Restore And Replace Teeth With Crowns & Bridges
Your body has a very simple and effective way of telling you something is wrong: pain. When you stub your toe or eat way too much, your body sends pain signals to your brain so you know there’s a problem that needs addressing. The same is true with your teeth. If you are in pain, whether just when you chew or most of the time, then you need to get some dental work done. Come to our dental office in Highland Township, MI immediately for dental crowns and dental bridges treatment.
But there are also times when a problem is painless. If you are missing a tooth, for example, it might not bother you at all. But food particles can build up in that space, and the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease might start to thrive at that spot. If you have a painful tooth or a painless empty spot, our dental crowns and dental bridges can help.
Teeth can get weak from cavities, cracks, or even fillings. When a cavity is large, putting a filling in the space could put too much pressure on the rest of the tooth, increasing the chance it will fracture. This is when a porcelain crown is needed. This cap is colored to look like a healthy tooth and fits snugly over your existing tooth. This seals up the damaged areas while holding your tooth together, making it both beautiful and strong. At our Highland Township, MI dental office, we use three-dimensional scanning technology to take incredibly detailed measurements of the tooth receiving the dental crown. This way, your crown will look completely natural in your smile.
Inlays & Onlays
If the damage is smaller, and your tooth isn’t at risk of fracturing, Dr. James LoCascio might recommend an inlay or onlay. These serve a similar purpose to fillings, but by sealing up damaged areas instead of filling them in, inlays and onlays avoid putting extra pressure on the enamel. Inlays are used on the biting surface of your teeth only, whereas onlays can cover the sides as well.
A gap left behind by a missing tooth not only poses a dental health risk, but it also looks ugly. And without that tooth present, the surrounding teeth can start to slide toward the gap, which can change your bite, put pressure on other teeth, and cause damage in other parts of your mouth. This shifting not only harms other teeth, but it can make your whole smile look bad. A dental bridge uses a replacement tooth crafted especially for your mouth, held in place by dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. This means you get that space filled and a beautiful healthy smile restored without surgery.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Dental bridges work great, but if there are not teeth on both sides of a space, or the space is too big, a dental bridge cannot be done. There are other options. One such treatment is the implant-supported bridge. With this dental treatment, we surgically implant some titanium roots, or dental implants, into your jawbone. Once the site has healed, we connect a dental bridge made of several replacement teeth to the implants. You get incredible strength and durability while replacing several teeth at once. Dr. James LoCascio is a member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry and continuing his education in advanced Restorative Dentistry at Pankey Institute for Continuing Dental Education.
A painful tooth can be repaired with an inlay, onlay, or dental crown. But since not every problem is painful, we can also use dental bridges (with or without implants) to replace missing teeth. Call Dr. James LoCascio of Highland Advanced Dental Care’s Highland Township, MI dental office today at 248-329-3552 to schedule your next appointment for dental crowns and dental bridges, or use our convenient online form.