Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are one of many options for restoring teeth that have become infected, damaged or lost.  Through these procedures, a patient can regain the functionality of their tooth with safe and natural looking results! Dr. Chapman is an expert at these procedures and is ready to help.  Contact us to schedule your consultation.

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. A crown is typically used to restore a damaged tooth but can also be used for cosmetic purposes.  It can be made in three different materials; all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic.  Ceramic offers a more natural look with the durability like that of metal.  Dr. Chapman can help to determine the best solution for you.

What are dental bridges?

Where appropriate, a dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery.  The new tooth is held in place by two crowns.  It looks natural to match the surrounding teeth and can feel amazing.  At Chapman Family Dentistry, our team is prepared to help you with this modern and popular option for tooth care.

What to Expect

Before the Procedure

When receiving this procedure for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth beforehand.  At Chapman Family Dentistry, we offer a wide array of teeth whitening procedures.  Whitening is important because the material that crowns and bridges are made of need to match the existing teeth.  When preparing for the procedure we recommend that you take time off to rest, as it is normal for teeth to have temporary sensitivity.

The Process

Dr. Chapman is an expert at installing dental crowns and bridges.  Using sedation dentistry, our team can make the process comfortable.  To start, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab.  When placing a dental crown around a tooth, we begin by removing a portion of enamel so that there is proper room for the new crown.  Next, the tooth is cleaned, and a temporary crown is secured.  Patients typically wear a temporary crown for two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with certain foods/beverages and how you brush your teeth.  With a crown, the permanents are bonded to the tooth and the procedure is complete.  With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one.  These two crowns serve as anchors for a synthetic “bridge” and then the procedure is complete.

After the Procedure

When getting dental crowns and dental bridges, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive; thus, the reason for wearing a temporary crown, while waiting for a permanent one to be created.  Sedation dentistry helps prevent discomfort during the procedure.  Afterwards it is typical to take oral pain medication, prescribed by Dr. Chapman, for a couple of days until you feel better.  The benefit of wearing a crown is that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can feel normal and eat your favorite foods, without fear of discomfort.  This also helps to alleviate severe tooth sensitivity.  A bridge also makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out.

The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth. To find out if the procedure is right for you, call 228-875-3258 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chapman and discuss your options. At Chapman Family Dentistry, we make it easier for patients throughout Ocean Springs to have a beautiful and functional smile.