Dental Crowns and Bridges
At some point in our lives, most of us will need some type of dental restoration. Normal wear and tear, plaque buildup, trauma, or tooth decay can cause our teeth to break down over time. When you need more support for your tooth than a dental filling can provide, Dr. Hall may recommend a crown.
Dental crowns cover and rebuild your entire tooth down to the gumline, closely matching your natural tooth in shape and shade. They are durable, so you can chew and eat with ease, and aesthetically pleasing, so they complement your smile.
When Do I Need a Tooth Crown?
Dr. Hall may recommend a dental crown in Phoenix to restore your smile in these situations:
- To rebuild a tooth that has severe decay or fractures
- To replace an old dental filling that has broken down
- To support a tooth that's had root canal treatment
- To cover an oddly shaped or discolored tooth for cosmetic purposes
- As a single tooth restoration for a dental implant
- As anchor teeth for a dental bridge
When you get a dental crown from Uptown Dental & Orthodontics, you can rest assured that you're getting a high-quality restoration from a trusted dental lab, as Dr. Hall works with only the best in the industry.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you're missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be a solution to restore your smile. Using dental crowns as anchors, your appliance supports one or more artificial teeth in between that "bridge" the gap left by your missing teeth.
Bridges are also typically made of ceramic porcelain, blending seamlessly with your smile. In addition, they restore chewing function so that you can eat comfortably again and keep your neighboring teeth from drifting into the open space, resulting in bite misalignment.
Getting a Dental Crown or Bridge
Completing a crown or bridge is the same process and requires two visits with Dr. Hall.
The first visit prepares your teeth for your new restoration, and you'll leave with a temporary version to wear. After that, we'll send impressions of your tooth to the dental lab, where they will handcraft your porcelain dental restoration, which typically takes around two to three weeks to finish.
When your final crown or bridge is ready, you'll return to Uptown Dental & Orthodontics so Dr. Hall can permanently place it and make any adjustments needed to ensure proper bite function. Now you're ready to share your smile with the world!
Contact Uptown Dental & Orthodontics
If you have a tooth needing repair, contact our Phoenix dental office at (602) 265-6456 to learn more about dental crowns and bridges for patients in the valley of the sun.