We take your smile from flawed to fantastic with quality dental crowns and bridges in Cleveland, OH
Modern dental materials allow for skilled dentists such as Dr. Tony Lu to rebuild a portion of a damaged tooth, or even the entire tooth – from the “root up.” We at Downtown Dental Services in Cleveland, OH are pleased to offer highly functional (and cosmetic) dental crowns and bridges to complete your fantastic smile!
A crowning dental achievement
Find the nearest mirror. Smile! The white part of each tooth that you see above the gums is a crown. The natural crown may become damaged, because of gum disease or tooth decay. Likewise, crowns can be fractured, and their structural integrity may be threatened due to trauma; for instance, dental injuries from falls or sports-related activities, or chronic teeth-grinding that goes untreated. Repeated dental treatments or even large fillings can also take their toll on crowns, putting them at increased risk of developing irreversible damage.
We can recreate the crowned portion of the damaged tooth. Dr. Lu uses only the finest, most durable materials to build new, structurally-sound crowns. These materials include dental ceramics, such as porcelain. After the damaged areas of the tooth have been removed, the natural structure is shaped. So, the crown can fit over the prepared tooth perfectly. Once your new crown is complete, we will fit it over the tooth like a cap or crown fits over a person’s head. If all looks and feels right, your dentist cements the crown in place. Care for it like you would a natural tooth. With routine visits to our office for professional cleanings and good hygiene at home, your crowned tooth will hold up well for years to come.
Bridging gaps in your smile
No single treatment can correct all cases of damage or decay. Damage to the tooth may be such that it cannot be repaired with a crown or other type of restorations. In these situations, we will discuss options for tooth replacement. It is important to replace missing teeth quickly. The longer you go without teeth, the worse bone loss becomes. You have probably heard the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” This applies to the jawbone. If bone in the jaw does not get stimulation from teeth (the force from chewing food is transferred to the jawbone), this tissue resorbs. The bone resorption process alters everything from chewing to speech patterns to the contours of your face.
Dental bridges can be designed to replace a single tooth or a grouping of teeth. The replacement teeth (pontics) are held in place by either crowned abutments or neighboring teeth, or by dental implants strategically placed in the jaw. Implants function like tooth roots to stabilize the teeth. Conventional bridges fuse the pontic and the crowns together. This unit is then cemented to the shaped, abutment teeth. Once in place, the pontics bridge the gap. As with crowns, we use quality ceramics for your replacement teeth. You will be proud to show off your new teeth, even if you have gaps right in the middle of your smile zone.
Embarrassed by gaps? Holding on to painful, damaged teeth? Call us! We look forward to meeting you and discussing your options.