Broken, worn down, decayed, and missing teeth don’t feel or look good. Leaving teeth in this state can lead torturous toothaches, lost time at school or work, and lengthy, expensive repair procedures. Furthermore, a broken front tooth can have an extremely negative effect on confidence. Your first impression at a social event or workplace setting is often associated with your smile, which makes it hard to network or go on a date when you avoid smiling out of embarrassment. We are here to prevent and help manage any situation.
Dental crowns and bridges are a great way to make teeth look like natural teeth again and give you your smile back.
If you struggle with damaged or missing teeth, please contact Highpoint Dental Care in Aurora today at 303-500-8701 to schedule your dental exam and consultation. Our restorative and cosmetic dentists serve patients in the Aurora, Colorado, area including Green Valley Ranch, Parker, and Centennial.
There are several details involved in the crown or bridge process, and you likely have questions about your options, such as:
- What Is a Dental Crown?
- What Is a Dental Bridge?
- How Is the Crown or Bridge Procedure Performed?
- What are Same-Day Crowns?
- Do dental implants need crowns?
- How Can I Prepare for a Crown or Bridge?
- What Is the Recovery Process?
- Can I Combine a Crown or Bridge with Another Procedure?
- Why Choose Highpoint Dental Care?
A dental crown is a covering, sometimes known as a “cap”, made out of ceramic and/or metal that surrounds an entire tooth. Crowns are typically utilized when a tooth is damaged by decay, fracture, wear, or when there is a cosmetic issue. Cosmetic flaws or minor damages may also be corrected with thin front coverings called porcelain veneers, which typically preserve more tooth structure.
The chosen material for your dental crown will depend on the location of the tooth, the composition of the opposing tooth, and how strong the crown needs to be to last. Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe have many years of clinical experience to recommend the most esthetic, long-lasting option for your teeth. When it comes to front teeth, we are focused on esthetic porcelain to create the most natural look for you. When it comes to back teeth, we recommend using a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown or a zirconia (all-porcelain) crown to give the most strength.
Crowns are excellent for patients who have severe tooth sensitivity, significant tooth fracture, or have undergone a root canal. These prosthetics are durable and provide years of services if well maintained. Our crowns all come with a 5-year warranty as long as all hygiene appointments are maintained, so please ask about this at your visit.
A dental bridge is a lab fabricated dental prosthetic designed to replace a missing tooth by connecting two crowns together with a “filler” tooth called a pontic. The prosthetic literally “bridges the gap” left from a missing tooth. Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons such as decay, fracture, injury, and advanced gum disease, the leading cause of missing teeth.
Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe will create bridges that last many years in your mouth. Function and cosmetics are completed at the highest level with our dentists. Bridges are recommended to avoid removable dentures and fill in missing teeth that will lead to shifting teeth, poor bite, bone shrinkage after tooth removal, and poor esthetics.
Dental bridges will match the shade of your existing teeth and are typically are made of zirconia (all-porcelain) in the anterior and porcelain-fused-to-metal in the posterior. The anchor crowns on either side hold the bridge in place permanently with cement so they do not need to be removed in any way. The tooth filling in the void, also known as a pontic, looks like a real tooth as it is shaped similarly to the missing tooth and is designed to emerge out of the gum tissue. Dental bridges can improve oral health by providing optimal form and functionality. These prosthetics are durable, last many years, and allow you to speak, eat, and drink normally. Our bridges all come with a 5 warranty as long as all hygiene appointments are maintained, so please ask about this at your visit.
We can fix your tooth in a matter of hours! We have the modern technology with the ability to create your crown in a single visit. This technology, called E4D scanning and milling, is present at our Aurora dental office for same day crowns. This device gives our dentists the ability to prepare and deliver crowns during the same appointment – a service that many dental offices don't have. You will be able to leave your appointment with a permanent crown, with no need for temporaries or a second visit. That is the Highpoint difference.
Arguably the most important part of your dental implant is the crown attached to it. This should feel and look natural if done by experienced dentists like Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and are a great alternative to a dental bridge procedure because the adjacent teeth do not need to be prepared. Traditional dental implants consist of three parts: the implant screw, the attachment abutment, and the crown. The dental implant is placed in a single surgical visit, and the implant is fully restored after healing with the attached abutment and crown. With multiple missing teeth, a dental implant-supported bridge can be fabricated by placing two dental implants apart from each other and using a dental bridge to cement over the top of these parts. If the missing tooth space is small, a mini implant may be recommended. Mini implants consist of two parts: the implant screw and the crown. Some implants that attach to dentures do not require crowns, but rather an attachment apparatus that connects to the denture. Please inquire about which dental implant option is best for you. Our dentists will ensure your implant feels like a natural tooth with proper placement and restoration.
