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FAMILY DENTISTRY

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Missing and damaged teeth can be extremely embarrassing. Take back your smile with our experienced crown and bridge services. Our dental pieces will fit so flawlessly that no one will even know it's not your own tooth!

Looking for a permanent solution? Consider a dental implant.

Although crowns are most likely used after root canal treatment, they can be a great solution to broken and chipped teeth.

 

Crowns are also a great option if you want to prevent further damage to a weak tooth.

Cover your tooth with a crown

Stop smiling through pursed lips because you don't want others to know you have a missing tooth.

 

Not only are bridges aesthetically pleasing, but they can last for years with the right care.

Fill the gap from a missing tooth

Enhance your smile with a crown or bridge

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling.   They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

Crowns

Veneers

Veneers are a prosthetic device used to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or in most cases multiple teeth on the upper arch to create a big bright "Hollywood" type of smile makeover. Many people have small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have stained or discolored tooth/teeth. Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, fill the black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession, provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight.

Bridges

This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material.   The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to "fall", as this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.