Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges in Bend
Dental crowns and fixed bridges offer reliable dental restoration for patients with damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. These dependable treatment options have been used by dentists for decades. Still two of the most common restorative dentistry services used by the Ponderosa Dental Center team, crowns and bridges are available in our Bend dental office to repair your smile and renew oral health. If you want to find out more about restorative dentistry services or schedule a consultation, call our Bend dental office today. We’ll be happy to examine your smile, and our team will work with you to create a personalized smile repair plan.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are advanced restorations crafted from a variety of materials that fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth or teeth. We offer dental crown restorations crafted from gold, porcelain bonded to metal, and all-ceramic. Each material has benefits for patients, but we most often recommend all-ceramic crowns as these offer the most natural looking and feeling solution.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
Fixed bridges are tooth replacement prosthetics used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The prosthetic tooth or teeth are fused to two dental crowns, one on each side, that are then attached to healthy teeth to provide support. Like dental crowns, fixed bridges can be crafted from gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. However, we will typically recommend all-ceramic or porcelain fused to metal restorations in order to help patients maintain their health, natural-looking smile.
How are Restorations Placed?
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are both placed over the course of two appointments in our office. During the initial visit, we begin by numbing the area to be treated. Then, we remove damaged tooth structures and prepare teeth. Once your smile is prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be used by our dental lab to craft your custom crown or bridge. Next, we place a temporary crown or bridge to protected your prepared teeth. When you return to our office for your second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary restoration and place the custom dental crown or fixed bridge. Finally, we cement the restoration in place, fully renewing your smile.
How do I Care for my Dental Crown or Fixed Bridge?
For the most part, you will be able to continue brushing twice a day and flossing daily as usual. In some cases, we may recommend you switch to different oral hygiene products to maximize your at-home care. It’s important to use minimally abrasive toothpastes and soft bristled tooth brushes to avoid unnecessary wear. Patients with fixed bridges may need to use specialized traditional or water flossers to clean beneath the replacement tooth. It’s also essential that you visit our team at least two times every year for regular, preventive dental care. We’ll examine these restorations during your checkups, and in many cases, we can make repairs that extend the life of your restoration.