Dental crowns and bridges repair damaged or missing teeth. Duncansville, Pa., dentist Dr. Locker may recommend a dental crown if there is severe tooth decay and much of the tooth structure is lost. Bridges or fixed partial dentures are used to fill isolated gaps in your teeth. Crowns and bridges are made in a dental laboratory once our staff takes impressions of your teeth.
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Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that cover the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns are very versatile. They are used to reinforce a weak structure, hold a broken tooth together, restore a tooth after root canal therapy, cover dental implants, and build a fixed bridge. When your dentist recommends a dental crown, it means that the tooth is too weak to support a regular filling.
Placing a dental crown procedure requires more than one trip to the dentist. After Dr. Locker cleans and prepares the tooth, he will take impressions or molds that will be used to create the permanent crown. You’ll wear a temporary restoration while your permanent crown is created. We use a color chart to select the perfect shade of crown to match your natural teeth. On your next appointment, Dr. Locker will fit the permanent crown and adjust it.
What is a dental bridge? Bridgework or fixed partial dentures are devices that fill spaces left by missing teeth. A typical dental bridge consists of a series of crowns that are linked together. Here’s how it works: two crowns are capped on your teeth at either side of the gap and another crown sits in the middle to replace the missing tooth. Bridges can also be anchored by dental implants.
At Gentle Family Dentistry, we use the best materials to design crowns that match your natural teeth, fit perfectly, and last a long time. Schedule a consultation today with your dentist in Blair County to learn more about dental crowns and bridges. Call 814-693-6777 or click here to make an appointment.