Dental crowns and dental bridges are time tested restorations that have been used in dentistry for many decades to restore form, function, and beauty to a patient’s smile. Today’s society is focused on appearance, and first impressions are everything. Snap judgments are made about us the moment we meet someone. According to a study conducted by Kelton research, Americans say teeth are the feature that stands out when they meet someone, and the smile is the last thing they forget.
Restoring your smile is important to your oral health, psychological well-being, and appearance. When we are certain we look our best it boosts our confidence and self-esteem, but damaged and missing teeth can take that feeling away from us. Dental crowns can restore a tooth that is damaged, but still has its roots. Dental bridges replace teeth that are missing entirely. These restorations can be made of several different materials such as gold, metal alloy, porcelain, zirconia, or porcelain fused to metal. Dr. Sameet Koppikar of Biltmore Dental uses only the strongest and most esthetic porcelain because it creates the most beautiful, natural looking dental work.
A dental crown is essentially a ‘cap’ that is cemented over the remaining structure of a damaged tooth to protect and restore its strength, function, and beauty. The crown protects the damaged tooth, eliminating the need for extraction, and preventing further damage. In the past, porcelain crowns weren’t strong enough for use in the back of the mouth, metal or porcelain fused to metal had to be used. With the advances in dental technology and materials, stronger porcelain coupled with new bonding techniques has made porcelain restorations a perfect choice for any application.
Dr. Koppikar is one of the few dentists in the state that can provide beautiful porcelain crowns in one visit, thanks to his CEREC system. It has innovative software that enables him to design the crown from 3D images taken of your teeth. The software sends the data to a computer controlled milling machine, and patients have their crown within minutes! In the hands of an artistic dentist, such as Dr. Koppikar, CEREC crowns are just as beautiful as restorations designed by a master ceramist in a laboratory.
A dental bridge is used when teeth are missing. Traditional bridges consist of two dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap with an artificial tooth (pontic) fused between them. With the beauty of today’s dental porcelain, a bridge can blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. A cantilever bridge has a slightly different design to address missing teeth that have an adjacent tooth on only one side. A Maryland bridge is a little used option that consists of a replacement tooth with metal wings on each side, which are cemented to the back of the adjacent teeth.
If you have damaged or missing teeth call (602) 954-8200 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Koppikar, he can restore your smile to its original beauty with dental crowns or bridges.