Replace Lost Teeth At Fort Collins Dental Arts

When it comes to restoring the shape, strength, and appearance of your teeth, you may be willing to go to great lengths to get it done. Luckily for you, dental crowns are one of the most common and recommended choices of dental treatments, and they don’t even take much time. Dental crowns are created to take the shape of a natural, healthy tooth, and they’re easy to perform during a simple dentist appointment.

Dental crowns are most often used for individual teeth. When multiple teeth need to be restored or the gap from a lost tooth needs to be filled, a dental bridge might be your best option instead. Dental bridges use multiple crowns to replace multiple teeth. When you visit Fort Collins Dental Arts, Dr. Guy Leavitt might recommend a dental crown to restore a decayed, cracked, or chipped tooth, or he may recommend a dental bridge in cases of more advanced tooth loss.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a hollow cap that sits over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth; the crown covers it completely, all the way to the gum line. Once it is sealed in place, a dental crown looks, feels, and functions just as a regular tooth would, so you don’t have to worry about any embarrassment from use or appearance.

One of the biggest benefits of dental crowns is that they can help alleviate the pain of broken teeth as well as deter future tooth loss. If you opt for a porcelain crown, you can have it color-matched to your other teeth as a discreet way to restore broken or unsightly teeth.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Similar to dental crowns, dental bridges involve filling gaps from missing teeth. In fact, dental bridges are actually created using dental crowns. A dental bridge is generally made up of three crowns attached together. At least two crowns are placed over the existing teeth on either side of the gap, and these crowns act as false teeth by filling in the gap. Dental bridges are a good solution for preventing your teeth from shifting positions over time. They can also help to properly align your jaw so you can chew and bite properly.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Why Choose a Dental Crown or Bridge?

Crowns can help to rectify a number of different dental problems of varying degrees. We may recommend a crown as the best course of action if you have:

  • A cracked tooth that needs to be held together
  • A severely weakened tooth at risk of breaking
  • A broken, extremely eroded, or otherwise misshapen tooth
  • A discolored tooth
  • A decayed tooth that requires a cavity filling, but is unable to have one due to broken or missing parts
  • An existing tooth that needs protection after a root canal treatment

Same Day CEREC Crowns

CEREC enables your dentist to restore decayed teeth, remove old amalgam fillings, and place new dental crowns in just one appointment (sometimes with the exception of front teeth, which are generally sent to the lab). What does this mean for you as the patient? With one appointment, to put it simply, you can have a restorative procedure started and completed, allowing you to quickly get back to all the other important things in your life. Let’s discuss how it works.

TOOTH PREPARATION: After the initial exam, the dentist decides what the appropriate treatment is for the tooth in question. Your local dentist, Dr. Guy Leavitt, then cleans the tooth and prepares it for restoration, just as he would for other restorative procedures.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

TOOTH IMAGING: After preparation, the dentist needs an image of the tooth. To get an impression without using CEREC, your dentist will usually have you bite down into a tray filled with “goop” and hold the tray until the substance hardens. But with CEREC, this process is simplified — and non-goopy. With a camera approximately the size of a pen, your family dentist will take a digital image of the tooth.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

THE NEW TOOTH: After the image is taken, the CEREC machine turns the image into a virtual model of the replacement tooth. This information is then sent to a separate milling machine that creates the tooth. Within 20-30 minutes, the all-ceramic, tooth-colored replacement is finished and ready to be placed.

How Long Do Crowns And Bridges Last?

With proper maintenance and good dental hygiene, your crown can last your entire life! Keeping your gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent tooth and bone loss that might cause your crown or bridge to come loose. To preserve your dental crown, you should avoid chewing on ice, hard foods, or other unsuitable objects for your natural teeth. You should also make sure to attend your routine dental appointments for regular cleanings and checkups. A dental professional can help ensure your crown or bridge is healthy and prevent it from coming loose.

Choose Fort Collins Dental Arts For Crowns And Bridges

Are you dealing with broken or decayed teeth? Fort Collins Dental Arts offers high-quality dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dental treatments. Your dental crown will be custom made to fit over your tooth, restoring it from the gum line up to its original shape and size. Preserve your oral health today by working with Fort Collins Dental Arts. Schedule an appointment or contact us today with questions.