If your teeth have become damaged and are in need of the restorative dental services we offer here at Over the Mountain Dentistry, then we can help restore the appearance and functionality to your teeth.
A dental crown is an aesthetic dental restoration that surrounds a damaged tooth or dental implant to provide stability and protect your tooth or teeth. Crowns are most often needed when a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth. Cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth can also benefit from dental crowns as well, since they provide added protection from bacteria. Using dental cement, we will bond the crown to the remaining tooth or, using an abutment, the crown can be placed atop of a dental implant.
At Over the Mountain Dentistry, we are proud to use Tooth-Colored BruxZir® Solid Zirconium Crowns & Bridges. They are a stronger and more durable solution that will last longer in your mouth. The white ceramic looking material is also more aesthetically pleasing than cast gold and/or metal, and can be specifically shaded to match your teeth.
For more information regarding dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
There are various reasons why a dental crown might need to be placed. Some of these reasons are:
- Support for a tooth with a large dental filling
- To cover, support and protect damaged teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To hide discolored or misshapen teeth
If you have lost a tooth or damaged a tooth beyond repair, dental implants may be required to restore functionality to your mouth. Dental Implants look and feel like your natural teeth, making it difficult for people around you to notice that you are missing a tooth.
Implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that are made of surgical-grade titanium alloys that are implanted into your jaw bone to support a dental crown or dentures. The process for installing dental implants requires multiple surgeries over the course of six months. The break between surgeries is required to allow the implant to bond to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
A dental inlay or onlay is used when decay or damage in a tooth is too much for a filling to fix, but full tooth replacement (dental crown) is not necessary. It is bonded or cemented into place. An inlay is similar to a filling, but it lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of your tooth. An onlay is larger than an inlay. It replaces one or more cusps of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are very durable and can last many years as long as the patient sees the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.
If you are missing multiple teeth, you might require full or partial dentures to restore your smile. These removable prosthetic devices are constructed to replace teeth by resting on dental implants or the hard and soft gum tissues in your mouth. A full denture, as the name implies, replaces all of your natural teeth while partial dentures only replace a small section of teeth. If you feel you are in need of dentures, it is best to consult your dentist about your options.
Dental bridges are false permanent teeth that help fill gaps in the mouth left by missing teeth. These bridges are usually anchored to surrounding teeth with bonding cement to ensure the protection of the missing teeth. Dental bridges can be used simultaneously with dental implants to create a stronger false permanent tooth solution.
If you are in need of any of the restorative dental services we offer here at Over the Mountain Dentistry in Mountain Brook, AL, you can contact us here or call us at 205.968.1296 to schedule an appointment.