Restorative Dentistry in Lexington, KY
Our teeth go through a lot of wear and tear over the years, which often leads to broken teeth, decay, or even tooth loss. That is where dental restorations at Garden Springs Dental come in.
If you have a damaged, decayed, or deeply discolored tooth, you might benefit from a dental crown to strengthen and protect it for years to come. If one or more missing teeth cause you to hide your smile, a dental bridge is an affordable way to fill in the empty space, letting you chew and speak normally and feel confident about your smile again.
Call your Lexington, KY dentists at Garden Springs Dental to learn how we can restore your smile. Our energetic, friendly team is here to help!
- What is a dental crown?
- When do you recommend a dental crown?
- What is the process for getting a dental crown?
- Can dental crowns help me replace missing teeth?
- Can a dental crown help my discolored tooth?
- What does a dental bridge do?
- How can I restore a missing tooth?
- How do you attach a dental bridge?
- What is the dental bridge process?
- How should I care for my dental crown or bridge?
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile and natural-looking treatments for restoring damaged or broken teeth. If you have a tooth that is weak, severely decayed, or at risk of fracturing, our Lexington dentists can place a dental crown, or “cap,” over your it to protect it for many years to come.
Today’s dental crowns are highly durable and blend beautifully with your real teeth in shape and color. A dental crown covers the entire tooth, functioning like a helmet to prevent further damage or decay. Dental crowns also work together with other restorative treatments to replace missing teeth.
When do you recommend a dental crown?
At Garden Springs Dental, we know how stressful and uncomfortable it feels to have a tooth that needs help. Whether you have tooth pain, difficulty chewing, or feel embarrassed about a darkened tooth, a dental crown can often fix the problem.
Dr. Davis and Dr. Edens use dental crowns to protect and restore weakened teeth, as in these situations:
- After root canal treatment
- To replace a large filling or a tooth that has had multiple fillings
- To repair a broken or cracked tooth or a tooth with a large chip
- We also place crowns on dental implants and to hold dental bridges in place.
- If you have a deeply discolored tooth that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening, a dental crown can cover the tooth and enhance your smile.
What is the process for getting a dental crown?
The usual process for a dental crown involves first visiting the dentist to prepare the tooth and take impressions. Then you receive a temporary crown while you wait for a dental lab to fabricate the permanent crown. When the tooth crown is ready, you need to make another trip to the dentist to have the finished crown adjusted and placed.
At Garden Springs Dental, we always look for ways to streamline and improve your treatment. We are pleased to offer the convenience of Planmeca FIT, an advanced dental imaging system. This state-of-the-art technology allows Dr. Davis and Dr. Edens to construct a finished dental crown right here in our dental office.
You can now complete the dental crown process in a single visit to our Lexington dental office!
There’s no need for multiple dental crown appointments, messy impressions, or temporary crowns that don’t fit properly. Today, we can create beautiful, durable, customized crowns, inlays, and onlays in about two hours.
EMax, the material used with Planmeca, is a high-strength porcelain material that is stronger than traditional dental porcelain. With proper home care and routine visits for exams and professional cleanings, you will enjoy the beauty and durability of your new crown for many years.
Can dental crowns help me replace missing teeth?
Yes! We use crowns with dental implants to provide a long-term, natural-looking treatment for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is biocompatible titanium post that an oral surgeon places in the jawbone. After the area heals, you will visit our Lexington, KY dental office so that we can place a dental crown on the implant. The tooth looks and functions just like a natural tooth, stimulating bone growth in the area and improving your oral health.
We also offer implant-retained dentures as a way to replace multiple missing teeth. A dental implant anchors the dentures for stability and a dental crown completes the restoration.
Can a dental crown help my discolored tooth?
Cosmetic dental problems are some of the easiest to fix and can boost your self-confidence. We often recommend teeth whitening for discolored teeth, but certain teeth don’t respond well to this treatment.
Teeth bleaching can fix many cases of yellow or discolored teeth caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, and other staining substances. But when stains occur under the tooth enamel, teeth whitening may be ineffective.
If you’re concerned about tooth stains, call our Lexington dental office to schedule a cosmetic dentistry appointment with Dr. Davis or Dr. Edens.
What does a dental bridge do?
A dental bridge is an effective and affordable way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile.
We create dental crowns to fit on each tooth next to the empty space, with an artificial tooth in the middle. The three-piece unit allows you to eat, chew, and speak normally and keeps the artificial tooth from shifting.
How can I restore a missing tooth?
Anyone with a missing tooth knows the impact it can have on their self-confidence, appearance, and ability to speak and eat normally. A missing tooth can cause bone loss, a sunken look in the face, and other teeth to shift.
An affordable treatment for missing teeth is a dental bridge. Our Lexington dentists are experts at creating a stable, highly functional, and attractive restoration that lasts for years.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth by connecting to adjacent, healthy teeth for stability and support.
Dental bridges are popular for several reasons:
- An affordable treatment for missing teeth
- Prevents nearby teeth from shifting
- Helps you speak and eat normally
- Enhances your smile and appearance
How do you attach a dental bridge?
Dental bridges use teeth that are adjacent to the empty space to provide stability and support for an artificial tooth. The treatment requires that the teeth on either side of the space be healthy. Our Lexington dentists place dental crowns on each adjacent tooth, and the artificial tooth (called a pontic) is suspended between the two using attachments.
The result is a single unit that fits perfectly in the empty space, providing stability for the artificial tooth.
What is the dental bridge process?
A dental bridge is made of three parts: A dental crown on adjacent teeth and an artificial tooth in the middle that attaches to each crown. Since the dental bridge attaches to the dental crowns on each side, it will not move.
First, we prepare the two adjacent teeth for dental crowns by reshaping their surfaces. We’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab for fabrication. You’ll receive a temporary bridge until your permanent restoration arrives.
When you return to Garden Springs Dental, we’ll make sure the fit is perfect. It may take several visits to check the framework and bite. Once we’re satisfied with the way it fits and feels, we will bond the dental bridge into place.
How should I care for my dental crown or bridge?
With the proper care, your dental restorations will last for many years. The best approach is to treat dental crowns and bridges like you would care for your natural teeth, brushing and flossing after meals and visiting Dr. Davis or Dr. Edens for twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings.
Our Lexington dentists will give you any special instructions for cleaning your dental bridge and may ask that you use a special brush or floss to remove debris and plaque around it.
At your dental checkups, we’ll look for any signs of damage, weakness, or decay in the restorations. If you experience any issues with your dental crown or bridge, contact us right away so we can fix the problem quickly.
Call Us about Dental Crowns and Bridges
At Garden Springs Dental, we’re here to help restore your teeth to function perfectly and look beautiful. Call our Lexington, KY dental office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how to fix broken teeth or missing teeth!