Crowns and Bridges in Bridgeton, MO
Are you dealing with damaged or missing teeth? Then you know first hand what a pain they can be. Teeth that are broken or have extensive decay hurt a great deal, make it difficult to chew food and erode your quality of life. Missing teeth give you gaps in your smile that may make you self-conscious and also affect the types of food you can eat.
Dr. Burgdorf is dedicated to repairing your smile and giving you back the full functionality of all your teeth. When you have a beautiful smile filled with attractive teeth that work as they should, life is good.
A crown is essentially an artificial tooth that fits over the top of the existing tooth to protect and support it. Crowns may be used to repair broken or decayed teeth (once the decayed portion has been removed), support teeth that have a great deal of filling material (such as occurs with root canal therapy), and even replace missing teeth as part of a dental implant system.
In the past, crowns were usually made of metal and were easily visible. Later improvements used a ceramic-fused-to-metal crown, and while these were less obvious than metal crowns, they still left a gray line at the gumline that gave them away.
Today, crowns are made of materials like porcelain and zirconia. These remarkable crowns are completely lifelike, and once they are placed, nobody will ever know that they are not your real teeth. At our office, we use the very best laboratories, both locally and in the U.S., to ensure that we deliver the longest lasting, most natural-looking products to our patients. It’s important to us that you look and feel great with your new dental restorations, and we’re not happy until you’re happy.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is essentially a row of crowns that fits into the gap left by the missing teeth. It is held in place by crowns placed over either the adjacent teeth or dental implants. Unlike partials, bridges remain in your mouth permanently. Bridges are also long lasting, and with appropriate care, your bridge may last a lifetime.
To place both crowns and bridges, you will need to come into our office for an assessment and examination. Dr. Burgdorf will examine your teeth and discuss your dental health and your goals with you to determine whether a crown or bridge is the right option for repairing or replacing your teeth.
We’ll then take photographs and impressions to send to the lab that will be creating your restorations. Once the crown or bridge is back from the lab, you’ll return to our office to have your restoration placed. Once this is finished, you’ll leave with a complete smile, restored to full functionality.
Caring for Your Restorations
Like your own natural teeth, crowns and bridges can stain or be damaged by excessive pressure. Continue to brush and floss your teeth according to the routine recommended by Dr. Burgdorf. You should also continue to visit our office for regular check-ups and cleanings. At these appointments, we’ll check the condition of your restorations to make sure that they are still in great shape. Of course, if you do happen to damage your restoration, call our office immediately – this is considered a dental emergency. We’ll get you in as soon as possible to check your bridge or crown and fix the damage.
Call our office today to schedule your appointment with Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.