One of our primary goals at Dale Rottman, DDS is to provide patients with tooth restorations that look natural and function properly. Dr. Rottman and his staff understand how important it is to have strong, healthy teeth, and we strive to always leave our patients with beautiful smiles. Whether you come to Dale Rottman, DDS needing a crown or bridgework, you can be sure that you will receive the best possible treatment.
A dental crown consists of a tooth-shaped appliance that is placed at the site of a lost tooth or over a damaged tooth. After a crown is applied, the patient will have the look and function of a fully restored tooth. Dr. Rottman and his team of experts are advocates of the use of porcelain in dental crowns due to the material’s natural appearance and excellent functionality.
There are many reasons for a person to receive a dental crown, including:
- Restoring damaged or weakened teeth
- Post-root canal treatment
- Improving tooth functionality
- Adjusting the appearance of a tooth
- Correcting a misshapen tooth
- Replacing a missing tooth
When applying a dental crown, the first step is to shave off some of the enamel of the designated tooth. This is done to make space for the new dental crown. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental crown will be carefully attached and secured using a dental adhesive. Afterwards, the patient will be provided with useful instructions on caring for their new dental crown.
Also known as partial dentures, dental bridges are designed to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. A bridge consists of natural-looking artificial teeth that are held in place by the patient’s original teeth on either side of the gap. Depending upon the type, bridges can be either permanently attached inside the mouth or removable for cleaning purposes.
Commonly referred to as fixed bridges, permanently attached dental bridges remain in place at all times using one of two methods. They can either be bonded directly to the adjacent supporting teeth, or they can be applied on top of underlying structures (implants).
Removable bridges are designed to remain securely in place even when the user is talking or eating, but they can also be quickly taken out of the mouth when it’s time for cleaning. This type of bridge uses metal clasps or precision attachments so that they are kept steady when needed. Both types of bridges have advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before making a final decision.
If you require a dental restoration and you would like to learn more about crown or bridges, please call our office at (262) 288-0678 to schedule an appointment.