Keeping your smile healthy and clean with various dental procedures is crucial to your oral health and can help your smile steer clear of restorative dentistrytooth decay and gum disease. However, some dental procedures can do more than keeping your teeth functional. Procedures like bridges, crowns and root canals can improve your quality of life and make your daily tasks like eating easier. Learn more about these procedures with Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR.

What is a dental bridge? 
A dental bridge is a customized porcelain dental restoration which replaces a missing tooth. The bridge attaches to two healthy teeth surrounding the gap to stay in place. A bridge can attach using metal clasps to latch onto the teeth or dental crowns on either side of the restoration to attach permanently to the surrounding tooth. Thanks to its materials, a dental bridge closely resembles a natural tooth and blends right in with your smile.

What is a dental crown? 
A dental crown is also a porcelain dental restoration, but instead of replacing a missing tooth, a crown fits over a damaged tooth to protect it. A crown requires some preparation of the tooth, involving shaping it into the correct form to fit inside the crown. A crown can help restore a damaged or broken tooth, a tooth with a large filling, complete a dental implant or secure a dental bridge in place.

What is a root canal? 
Root canal therapy cleans infected and decayed tissue from the inside of a tooth. The most common sign of requiring a root canal is a toothache, which occurs when the tooth’s nerve becomes damaged either by trauma or tooth decay. The root canal will eliminate the toothache, allowing patients to get back to their normal, pain-free lives.

Dental Procedures in Springfield, OR
These procedures work to eliminate pain, make chewing or eating easier and restore the mouth’s bite to decrease the chances of conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If you think you could benefit from a restorative dental procedure, you should consult with your dentist at Dow Dental. For more information on dental procedures to help keep you mouth and tooth pain-free, please contact Dr. Coleman Dow and Dr. Douglas Dow in Springfield, OR. Call (541) 726-9644 to schedule a consultation with your dentist today!