Teeth are constantly working day in and day out. Chewing and biting are normal, but add occasional teeth grinding and clenching—the habitual kind that usually happens at night—and it’s no surprise that teeth easily become worn or weakened over time. And what about the possibility of tooth loss? The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that some 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. Tooth damage and loss are serious dental problems. Fortunately, Dr. Stephen Remmers at Remmers Dental in Louisville, KY, offers solutions. With dental crowns and dental bridges, your dentist in 40299 can have your smile looking and functioning as good as new.
A dental crown can be the appropriate solution for a few dental concerns including extensive tooth decay, traumatic injury, and a cracked or broken tooth. Crowns are also used to preserve and protect a tooth after root canal therapy.
At Remmers Dental, our dentists use the CEREC system to provide patients with strong and natural-looking crowns in just one appointment. Traditional dental crowns require two visits—one to prepare the tooth and set a temporary crown and the second to bond the permanent crown. With CEREC’s digital camera, computer software and milling unit, we can design, build and place a porcelain crown in just a matter of a couple of hours.
Crowns can be used in conjunction with dental bridges to give you teeth where there were previously one or more missing. A bridge spans the gap in your smile with pontics or false teeth. These false teeth are attached to dental crowns that are mounted to healthy teeth on either side of your missing teeth. Alternatively, if these abutment teeth are not strong enough to support a crown, then our dentists can use dental implants. These are placed in your jawbone to securely anchor a dental crown in lieu of the abutment teeth.
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. With proper oral hygiene care, your dental bridge can give you years of strong chewing ability and a healthy-looking smile. You’ll need to brush and floss around your bridge carefully to remove bacteria, debris, and plaque. A special floss threader will allow you to floss between the bridge and the underlying gum tissue to reduce the risk of plaque buildup here.
Contact us today if you have any questions about dental crowns or dental bridges, or if you’d like to schedule your first appointment here at our Louisville, KY, dental office location. Remmers Dental is also happy to welcome new patients from the communities of Elizabethtown, New Albany, and beyond.