When a simple filling just won’t do for tooth decay or injury, a crown or bridge from your dentist in Allentown may provide the best solution. Dental crowns restore the strength of significantly decayed teeth, while dental bridges replace one, two, or several consecutively missing teeth. A crown or bridge can last for many years with proper maintenance, and may be completed in a single visit to Tomko Dental Associates with CEREC technology.
A dental crown is a thin covering that is bonded securely around the affected tooth, completely covering its surface all the way down to the gum line. A dental crown may be constructed from one of several materials, depending on the location of the tooth and your preference. Natural-looking ceramic crowns are good for teeth in the front of the smile, while metal or gold crowns may be preferred for back teeth.
Dental crowns in Allentown may be used in a variety of cases, including…
A dental crown can rescue a damaged tooth, while a dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge is secured in the smile using the two teeth surrounding the gap as anchors for the prosthetic teeth, or pontics, that fill the space in between. This restoration renews your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence, while also preventing the surrounding natural teeth from drifting out of alignment.
Crowns and bridges have traditionally been created and placed over the course of two visits to the dentist’s office. But with CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) technology, your dentist can plan for, prepare, manufacture, and place a dental crown, bridge, or other restoration in a single visit to our office. With this method, we use computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing and a milling machine located right here in our office for maximum convenience and efficiency. CEREC restorations are beautiful, natural-looking, and research shows they last just as long as those prepared in a separate lab.
After your smile has been restored with a crown or bridge, it can be expected to last for many years with proper maintenance. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, concentrating on the area at the base of the restoration to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup. Use an inter-dental cleaner for an even better clean.
We’ll schedule a follow-up visit soon after placing your crown or bridge. Make sure you attend this appointment; we will check to make sure your restoration fits properly and make any necessary adjustments to help you enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
Do you have an aching or damaged tooth that needs restoring? Or perhaps you are missing one or more teeth -- traditional crowns and bridges can help. We invite you to request an appointment at Tomko Dental Associates for quality, comfortable restorative dental services.