At Radiant Family Dentistry we provide our patients with all their dental options. Dental crowns and Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants. Once in place, devices either protect an existing tooth or replace missing teeth to improve both function and appearance. Dental Fillings are another type of repair our office uses. Dental fillings are used to fill small or medium-sized cavities in otherwise healthy teeth.
Crowns are placed to cover damaged teeth, effectively strengthening their ability to function, while improving shape, appearance, or alignment. Crowns can be made of alloys, gold, porcelain, or resin. Dental crowns are recommend to:
Protect weak teeth from breaking or cracking
Replace large fillings with little tooth remaining
A protective barrier for teeth that had a root canal therapy
Restore cracked or broken teeth
Cap dental implants
Cover stained or oddly shaped teeth
Patients require two separate appointments for crowns. During the first visit, your teeth are evaluated and the tooth is prepped for the crown. Once prepped, Dr. Han will take an impression for your tooth that will be sent out to the lab. Our office will then place a temporary crown that will be used until your next appointment. At the following appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown is placed.
Bridges are recommend for patient who are missing teeth. Missing teeth can leave gaps which can cause remaining teeth to shift, bridges may be used to restore stability. Bridges are an effective option for covering spaces where two or more teeth are missing. Like crowns, Bridges are permanently cemented to implant posts or existing teeth which surround the opening. The adjacent teeth act as anchors for the dental bridge.
For dental bridges, patients usually require multiple appointments. During the first visit, Dr. Han places a crown over the abutment teeth and then takes impressions for the bridge. The bridge is installed at the following appointment. Our office prefers patients to come back after the bridge is placed to ensure it is functioning properly.
Dental fillings are used to repair teeth with cavities. Dr Han will remove the decay from the tooth, and begin prepping the area. The cavity is cleaned of any debris or bacteria.
Once the tooth is prepped, Dr. Han will begin applying the dental filling. This process is typically done in layers. A special curing light is used to harden the individual layers as they are applied. When all the layers have been applied, the filling is shaped, and leftover material is trimmed. Our office has multiple different types of filling we can use on the tooth. All fillings are polished in the final stage of the process.