Crowns and Bridges
Sun Valley Smile Designs is one of the highest quality providers of restorative and cosmetic dentistry in our area. You may have a tooth that is damaged, decayed or not structurally sound. You may have one or more teeth missing due to prior circumstances. Dr. Calvert provides dental crowns and bridges in Central Idaho and comprehensive solutions for your dental concerns.
This particular restoration is a strong esthetic covering that is used to restore a tooth’s damaged or lost structure. If a large portion of your tooth was chipped off or has decayed, it can restore it to a healthy state. They are also used to correct a tooth that has been cracked, fractured or broken, even when there are often no symptoms of pain or sensitivity. This procedure can prevent any further damage or loss of the tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain over a metal base; usually for back teeth. Front teeth can now be restored with the newest all-porcelain crowns, which are very strong and have a very natural appearance.
A fixed dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. The process involves using the teeth on either side of the space as anchor teeth to hold a porcelain tooth in that space, thus bridging the gap. This procedure is a very good way to replace one or more adjacent teeth when other means, such as an implant, are not workable in that situation.
The installation of both of these restorations involves the following processes:
- Tooth preparation and taking of impressions
- Restoration creation (and placing of temporary restoration if necessary)
- Restoration placement
- Follow-up checkup
Dr. Calvert can help you achieve the highest level of comfort, as well as the perfection you seek for your teeth. Our goal is to provide you with a standard of excellence in the dentistry provided to you. We also strive to make our office a very relaxed and comfortable environment. We believe you will find our team to be caring, compassionate, and completely committed to the oral health of all our patients.
Call us at 208-726-3457. We have the highest level of dental care you need to improve the quality of your life.
Did you know…
that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented. Today, crowns and bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and can usually be placed in as little as one or two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your anchor teeth will be adjusted to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. We use the highest quality dental lab to fabricate your crown or bridge.I the interim, you may be fitted with a high quality temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth may need a shot time of adjustment following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.