If you suffer from chipped or weak teeth, a crown can help you get back that power in your bite. If you have lost teeth, a bridge might be a great solution to close that gap. Either way, Family Dental Care in Beaverton, Oregon, has an affordable solution for you!
Crowns are used to strengthen or reshape a weak tooth. We bond them to your teeth to fully repair teeth and restore their function. They can also be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Our crowns are made of beautiful, high-quality porcelain to match the rest of your teeth.
Generally, a crown will take two visits. During the first visit, the dentist makes an impression of your tooth and prepares it for the crown. During this preparation phase, your dentist may file your tooth to make room for the crown to fit. Finally, your dentist will give you a temporary filling or crown to protect your tooth while you wait.
Between visits, your dentist will send the impression of your tooth to the lab. The lab makes your crown within two to three weeks.
On your second visit, your dentist bonds the crown to your tooth. Once in place, the crown can last a lifetime with good at-home care and regular checkups. Over time, it may become loose or fall out due to injury, changes in your bite, or extensive wear. Make sure to schedule regular dental checkups with our dentist to make sure the crown stays secure.
Bridges are recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. The spaces between teeth cause shifting in your bite and will weaken it if nothing is done. A bridge uses your remaining teeth as anchors for a prosthetic tooth, which is used to close the gap. Bridges are available in porcelain to match your teeth for a natural-looking restoration.
The procedure for placing the bridge is similar to that of placing a crown. It will take two visits. The first visit will involve your dentist making an impression of your tooth to send to the lab.
After two weeks or so, the lab will send back your bridge and supporting crowns. The crowns will cap the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The bridge will then be placed to prevent teeth from shifting and provide the aesthetic of a real tooth.
You’ve heard it before, and you’re about to hear it again. The best thing for taking care of your crown or bridge is brushing twice and floss once a day, according to the American Dentist Association. Don’t forget to avoid hard foods like ice and see your dentist regularly.
You don’t have to live with a chipped or missing tooth. Call Family Dental Care in Beaverton, Oregon today and schedule an appointment! You will find affordable options to improve your confidence with a brilliant smile!