Make time for your smile, oral health: Range of quality crowns and bridges options in Mesa, AZ

At My Time Dental Centers, we take the time to give each patient the quality, unrushed care they deserve. We work closely with our patients to keep their teeth and gums healthy. By preserving the health and beauty of their natural teeth, they avoid the need for more costly and extensive dental work. Even with the best care, however, Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter appreciates that crowns and bridges may be necessary to rebuild a portion of a damaged tooth or to replace the entire tooth. We offer many options for both types of restorations from our Mesa, AZ practice. 

Crowns 

Dental crowns are designed to replace the white portion of the tooth visible above the gum line. They are often the “finishing” touch following root canal therapy to save a severely decayed or infected tooth. Likewise, they may be necessary to restore the strength of a badly broken or otherwise damaged tooth. 

Many dental materials can be used to make your crown. These materials include dental ceramics such as porcelain, Zirconia, and Lithium Disilicate; metal alloys (including gold); and a combination of metals and ceramics. Factors that can influence our recommendations for crown materials include the location of the tooth to be rebuilt, as well as your personal preferences. 

Modern porcelain crowns, for instance, are as solid and durable as they are lovely to look at. They no longer leave an unsightly black or gray line at the gum line as time wears on, and they can last  for 20 to 30 years or longer if properly taken care of.

Bridges 

Sometimes, you cannot preserve a natural tooth with root canal therapy or other endodontic procedures. In these cases, we will discuss tooth replacement options with you promptly. It is essential to replace missing teeth quickly. Gaps in your smile can hasten the development of destructive bone loss. 

At My Time Dental Centers, we may discuss “conventional” bridges or implant-retained bridges as options to replace a single tooth or a grouping of teeth. Depending on your needs and goals, you may opt for a bridge supported by surrounding teeth. This bridge is then bonded to natural anchor teeth on either side of the gap. These anchor abutment teeth are “prepared” to make room for the crowns. That way, the crowns fit perfectly over the natural teeth. 

Once fixed in place, the “pontic” fills the space, and the bridge allows for the anchoring teeth to stabilize your bite.

Implants may also support dental bridges. Dental implants are placed strategically in the jaw. They function like natural tooth roots to support restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. Therefore,  a single implant may be used to support one new tooth, or a few strategically placed implants may be used to support a grouping of teeth. 

For more information on how crowns and bridges work to rebuild part or all of a tooth, schedule an appointment at our office in Mesa, AZ. Call (623) 777-6456.

Bridges

Bridges

Bridges

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.