REVIVE DENTAL LEWISVILLE
DENTAL CROWNS & BRIDGES
WE WILL MAKE SURE YOUR CROWNS LOOK GREAT
If you want to restore your smile, we can help you here at Revive Dental. Our caring team specializes in restoring smiles to the fullest! A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented onto your natural tooth, resulting in long-lasting and fully functional tooth restoration.
Inlays and Onlays are used to repair damage to a tooth’s biting surface (or cusp) with a type of filling that is less invasive than a crown.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Though traditional dental fillings are a great option for
patients with minor tooth decay, what are the options for
restoring a tooth with significant damage?
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are a
wonderful option of restoring a tooth with significant decay;
they preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth
structure compared to a crown, and compared to a large
filling they can actually strengthen the tooth!
Large fillings will actually weaken a tooth’s structure, greatly increasing the risk of the tooth breaking, cracking, and eventually requiring extensive restorative treatment such as root canal therapy. And if a good amount of healthy tooth structure is still intact, a crown would needlessly require a large amount of the tooth to be removed.
What is the difference between inlays and onlays? Simply put, inlays fit “in” the tooth while onlays fit “on” the tooth; inlays fill the space in between a tooth’s cusps (biting surfaces), while onlays, required for more extensively damaged teeth, spread over the cusps or the entire biting surface of the tooth.
Unlike traditional fillings which are placed in one visit, inlays and onlays typically require two visits. During the first visit, we will take an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab to create the inlay or onlay, and a temporary filling material will be placed on the tooth.
During the second visit, the temporary filling will be removed and the custom-made indirect filling will be cemented into place, resulting in a strong, stable, and natural-looking restored tooth.
MAKE YOUR SMILE COMPLETE WITH DENTAL BRIDGES
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between healthy teeth and a decayed or missing tooth! They are a wonderful restoration option for patients who do not have enough bone structure to support a dental implant, or who do not want to commit to an implant.
Bridges are a less costly alternative to replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant, and will still provide a long-lasting restoration to your smile!
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Besides potentially causing patients to lose confidence in their smile, a single missing tooth can have far-reaching negative effects on your oral health. A missing tooth can cause difficulty speaking and eating, and over time will result in the shifting of other teeth, bone loss, an uneven bite, and an increased risk of periodontal issues.
The traditional 3-unit dental bridge consists of the
replacement tooth (the pontic) held in place on either side
by dental crowns (abutments), which are cemented onto
the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
The procedure is similar to that of receiving a dental crown,
and typically two or more visits are required.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are re-shaped so
that the crowns can be placed over them.
An impression of the teeth is made, which is sent to a dental lab to create the bridge. Revive Dental will fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while your bridge is being crafted.
During your second visit, our doctors will remove the temporary bridge and check and adjust the new permanent bridge as necessary. He will confirm that the permanent bridge matches the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, and also check for proper fit and bite. Multiple visits may be needed to ensure that the bridge is fitting properly before cementing it permanently into place.
As with all dental restorations, proper care of your dental bridge is extremely important to avoid difficulties with the restoration and prolong its life. Be sure to brush and floss daily in and around the bridge to keep the teeth that secure it and the surrounding area healthy!