Crowns and Bridges Columbia
If you experience pain when you bite or if you have brittle teeth, you may suffer from tooth decay. Our crowns services will help maintain and improve the overall health of your smile. As an alternative for our patients in Columbia, we also offer bridge procedures to prevent teeth movement and provide a long lasting solution to dental implants.
At Midlands Dental we use state-of-the-art procedures to ensure your dental crown appointment runs as smoothly as possible. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth and secured with dental cement. Crowns are most commonly used to improve the strength or appearance of a tooth. A dental impression is usually required in order to fabricate the crown...or at least this used to be the case..
Today the majority of crowns are made from Gold and Porcelain:
- Porcelain crowns are considered aesthetically more appealing and to be very natural looking.
- Gold is usually used on the back teeth and is easier to work with than porcelain. Gold also requires less tooth to be drilled away.
We are now offering one appointment crowns that utilize a catalog of images of your tooth replacing the need for impressions. This type of crown is made using a very strong type of porcelain called E-max. Thanks to technology, or specifically, CAD/CAM computer technology, we use the CEREC program to design and mill a crown to fit your tooth during your visit to our office.
Crowns are used as a protective cover for worn down or broken teeth, to cover dental implants, a dental bridge or a tooth with a large filling.
When a patient is missing a tooth, a bridge can be used as a replacement by attaching permanently to dental implants or neighboring teeth. Bridges are used in place of dentures or dental implants.
Bridges not only restore a patient's smile, they also prevent the teeth on either side of a missing tooth from shifting which can potentially lead to gum disease. Bridges are most frequently made with gold or porcelain, but there are other alternatives which are more aesthetically pleasing depending on the bridge location.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
- Prevent erosion or moving
- Maintain the shape of the patient's face
- Restore a patient's smile
- Restore the ability for patient to chew properly
- Last a long time
- Aesthetically pleasing