What’s a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed, or unattractive tooth to restore the look and function of your natural smile. A porcelain crown covers the tooth above the gum line, and can also be used to replace a missing tooth.
Dr. Burneson crafts crowns with high-quality porcelain to match the appearance and strength of your natural teeth. Our Ashland practice provides various types of dental crowns, such as:
- Cast gold for durability, though not always the most aesthetic choice
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM) have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a natural look
- All-porcelain with zirconia for a strong, long-lasting ceramic crown
Our knowledgeable team would be happy to discuss the benefits of these various options with you to determine which works best for your unique needs.
Crowning or Capping a Tooth
The crowning or capping process typically takes two to three visits to our Ashland office and includes the following steps:
- During your free consultation, Dr. Burneson will examine your mouth to determine which dental crown is the best option for you.
- Dr. Burneson will then prepare your natural tooth to receive its new crown by shaping it to make sure your crown fits perfectly. We’ll provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort.
- If there’s insufficient tooth structure for the procedure, we may require a tooth-colored filling to support your new crown.
- After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Burneson will take digital impressions of your teeth to send to a professional dental laboratory. These impressions ensure that your new crown is crafted to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
- Before you leave the office, we’ll attach a temporary crown to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready for placement.
- Once your crown is ready, Dr. Burneson will attach your porcelain crown to your tooth with a special dental resin, which hardens when exposed to a special light. At this point, you’ll be ready to show off your beautiful new smile.
What’s a Dental Bridge?
For patients missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the right solution for you. A dental bridge fills in gaps between your teeth, improving the appearance and function of your smile. It uses a pontic or the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
Bridges are usually secured with dental crowns that are attached to the natural teeth at the end of each gap. They can also be secured using our durable dental implants. To ensure a secure foundation for your prosthetic, Dr. Burneson may need to reshape the neighboring teeth so your temporary crowns fit perfectly. Once your bridge is ready, we’ll place it right here at our Ashland office.
How to Care for Your Crown or Bridge
Dental crowns and bridges require the same oral care as natural teeth. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day to prevent plaque build-up and maintain good oral hygiene. It’s also important to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Burneson at least twice a year.
If you experience teeth grinding, Dr. Burneson recommends wearing an oral appliance like a nightguard to protect your teeth from further damage.
Enhance Your Smile Today
If you’re unhappy with your smile, a dental crown or bridge can be the natural-looking solution you’ve been looking for. To learn more, call our Ashland office at (541) 482-7771 and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Burneson. He’ll explain your options in detail and help you get back on track toward a more beautiful smile.