When a tooth is failing, or if you already have experienced tooth loss, you need quality restoration. At Dow Dental, our Springfield, OR restorative dentistrydentists, Dr. Douglas Dow and Dr. Coleman Dow, partner with patients to provide natural-looking and durable tooth replacements and restorations. Leaving a smile gapped, unattractive and weak is simply unacceptable. Read how you can get your smile back with beautiful dental crowns and fixed bridgework.

The dental crown

Some people call it a cap. Whatever the name, a dental crown covers and protects a tooth that has deep cavities, fractured enamel, infection, root canal treatment or numerous fillings. Crowns also restore dental implants (innovative and highly successful tooth replacements) and anchor false teeth as part of fixed bridgework.

Many dental crowns are fashioned from professional grade porcelain, a material that is strong and lifelike. Your Springfield dentist also uses porcelain fused to metal (PFM) for additional strength or all-gold, a material that lasts for years and years.

The restorative procedure

After your oral examination and X-rays at Dow Dental, our dentists will recommend the restoration or tooth replacement which best suits your situation. Both crowns and bridgework require oral impressions so the dental lab can make a model of your mouth and then custom-craft your prosthetic.

Also, both crowns and bridgework require some enamel shaping and reduction so they fit properly. This procedure requires a bit of local anesthetic. When the dentist finishes the shaping process, he'll place a temporary crown or bridge as needed.

When your prosthetic returns from the lab, you'll visit Dow Dental for a quick installation. Our dentists will remove the temporary and bond on the permanent bridge or crown. Bridges, usually composed of one, two or more adjoining artificial teeth (pontics), are bonded to natural teeth (abutments) on either side of the smile gap via crowns. Some bridgework, however, is secured by dental implants placed directly in the jaw bone. Your doctor will help you decide what treatment is best for you.

Caring for crowns and bridges

The same hygiene rules for natural teeth applied to restorations and tooth replacements: floss daily and brush twice a day with a soft brush. Avoid extra-hard foods such as peanut brittle and taffy, and wear a bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth. Finally, see our dentists semi-annually for an oral exam and hygienic cleaning.

Preserve your smile

Dental crowns and bridgework can enhance the appearance, function and lifespan of your smile. See the professionals at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR for an expert evaluation of your specific needs. Contact the office for an appointment: (541) 726-9644.