Dental Crowns & Bridges in Sarasota, FL
Do you want to improve the shape, size, strength or appearance of one or more teeth? You are not alone – many people turn to our Sarasota, FL, dentist for dental crowns and bridges to improve their smiles.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a cap or cover that a dentist places over a tooth and cements in place. The crown covers and protects the entire visible portion of the tooth.
People get dental crowns for a number of reasons. You may benefit from a dental crown if you have:
- A cavity that is too large for a filling
- Worn down, cracked, or otherwise weakened tooth
- A weak tooth in danger of breaking
- A broken tooth
- Had a root canal, and could benefit from the protection the crown provides to the restored tooth
- A dental implant
- A badly discolored or irregularly shaped tooth that negatively affects your smile
Dental crowns also act as anchors for dental bridges, which serve as replacements for missing teeth. The dentist puts a crown on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth; the crowns support the bridge that spans the gap.
What to Expect When Getting Dental Crowns in Sarasota, FL
The placement of dental crowns usually takes two appointments that occur several weeks apart: the dentist makes impressions to send away to the lab in the first visit then places the bridge during the second visit, after the crown has come back from the lab. Our Sarasota, FL, dentist uses advanced Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics technology (CEREC®), though, and this advanced technology allows you to get your dental crowns in just one visit.
Our dentist evaluates the tooth to be sure it can support a crown and prepares the tooth to accept the crown. Preparing the tooth involves filing it down or building it up so that it supports the crown properly. Our dentist then makes digital 3D impressions of your teeth, which the CEREC software uses to create various crown designs. The dentist then mills or grinds the crown according to the CEREC designs for a custom crown.
Our dentist will place the crown in your mouth to check the color and fit. After making any necessary adjustments, our dentist will cement the crown permanently to the prepared tooth.
A dental crown can be one of the best improvements you will ever make for your smile.
DENTAL BRIDGES IN SARASOTA, FL
Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you have embarrassing gaps or spaces between your teeth?
You may benefit from a dental bridge, a dental appliance that literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges can address many common dental and cosmetic issues caused by missing teeth. Losing one or more teeth can change your bite in a way that prevents you from chewing food properly. Tooth loss can cause the remaining teeth to drift into the space created by the missing tooth. Missing teeth can also ruin the natural appeal of your smile, change the shape of your face and even affect your speech.
A dental bridge features a crown that looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth. The two teeth on each side of the missing tooth, known as abutment teeth, serve as anchors for the crown. Together, the abutment teeth and crown create a sturdy and cosmetically appealing dental bridge.
Our Sarasota, FL, dentist may recommend a dental bridge to help you:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to eat and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Properly distribute your bite
- Prevent your teeth from drifting out of place as the result of missing teeth
What to Expect When Getting Dental Bridges in Sarasota, FL
The placement of dental bridges typically takes two appointments: the dentist makes impressions to send away to the lab in the first visit then places the bridge during the second visit, after the crown has come back from the lab. Fortunately, our Sarasota, FL, dentist uses advanced Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics technology (CEREC®) that allows you to get your dental crowns in just one visit.
A dentist appointment for a dental bridge in Sarasota, FL, starts with preparing the abutment teeth. The dentist evaluates your teeth to make sure a dental bridge is right for you. Next, our dentist removes enough enamel from the anchor teeth to make room for the dental bridge. We then make impressions of your teeth that help us custom make your dentures. Our dentist places the completed dental bridge in your mouth to check the fit and color. After making any adjustments necessary, Dr. Schweizer permanently cements the dental bridge in place.
If you have one or more missing teeth, getting a dental bridge may be one of the best steps you’ll ever take towards having a great smile.