A crown is an artificial tooth that covers or replaces a damaged or missing tooth. It looks, functions and feels like a natural tooth. A crown can be placed over the remaining, visible part of your tooth, or can be attached to a dental implant. When a series of crowns are used to fill a gap in your smile caused by one or more missing teeth, this is called a dental bridge.
Dr. Strickland has many years of experience placing dental crowns and bridges. He pays great attention to every detail of the procedure. “From preparation to delivery, the best possible techniques and materials are used to ensure a comfortable and safe experience,” says Dr. Strickland. When you receive your new crown or bridge, you will have a beautiful smile that will last a very long time.
Dr. Strickland works with a local lab that has the highest credentials and expertise, and who provide high quality crowns and bridges.
Dr. Strickland uses only the best studied materials when designing your crown. He chooses the most durable, natural-looking materials that will result in crowns and bridges that look, feel and function the same as natural teeth. While every patient is different, he chooses the best materials that will provide the most comfort, beauty and durability for each patient’s situation.
Crowns are used for many purposes. Here are a few:
There are times when a full porcelain crown isn’t necessary to repair a tooth. For minor damage, Dr. Strickland will place an “onlay” or and “inlay”. These are similar to fillings and are usually made from porcelain or a composite resin material. An onlay fits over one or more cusps (high points) of your tooth. An inlay fits in the grooves of your tooth, between the cusps. These tooth-colored restorations (something used to restore a tooth) are used when the damage to your tooth is too extensive for a filling, but not enough for a crown.
A dental bridge is a series of crowns that are cemented onto the natural teeth adjacent to the gap caused by one or more missing teeth in a row. The best situation in which to do a bridge is when the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth already have, or need, crowns. When the teeth next to the missing tooth or teeth are healthy, Dr. Strickland prefers to use dental implants, or an implant-supported bridge. He prefers implants because getting a traditional bridge requires shaving down the healthy teeth next to the missing tooth or teeth, whereas dental implants do not require damaging the adjacent teeth.
When implants aren’t an option, Dr. Strickland provides durable, natural-looking, comfortable dental bridges. When you come in for a consultation, you and Dr. Strickland can discuss the options that will work best for you and your situation.