There are lots of ways to repair dental damage. Two options we use often are dental crowns and bridges in Searcy. A dental crown is one of our most versatile dental restorations.Doctor Joseph Barker on Dental Crowns and Bridges Read Transcript
Crowns are used to restore teeth that are weakened because of either a broken part of tooth, a worn part of the tooth, or a decayed part of the tooth. Once it reaches over 50 percent of the natural tooth structure's gone, then you have to put a crown on it to support it. Anything less than that, what's going to happen is you're setting that tooth up for failure on down the road.
So that's why I prefer to put crowns on. One is for protection of the tooth, but two, it's more aesthetic. It's beautiful. I mean, we've got the porcelain technology now to where you can make it match exactly their other teeth.
As far as bridges – fixed partial dentures, or bridges as we like to call them – that’s where someone's missing one or more teeth, and we're able to crown a tooth on either side of the space, connect them, and then place false teeth, if you will, between those two that are actually bonded to a retainer. It looks and functions and acts just like your natural teeth.
And so we're able to replace multiple missing teeth, or a single tooth for that matter, and it's glued in. So you're not taking it in or out. It matches the teeth. It's aesthetically pleasing. You can eat, chew, function with it, and so they're a great, great alternative for missing teeth. You know, one of the options is something that's cemented in, and you don't have to take it in or out.
A crown can:
- Mend a cracked or broken tooth
- Seal a tooth after a root canal
- Conceal cosmetic imperfections such as stained or misshapen teeth
- Repair large cavities to keep a decayed tooth intact
- Replace a single missing tooth when used with a single dental implant or several teeth as part of a dental bridge
To repair your dental damage with a crown or a bridge, call 501-299-9117.
Technology Helps Us Find the Right Dental Fix
Getting a detailed look at your jaw and the rest of your facial structure helps us determine the best dental restorations for your situation. We use technology called cone beam computed tomography. It gives us clear 3-D images of not just your teeth but your whole mouth, jaw, and neck. This helps us better plan treatments like dental implants.
These images help if, for example, you’re trying to decide between a traditional fixed bridge attached to your own teeth or a bridge supported by implants. Using implants to support a bridge helps us avoid altering healthy teeth. The images may reveal you aren’t a good candidate for implants or that you need a bone graft before receiving them.
Use the Right Dental Restoration for Your Cavity
We generally try to modify healthy tooth structure as little as possible when repairing a cavity or other problem. So instead of a crown, which covers your entire tooth, we may recommend using an inlay or onlay for your dental fix. These restorations cover more of your tooth surface than a filling but less than a crown.
To see if dental crowns and bridges in Searcy are right for your smile, call 501-299-9117. We welcome patients from Searcy and from nearby communities like Brinkley, Des Arc, McCrory, and Batesville.