Crowns & Bridgework
Powell Family Dentistry
Dentistry is an art as well as a science; dental crowns offer a perfect example of this. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework.
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today’s high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance.
There are other materials besides porcelain that we can use to make dental crowns, depending on what qualities are most important. For durability, cast gold can’t be beat. However, this is not always the most aesthetic choice — especially towards the front of the mouth. Other possibilities include porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM), which have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a more natural appearance, and all-porcelain crowns with zirconia, representing the strongest ceramic. We would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of these various options with you.
Crowning or Capping a Tooth
After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with reliable, putty-like impression materials, and sent to the dental laboratory. There, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown. The models will serve as guides to the highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source, or a type of permanent cement.
Creating a Bridge
The number of abutment teeth necessary to replace missing teeth is influenced by the number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as where in the mouth the missing tooth is located. For example, if you have three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-tooth bridge. Engineering and designing of the bridge requires an understanding of how to replace teeth, as well as the biology of the supporting gum and bone tissue.
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
"Friendly and Efficient: I have been a patient for several years and have always found Dr. Powell and his staff to be on-time, friendly, and very thorough in their work. They explain what they are going to do and answer questions about problems with my teeth and cleanings. They are very professional and experienced!"
"This is a wonderful office. They are so nice and professional and really put your needs first. I went in with a problem tooth and they were able to not only give me multiple options but educated me on each one. I highly recommend them for their wonderful patient care and their pricing! Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience considering going to the dentist is not always the most fun experience!"
"My experience with them was amazing! They are thorough on explaining what is going on in your mouth and what steps to take. I loved so much I already have my next appointment set up and canceled my son's appointment with another dentist to take him here."
"Finally, a dentist I am happy with. They are professional, caring, and provide the kind of dental care I have been searching for. Thank you!"
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Friday - Sunday Closed
Powell Family Dentistry
6506 State Park Rd.
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
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