Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crown and bridge restorations are two of the longest used and most dependable restorative dentistry solutions available at Valley View Dental. Our St. Peter dentist, Jennifer Miller, DDS, offers dental restorations that look, feel, and function just like your healthy, natural smile. We offer crowns and bridges crafted from a variety of materials to ensure quality and longevity.
Dental Crown Restoration
Dental crowns fit completely over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth. They are available in a variety of materials. Crowns can be crafted from gold, porcelain bonded to metal, or all-ceramic depending on your unique needs. Gold crowns are strong and create minimal wear against the opposing teeth, but they do not look much like natural tooth structure. We recommend these materials for the back teeth that absorb the greatest amount of force as patients chew. Porcelain fused to metal crowns look more natural, but the layer of porcelain on top of the metal wears away over time darkening the restoration. For the most cosmetic solution and for patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metal, all-ceramic crowns are the best solution.
Fixed Bridge Tooth Replacement
Fixed bridges are tooth replacement prosthetics. Like a bridge over roads or rivers, a dental bridge closes the gap left when patients lose a tooth or a few consecutive teeth. A replacement tooth fuses to dental crowns on both sides. The dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth for support, bridging the gap in the patient’s smile and completely renewing damaged dental structures. Fixed bridges are crafted from the same quality materials we use to create dental crowns.
The Restoration Process
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are designed, crafted, and placed over the course of two appointments. During the first visit, we prepare the tooth or teeth that will receive a dental crown. To prepare the tooth, we remove a small amount of surface enamel. This allows the dental crown to fit into the natural smile line. Once the tooth is prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be used by our lab to craft the crown or bridge. Then, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the prepared tooth or teeth. When we receive your custom dental restoration, you’ll return for a second appointment where we’ll exchange the temporary for the custom dental crown or fixed bridge.
Caring for Your Restoration
Following dental crown or fixed bridge restoration, your oral hygiene routine will not be dramatically impacted. You may need to switch to a soft or ultra-soft bristled tooth brush, if you’re not already using one. Our team also recommends a minimally abrasive toothpaste, and we can help you find some options. For patients who receive a fixed bridge, you’ll need to use a special flossing tool to clean between the replacement tooth and the gum line. These are the same flossers recommended for patients with braces in order to clean beneath the wires. They have hard points on one end, so you can easily insert the floss beneath your restoration.