If you have damaged, missing, or decayed teeth, St John Smiles has the proven restorative technology to offer you permanent relief. With customized crowns and bridges, we can restore the structure of your bite and drastically improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. You’ll find these devices not only feel comfortable, but they look completely natural as well.
When your tooth is damaged or weakened, a dental crown (also known as a dental cap) is installed over your natural tooth to fortify the dental enamel and protect the tooth. There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend a crown, including the following:
- Replacing a filling
- Repairing a fractured tooth
- Providing structure for poorly shaped/discolored teeth
- Covering dental implants
- Restoring teeth after root canal treatment
- Securing bridges in place
The process of installing a crown may require multiple visits to the St John Smiles office. First, we will likely need to prepare and reshape your tooth before placing a crown over it. Once your tooth is ready, we will take an impression of your mouth to create a crown that blends in perfectly with your surrounding teeth. It may take a bit of time to create your permanent device, so we will place a temporary fixture over the tooth while you wait. Once ready, the crown will be cemented into place to provide you permanent relief. Not only will a crown restore the structure and functionality of your tooth, but it will look and feel like new!
If you have one or more missing teeth, a bridge may be the perfect solution. These devices span across the gap in your bite to hold prosthetic teeth in place. A bridge greatly improves the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but there are also structural benefits to these devices as well! These restorative functions include the following:
- Preventing any shifts in your bite
- Reducing pain in the jaw due to an uneven bite
- Providing structure for your surrounding teeth
- Recovering chewing functionality
- Improving your speech
To ensure that your bridge is held securely and permanently in place, your dentist will install crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap. Therefore, the process of fitting and placing your bridge will include shaping the teeth, taking impressions, and fitting you for a temporary bridge while you wait for your permanent device. Once the bridge is in place, your device will last for ten years—if not more! What’s more, these prosthetic teeth look completely natural and will blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Crowns and bridges can greatly improve your quality of life—making it easier to chew, smile, and speak with ease.
To learn more about how crowns and bridges can improve the structure and appearance of your smile, call St John Smiles today!