Getting a crown or bridge begins with a thorough exam and consultation. We offer free consultations to patients undergoing advanced dental services such as crowns, bridges, smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry options, and implant services.
During your initial appointment, Dr. Baltz or Dr. Rowe will examine your teeth, gums, jawbone, and overall state of your mouth. After addressing your main concern, it is important to diagnose gum disease and tooth decay as they are the leading causes of tooth loss. It is our philosophy to save teeth and keep our patient’s from losing teeth and out of dentures if possible. Once we’ve established good oral health, we will develop a treatment plan for your needs based on your goals and what we discovered during the exam.
When it comes to dental crowns and bridges, experienced dentists such as Dr. Baltz or Dr. Roweare the most qualified to give you a quality, long-lasting result. The procedure begins by providing comfortable, profound anesthesia with the option of our complimentary nitrous oxide gas for relaxation. After numbing, we will prepare the necessary teeth and either scan or take an impression, which will be used to create the restoration in our office or high-quality dental lab.
In the case of a bridge, two crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap left by the missing tooth and the “bridge” portion, called a pontic, takes the place of the lost tooth. After the bridge is created and fitted in the mouth, it is permanently cemented to result in durable new teeth that appear and function normally.
Our dentists will tell you what steps you can take to prepare for your crown or bridge process at your initial or consultation exam. It is recommended that you eat a normal meal, take Ibuprofen/Tylenol 1 hour before the appointment (provided at visit), and update our office to any medical history changes. As a personal preference, some people undergoing the bridge procedure prefer to ask for at least one day off of work after the procedure.
The recovery from dental crowns or bridges is typically minimal. As we mentioned above, sensitivity can be a common side effect due to the response of the nerve from the tooth preparation. If a tooth is damaged with decay or fracture before the appointment, a tooth can be more prone to sensitivity. During your visit, we use several dental medications on your tooth to diminish sensitivity. However, if you encounter sensitivity or discomfort, we always recommend over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. In rare circumstances, prescribed medication can help to cope with any discomfort, but this should be discussed with our dentists. Make sure to discuss the oral pain medication you’re taking with our dentists to make sure you’re using the best option with the least side effects. We are always happy to see you anytime after your visit if you encounter problems, just call our office at 303-617-9100.
Dental crowns and bridges can be done in conjunction with other procedures, including teeth whitening, tooth fillings, and other services. Teeth whitening is common when we do crowns or bridges on anterior teeth to help achieve the best match and brighten a smile by removing organic stain from surrounding teeth. The ceramic porcelain materials used are designed to match the shade of your adjacent teeth, but they are stain-resistant and don’t respond to bleaching.
If a bridge is advised and other teeth require treatment, you may inquire about the general esthetics of your mouth. Some of these procedures that address esthetics and can be completed with a bridge or crown procedure would include:
- Smile Makeover: The correction of several functional or cosmetic flaws at once.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are similar to crowns but are mainly used for if most tooth structure remains or a different cosmetic appearance is desired. They are thin porcelain shells customized to redesign the facing of a tooth presenting with chips, cracks, deep discoloration, and malalignment. Lumineers are a similar option, but unlike veneers and crowns, they require little to no enamel reduction and can be removed if necessary.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are used for cosmetic and restorative reasons. They’re not used in conjunction with a bridge, though, because an implant completely replaces missing teeth without the need for crowns on the adjacent teeth. Dental implants create an artificial root system within your jawbone using a metal post and a crown is screwed on top of it.
- Composite Fillings: Many patients choose to replace old amalgam (combination of metals) fillings with tooth-colored composite ones.
At Highpoint Dental Care, we are focused on YOUR needs. Not only do we believe in listening to you and identifying the best way to reach your goals while also ensuring optimal oral health. Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe provide a fun and welcoming environment that eases your anxiety or discomfort in the dentist’s chair. We are a kid-friendly family dentistry office and also offer implant services and complex prosthetics that deliver an array of dental services for patients of all ages.
We are a family-oriented dentistry practice that serves, at times, multiple generations of the same family. Trusted and experienced, Dr. Baltz and Dr. Rowe have taken time and made great efforts toward creating a practice that is equal parts gentle, friendly and expert. We are uncompromising in our commitments to patient care and satisfaction, as well as to the fabrication and placement of the highest quality crowns and dental bridges.
Our office offers nearly all procedures and treatments in-house, making it easy for you to have advanced dental procedures done without going to a second location for your dental work. Whether you come in for a routine checkup or an implant consultation, our skilled staff and dentists will make sure you leave with a clean smile and a plan for improving your oral health and aesthetic concerns.
If you’re interested in dental crowns or bridges, please contact Highpoint Dental Care in Aurora, Colorado today at 303-617-9100 to schedule your exam or consultation. Drs. Baltz and Rowe serve patients in surrounding Colorado areas including Parker, Centennial, and Green Valley Ranch.