Dr. Robertson can perform restorative and cosmetic procedures such as dental crowns and bridges. A crown is a cap that fits directly over a tooth. The cap makes the tooth stronger and can serve as part of a dental bridge. A dental bridge is an appliance that literally bridges the gaps in the teeth. Bridges consist of two crowns on the surrounding teeth and a pontic (false tooth) in the middle. The bridge arrangement can restore proper bite and alignment to your mouth. Crowns and bridges may be necessary for a wide variety of situations and conditions.

Dr. Robertson usually recommends crowns for teeth that have root canals. A crown can give the tooth extra strength and protection. Other reasons you might need a crown is a broken tooth, a severely decayed tooth, a large filling, or a broken filling.

The crowning procedure involves at least two visits. During your first visit, Dr. Robertson will take an impression of your teeth. He will use the impression to create a temporary crown and a permanent crown. He will prepare your tooth thoroughly and then place the temporary crown on it. He will check for proper bite and fit so that he can make any necessary adjustment to the permanent crown. Your next appointment will be in approximately two weeks. The dentist will remove your temporary crown, clean your tooth, and then place the permanent crown in your mouth.

The bridge procedure is a bit more complex, and it may involve more than two visits. During the first visit, the abutment teeth (the teeth on both sides of the gap) will be prepared for the bridge and impressions taken of your teeth. The pontic is the artificial tooth that goes in between the abutment teeth. The dentist will need to reshape the two abutment teeth so that crowns can fit over them. He will place a temporary bridge in your mouth until your second visit. During the second visit, the dentist will apply your permanent bridge and test it for precision and accuracy.

You can choose from a wide variety of materials for your crowns and bridges. The most common crowns are ceramic crowns since they mimic the natural color of the teeth. Other crown materials include gold alloy, porcelain, and all-resin. The choice is yours according to your cosmetic preferences, best function, and pricing desires.

Dr. Robertson can help restore that beautiful strong smile that you used to have when it pertains to cosmetic dentists Springfield Oregon. You can preserve your crowns and bridges by practicing smart dental care. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. You should also visit us every six months for your routine dental cleaning. Crowns and bridges often last a lifetime if you take care of them. However, if you have a problem with a crown or bridge, we are here to help. Just give us a call, and we will schedule an immediate appointment.