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Missing or damaged teeth can do more than affect your looks, they can impact your oral health and make it difficult for you to eat or drink. Restorative dentistry, such as dental crowns and bridges can fix the problem.
Dr. Scott Elder specializes in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Utah, in addition to providing total oral care for patients of all ages. For restorative situations such as dental implants that require a specialist, Dr. Elder has a team of trusted specialists in his network he works with to provide comprehensive oral care.
Do I Need A Crown?
If you have any questions regarding dental crowns or bridges, schedule a consultation with Dr. Elder or call us at (801)278-7100.
Here are a few answers to questions you may have.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a cap or covering for a tooth that has been damaged. You may need a crown if your tooth:
- Is discolored
- Is cracked or broken
- Is heavily filled or to replace a large filling if not enough tooth is remaining
- Has lost fillings
- Is a dental implant that needs to be covered
- Had a root canal treatment
Crowns strengthen a damaged tooth and improve the appearance of the tooth or its alignment.
There are several types of dental crowns including ceramic, porcelain, resin, or gold or other metal alloys. Crowns are made to match the natural shape of your tooth and if you choose a ceramic, porcelain, or resin crown, they will be matched to the color of your other teeth.
When the tooth in question is at the front of your mouth and visible when you smile, you will likely want to choose a naturally colored porcelain, resin, or ceramic crown. A dental crown made of a metal alloy is typically used for back teeth since they are stronger.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth that cover gaps where you have missing teeth. These false teeth are called pontics and they are held in place by teeth on either side of the gap. Most dental bridges are made from porcelain but can also be made of metal alloys, such as gold.
There are four types of dental bridges:
The differences between the four types relate to how they are held in place. Traditional bridges are held in place by dental crowns that are cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. This is the most common and popular type of bridge. Cantilever bridges are held in place by only one abutment tooth instead of two.
Maryland bridges are also held into place by two abutment teeth, however, instead of dental crowns, Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded onto the back of the abutment teeth.
Implant-supported bridges use implants rather than crowns or frameworks. This type of bridge usually requires two surgeries to embed the implant into the jawbone and a second to place the bridge.
How Long Do Dental Crowns and Bridges Last?
Dental crowns and bridges are made to last between five to fifteen years, but you can extend the lifetime of your crowns and bridges with good dental care.
Practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss your teeth daily. Avoid hard, sticky foods that might damage the crown or bridge, and avoid foods that cause tooth decay. If you have a bridge and your supporting teeth are damaged or decayed, the bridge will fall out.
What To Expect When Getting A Dental Crown Or Bridge
To get a dental crown or bridge, there are usually at least two visits.
During the first visit, Dr. Elder will:
- Examine your teeth, take X-Rays, and then determine a course of treatment
- Anesthetize the tooth and the area around it
- Prepare the tooth for the crown or bridge with a dental drill. All decay is removed and the outside of the tooth is reduced to a base shape to accommodate the crown.
- Use paste or putty to make an impression. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory that will create a custom crown
- Install a temporary crown
During the second visit:
- The tooth and areas around it will be anesthetized
- The temporary crown will be removed and the new crown fitted
- Bonding cement applied and the crown adhered to the natural tooth.
- The bond is cured and excess cement is cleaned away
Reviews for Crown/Dental Bridge Dentists in Salt Lake City, Utah
“Thank you, Dr. Elder! For the first time in my life, I feel comfortable going to see my dentist. Dr. Elder has performed 1 root canal and 3 new crowns since I joined his practice. Dr. Elder is thorough, fast, and has a gentle touch which is surprising because he’s a tall guy! I love that he remembers my dental history and always educates me about the best course of action. He puts my well being ahead of the mighty dollar. The last point…it’s always fun to run into a jazz player at his office.”
How To Get Dental Crowns and Bridges In Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Scott Elder offers dental restoratives such as crowns and bridges but does not do dental implants. If your situation requires dental implants however, Dr. Elder will refer you to a specialist and his office will coordinate your care.
To learn more about dental crowns and bridges or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100.