All dentists strive to prevent oral health problems, as do their patients. However, sometimes restorations or even full tooth replacements Dental Crowns And Bridgesbecome necessary due to decay, infection, or injury. At Dow Dental in Springfield, OR, Drs. Douglas and Coleman Dow create dental bridges and porcelain crowns that bring smiles back to the beauty and functionality which they once had. What's your restorative need?

What is a porcelain crown?

A porcelain crown caps a damaged tooth above the gum line. Tooth-shaped and permanently bonded in place, a crown protects a weakened tooth structure, preserving the life of the tooth and improving how it looks.

Dr. Dow can tell you if a crown is right for your tooth by examining it and taking digital X-rays. Before the crowning procedure, some teeth require root canal therapy to remove inflamed pulp from deep within the tooth. In any case, crowning involves the removal of old fillings and decay and shaping the tooth so that it properly accepts the customized restoration.

Most crown treatments take two appointments at Dow Dental—one to evaluate/ prep the tooth and to take oral impressions, and another appointment to bond the new crown in place. Comfortable and lifelike, crowns last anywhere from 5-to-15 years, according to Doc Shop. However, longevity depends on avoiding teeth clenching and keeping good oral hygiene habits.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge from Dow Dental in Springfield replaces one or more missing teeth. Crowns placed over adjoining natural teeth support the pontics (i.e. the customized artificial teeth). The Drs. Dow take great care in crafting the treatment plan so that the bridge:

  • Fits properly
  • Looks natural in size and color
  • Bites with the opposing arch perfectly

Sometimes, bridges may be supported by titanium dental implants being surgically placed directly into the jaw bone. Once in place, they are truly permanent and will last for years with routine brushing, flossing, and hygienic cleanings at Dow Dental. As with dental crowns, you should keep your appliance free of plaque and tartar for good oral health and increased bridgework longevity.

The help your smile needs
To complete your smile, look into dental crowns and bridges from Dow Dental in Springfield, OR. Call (541) 726-9644 today for an appointment with one of our highly skilled dentists!