Bridges are a way of replacing missing teeth. A bridge is basically a cap on one side of the gap, and a cap on the tooth on the other side of the missing tooth. We put in a three-tooth replacement. Two caps and the dummy tooth upon it, because we call it. This is a technique that's been around for many many years and is often the fastest and best way to restore a missing tooth. The other option would often be an implant, but you have to have a certain amount of bone. The bone has to be strong enough, large enough to accept the implant. When patients have a missing tooth and they want to replace that, they generally have the choice of an implant or a bridge. The bridge is a perfectly good solution. I have one in my own mouth and no one can tell that it's there because it looks like teeth, feels like teeth, and works like teeth.
Your teeth are designed to withstand a lot of pressure. Day after day, you mash them together whenever you chew. But they are not impervious. Bacteria can cause cavities, and accidents can crack or even fracture the enamel. Your teeth can even fall out. To repair such damage, Dr. Miller can provide metal-free treatments such as inlays, onlays, dental crowns and dental bridges Roseville, CA area.
When your tooth is damaged from tooth decay, it needs help. The bacteria need to be removed and the damaged area sealed up and protected. Metal fillings are not the best solution, as they usually contain a small amount of toxic mercury. Plus, they stand out in your mouth like a sore thumb. Inlays and onlays are better options for you. They are made from either porcelain or zirconia, so they will look natural in your smile. Inlays cover over cavities on the biting surface of your teeth. Onlays can cover the side of your tooth as well. Both will repair the damage and let your teeth be useful again.
Sometimes, damage is too big for an inlay or onlay. In these cases, dental crowns will work wonders. These are caps made from porcelain or zirconia, so they will look like natural, healthy teeth. Your crown will be shaped to look like the tooth it’s covering. Once placed, it will seal up all of the damage. It can also hold a tooth tightly together, stopping cracks from growing and fracturing your tooth.
A tooth can be so damaged by decay or accident that even a dental crown won’t work. In these cases, Dr. Miller may have to extract a tooth. Gum disease can also make a tooth fall out, or it can get knocked out by an injury. Either way, you will need a replacement. Dental bridges are an affordable and noninvasive way to replace a tooth. A pair of dental crowns, one on each tooth next to the empty space, hold a replacement tooth securely in place. If you want more security, you can get a dental implant to support the new tooth.
Normally, you would have to wait weeks for a dental crowns or dental bridges to be made. That’s because traditionally, the measurements would be sent to an off-site lab that would make the restorations before shipping them back to the dentist’s office. But at our Roseville, CA dental office, we have a CEREC machine. This takes three-dimensional images of your teeth and then makes the dental crowns or dental bridges right here in our office. Instead of weeks, you’ll have your work created and placed in a single visit.
If you are ready to restore your teeth with metal-free dental crowns or dental bridges, call our Roseville, CA office today at 916-945-9985 or use our convenient online form to schedule your dental crowns and dental bridges Roseville, CA area appointment today.