally bridges the space left by missing teeth.
A typical dental bridge is composed of two parts: the pontic and the abutment teeth. The pontic is the replacement tooth. The abutment teeth, on the other hand, are the crowns on both sides of the gap that support the pontic in the middle.
Artificial tooth roots or dental implants can also be used to anchor a dental bridge. The kind of material used for crowns and bridges depends on the location of the lost teeth and patient preferences. Here at The Waterford Dentist, we provide stunning porcelain, zirconia, and all-gold options.
Dental Veneers are the perfect solution for healthy teeth that could use a little makeover. What are dental veneers? Dental veneers are very thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to the fronts of teeth to change a smile’s shape, size, and appearance. These restorations are recommended for fixing severe discoloration, chips, fractures, wide gaps, and other surface flaws.
Your dentists in Waterford use EMax, all porcelain veneers to turn tired teeth into a Hollywood smile. If you have teeth discoloration that is not responding to whitening treatment or major imperfections that can’t be repaired by dental bonding, veneers may just be the solution.
Veneers placement begins with a consultation with your dentist. This is the best time to discuss your goals and expectations. Dr. Heuerman or Dr. Ratz will then examine your mouth and make treatment recommendations. Each patient is different, so your dentists in Waterford make sure that they work with you closely to create a treatment plan that suits your budget and preferences.
Your dentist prepares the tooth for veneers by removing a bit of enamel from the tooth surface to make room for the cosmetic dental veneers. After teeth preparation, impressions of your teeth will be taken. These will be used as a guide for fabricating your permanent veneer. Once the permanent veneer is ready, it is bonded to the tooth, adjusted, and polished.
Veneers are applied only to healthy teeth. Problems like gum disease or decay must be treated first before veneers can be placed.