Crowns & Bridges
Even one tooth that’s missing or damaged by decay, dental trauma, or excessive wear can have a surprisingly negative impact on your day-to-day life. Little things that you take for granted—like smiling around others or taking a bite of crusty bread—may be difficult or impossible.
At Bennett Thomas, DDS and Associates, we know how frustrating it can be to deal with the day-to-day inconvenience of a missing or unhealthy tooth. For over 30 years, Drs. Thomas, Thomas, and Holwick have been providing solutions for our patients using customized dental crowns and bridges at our Great Bridge, Chesapeake dental office.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
Porcelain dental crowns are a versatile solution because they allow us to address a wide range of dental issues. The material we use for crowns mimics dental enamel and can be customized to match the shade of surrounding teeth.
Our dentists might recommend a crown for you if:
- A cavity is too large to be repaired with a dental filling
- A tooth is cracked, worn, or otherwise weakened
- A root-canaled tooth needs strength and protection
- You have a dental implant that needs to be restored
- You have missing teeth and need support for a dental bridge
- You have a poorly proportioned or severely stained tooth
If we recommend a dental crown at our Great Bridge Chesapeake, VA dental office, our dentists will explain why and how it will benefit your oral health. We’ll tell you about any other options and explain the pros and cons of each. We want you to feel confident and fully informed before you make any treatment decision.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Dental Crown?
Getting a dental crown typically requires two appointments. At your first, we prepare your tooth and take impressions. We use the impressions to create a model of your teeth. The model is used to fabricate your temporary crown and sent to a custom lab that prepares your final crown.
When your new crown is ready, we’ll have you return to our office so we can make sure it fits properly. Our dentists will make any adjustments to ensure that your crown doesn’t interfere with your dental bite. The final step is to polish your crown and cement it securely in place.
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic appliance we use to replace a missing tooth. Our dentists create at a minimum a three-piece porcelain/ceramic restoration that we call a bridge. It consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) that is suspended on either side by dental crowns. The crowns are attached to adjacent teeth for support, and the pontic sits in the open space.
The steps involved with getting a dental bridge are similar to those when getting a crown. We prepare the anchor teeth for the crowns, take impressions, and create a temporary bridge. When your restoration comes back from the dental lab, our dentists will adjust it for fit and cement it securely in place.
Please Call to Arrange an Appointment
Our team understands how even one damaged tooth can minimize your ability to enjoy life to its fullest. If you are tired of your life revolving around a damaged or missing tooth, please call us at (757) 548-3238 to arrange an appointment.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your healthiest, most attractive smile.