It’s likely that many people will experience at least one cavity in their life, as well as other possible dental complications that need to be addressed. Whether you have a broken tooth in need of repair or a missing tooth in need of replacement, Dr. Garner, Dr. Cook, and our dental team are here to help!
Mountain Springs Dental strives for perfection in our day-to-day interactions with you and others in the Ogden, Utah, area. We believe in the importance of providing exceptional restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that can not only transform your smile, but make a big impact on your life as well.
Getting you the results you want is part of our mission as a dental practice. That’s why we offer the combined restorative and cosmetic abilities of dental crowns to help restore or upgrade your beautiful smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are small pieces of porcelain, ceramic, or other materials that completely cap or cover a damaged tooth. Crowns can conceal cavities, chips, cracks, and chipped teeth, while also protecting against any future damage.
They can also be used to replace missing teeth—functioning and looking just like a natural tooth when connected to a dental implant! Depending on the area of the mouth in which a crown will be placed, it can be made out of various materials, but here at Mountain Springs Dental, we use beautiful porcelain.
Porcelain is ideal for tooth restoration as it is a strong, durable material that can match not only the color but also the translucence of your natural teeth. They blend right in, so not even you will notice the difference between your porcelain crown and your natural teeth.
What Are Dental Bridges?
For those missing one or more teeth in a single gap in their smile, a dental bridge can help restore your full, dashing smile!
- Traditional Bridge:A traditional bridge is a small retainer-like device that secures a brand new porcelain crown into the gap in your smile. The new crown is held in place by crowns attached to your natural teeth on either side of the gap.
- Fixed Implant Bridge: A fixed bridge, on the other hand, is a set of 1–3 crowns that are secured in place by a dental implant inserted directly in your jawbone instead.
Here at Mountain Springs Dental, we can fix your smile more permanently with fixed implant bridges.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Porcelain crowns and dental bridges can fix a host of problems such as the following:
- Restore a Missing Tooth: When paired with a dental bridge or restored on top of a dental implant in your jawbone, crowns can take the place of missing teeth and act just like a real tooth.
- Provide Support for Existing Teeth: Crowns and bridges that replace missing teeth keep your other teeth in line so there won’t be any unneeded or unwanted shifting in your smile’s alignment or bite.
- Protection for Damaged Tooth: A severely damaged tooth can be protected with a dental crown placed over top of it.
- Hold Teeth Together: Crowns are also used to hold cracked or broken teeth together, and prevent you from pain or tooth sensitivity.
- Improve Smile Appearance: Some teeth can be malformed or misshapen—dental crowns can correct that appearance issue, and bridges can fill in unseemly gaps to perfect your overall smile.
For more information about how a dental crown or bridge can improve your smile, call Dr. Garner and Dr. Cook for a consultation today!
What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown
Getting a dental crown typically requires two separate visits to our dental office. At your first appointment, the dentist will examine and evaluate the tooth getting the crown. This is so you can discuss your options with your dentist and with our team.
- Depending on how damaged the tooth is, a filling might be required prior to the crown. A severely cracked tooth needs to be filled before it can hold a crown. If your situation requires an additional filling, you can schedule that appointment with your dentist.
- If your tooth does not require a filling, the dentist can get right to work. The dentist will create a model of the tooth receiving the crown and all of the teeth immediately surrounding it. The mold the dentist makes will be used to make your new crown. Using a special mold like this means your tooth will be the right size, shape and even color.
- Your new crown might take some time to create, so in that first visit the dentist will add a temporary crown. If you are receiving a crown for cosmetic reasons, you won’t need a temporary crown, because the purpose of the temporary crown is to protect the damaged tooth.
Your second visit to the dentist is to receive the permanent crown. THe dentist will again numb your entire mouth before starting the procedure. The temporary crown will be taken off, and the new crown will be fit over your tooth with a special adhesive.
It may take you some time to adjust to the new tooth. The new tooth might feel strange or foreign, but it works exactly like your natural teeth do. Soon you won’t even notice it!
You have nothing to be afraid of when coming to the dentist, especially when that dentist is at Mountain Springs Dental. Our team is highly trained and ready to address all of your concerns and needs. Every member of our team is committed to your health and comfort!
How to Care for Dental Crowns and Bridges
After receiving your new dental crown you may be wondering how you should care for it. You just got it and want to keep it for a long time! Your new dental crown looks and feels exactly like your natural teeth, and you should care for it the same way too!
You want your dental crown, and all of your teeth, to last for a long time. With frequent brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental visits, that should keep all the teeth in your mouth healthy for a long time. By caring for your natural teeth, you are caring for any dental crowns you might have.
Discover Porcelain Crowns and Implant Bridges With Mountain Springs Dental
Dental crowns are a great solution to fix damaged or uneven teeth, and dental bridges are an excellent way to quickly restore missing teeth. If you are interested in learning more about either of these procedures, just ask.
Still have questions? We have answers! Our highly trained team is available to answer any additional questions or address any concerns you may still have.
Learn more about our goal to get you the smile you deserve through dental crowns. Contact us at our Ogden, Utah, location today to learn more!