Dr. Kary Berry offers a wide variety of cosmetic dental options for people of all ages and needs, including porcelain crowns and dental bridges. A porcelain crown is used to repair, reshape, or strengthen one of your teeth. A dental bridge is used when you have lost a tooth and want a replacement other than a dental implant or a partial denture.
If you think you might need a dental crown or a dental bridge and you’re around the Centennial area, please call 303-759-5662 or email Park Meadows Dental Care to schedule an appointment.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
When a tooth is damaged or decayed such that a mere filling or dental bonding would be insufficient to provide enough protection and structural integrity to the tooth to prevent future damage and decay; a dentist will usually opt to place a crown on the tooth. Teeth crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but Dr. Berry usually recommends the use of porcelain teeth crowns. An all-porcelain crown provides the natural aesthetic you want, so you don’t have the dark line close to the gum that comes from a teeth crown with metal in it. It may also come as a surprise to many that porcelain is actually a very strong, tooth-like material that will last a long time; it can even last an entire lifetime with the proper care.
If you live in the Centennial area and need to have a tooth crown placed, use our website to make an appointment online, or call our office right now to speak with us.
How Do Porcelain Crowns Work?
When you visit our dental office for a porcelain tooth crown, we will first determine if you need a crown. It is likely that we will begin by taking some digital X-rays to determine the extent of the decay or damage to your tooth.
Before anything is done to the tooth, Dr. Berry will gently numb the area with local anesthetic. When you are thoroughly numb, Dr. Berry will then begin removing the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth, careful to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
If the decay or damage has reached the tooth’s pulp, it may be necessary to perform a root canal. This removes any infection within the tooth and prevents future infection and pain. Despite common misconceptions, root canals are relatively painless and are not anything to fret over.
Once the tooth is prepared, we will then take an impression of the tooth, so the crown will fit properly when “seated”, or placed.
Dr. Berry will carefully note the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the tooth is located in the front of your smile, Dr. Berry will also make sure the tooth crown matches in opacity toward the edge of the tooth and will match any other unique features of your teeth. This action will make your new tooth crown as inconspicuous as possible.
We will send the impression of your tooth to a dental lab, where they will carefully craft the tooth crown to Dr. Berry’s specifications. We usually receive porcelain crowns back from the lab in 2 to 3 weeks.
In the meantime, Dr. Berry will place a temporary crown so you can continue about your daily life. Temporary crowns are not as strong as a permanent crown, so you’ll need to be careful about what you eat and how you chew. Thankfully, it should get you by until your permanent crown is ready.
If, for some reason, you have lost a tooth or need a tooth extracted, a dental bridge can replace the missing tooth. While not as ideal as a dental implant, we can close the gap in your smile with a beautiful dental bridge if receiving a dental implant is too costly.
A dental bridge consists of three parts: 2 crowns and the pontic, or “dummy tooth”, in between. The two teeth adjoining the space of the missing tooth are prepared as described above to receive the dental bridge. Impressions are taken, and the dental bridge is placed a couple weeks later when it comes back from the dental lab.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a dental crown or dental bridge in Centennial, please contact Park meadows Dental Care today.