Crowns & Bridges
There have been some truly remarkable advances in dentistry in the last couple of decades. Teeth that would have been hopelessly beyond repair in the past can now be saved and restored to full function with high-quality restorations like dental crowns and bridges.
At Platte Canyon Dental, Dr. Christina Linn has over ten years of experience in finding solutions to repair broken and decayed teeth and replace missing teeth for patients in the Columbine Valley. Whether you have one broken tooth or multiple problems to address, Dr. Linn customizes high-quality, long-lasting crowns and bridges at our Littleton, CO dental office to fit your exact needs.
Dental Crowns Protect Damaged Teeth and More
Dental crowns enable Dr. Linn to save teeth that are too compromised by decay or disease to function on their own. We customize crowns to fit over a damaged tooth to add strength and protection so you can chew on the tooth again. Just as a helmet absorbs excessive forces to protect your head during sports, a crown absorbs chewing forces to protect a broken tooth.
Our Littleton dentist commonly uses dental crowns to:
- Protect a fractured or broken tooth from further damage
- Restore a decayed tooth that’s too damaged for a filling
- Strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment
- Restore function and appearance to a dental implant
- Anchor a dental bridge securely in place
- Conceal a poorly proportioned tooth to improve its appearance
Getting a dental crown takes place over two visits spaced two to three weeks apart. The first involves preparing the crown tooth, taking impressions, choosing a shade for your new crown, and creating a temporary crown for you to wear while a custom dental lab fabricates your crown.
When your final restoration is ready in about two weeks, Dr. Linn will check it for fit, adjust it, so it does not interfere with your dental bite, and cement it securely in place. Since we use high-quality, long-lasting materials like porcelain and zirconia, your crown will blend beautifully with your smile and could last ten years or longer with proper care.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
It is always best to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible, and the great news is that you have options. While dental implants get a lot of attention, there are plenty of cases where a dental bridge is still the best and most practical choice for many of our patients to replace a missing tooth.
As the name implies, a dental bridge functions similarly to a suspension bridge. Dental crowns attached to teeth on either side of the open space act as supports and suspend an artificial tooth between them to close the gap. The only criteria for getting a dental bridge is that the anchor teeth on either side be healthy enough to support the artificial tooth.
Solutions for Broken and Missing Teeth in Littleton
Dr. Linn takes great pride in the beautiful dental crowns and bridges she designs that allow our patients to smile confidently, knowing that their teeth are healthy and functioning as they should. If you have a damaged or missing tooth and want to know what your treatment options are, please call Platte Canyon Dental to schedule an appointment.