Crowns and Bridges Des Moines, IA

Living with a broken or lost tooth is frustrating. A decayed tooth may be sensitive and could be causing you pain when you chew or eat your food. One or more missing teeth makes eating difficult, and you may not be able to properly chew the healthy foods you used to enjoy.

We also can't discount the toll that a missing or broken tooth takes on your confidence. You might feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, especially if you're living with lost teeth. This might cause you to hide your smile and appear unfriendly or unhappy when you're making a first impression.

Crowns and bridges restore damaged teeth or replace teeth that you lost because of decay, trauma, or gum disease. Tooth crown and dental bridge treatment helps you maintain optimum dental health and a smile that you can feel proud of.

If you are struggling with a compromised tooth, Des Moines, IA dentist, Dr. Trung Phan, would like to help. Contact Young General Dental today at (515) 278-2010 to learn more about how we can help restore your smile.

What Is the Purpose of a Dental Crown in Des Moines?

A dental crown covers a tooth that has developed deep decay, is broken or fractured, or that has had a root canal. Dental crowns can also correct the appearance of an irregular-looking tooth or protect a tooth that feels sensitive because of excessive wear and exposed dentin.

If your tooth has been decayed or severely cracked, it is essential to rebuild that tooth with a crown to protect it from developing an infected nerve. Bacteria or tooth decay can progress into the nerve of a tooth left untreated and cause an abscess or infection that Dr. Phan will have to treat with root canal therapy.

A tooth treated with a root canal is weakened and will need to be rebuilt with a tooth crown in Des Moines to ensure that you can chew and eat with ease as you did before.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge literally “bridges the gap” in the smile and replaces one or more missing teeth. For example, when you lose a tooth, an artificial tooth can be held in place by crowning the teeth on either side of the space.

A dental bridge is a fixed appliance, meaning that it's not removable, which makes it secure. If you have multiple missing teeth in a row, you can opt for a dental implant-supported bridge for added stability and better protection for your jawbone.

Your dentist in Des Moines is happy to review tooth replacement options with you so you can select the right treatment for your needs.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing a Dental Bridge?

While dental implants are often chosen to replace missing teeth, the procedure requires surgery. For patients who want to forgo the surgical process, a dental bridge offers plenty of benefits as well, such as:

  • Restores the bite and chewing function
  • Reduces the load that your other teeth take on
  • Keeps teeth from moving
  • Prevents teeth from drifting and exposing roots
  • Reduces the progression of decay and periodontal disease
  • Improves your smile, speech, and chewing

Dr. Phan can help you determine the right procedure to replace your missing teeth during a commitment-free evaluation of your smile. Contact our Des Moines dental office today at (515) 278-2010 to schedule your appointment.

How Is the Treatment Performed at Young General Dental?

Once you and your dentist have agreed that a crown or bridge treatment is right for you, we will schedule a series of appointments. We work closely with trusted dental laboratories to ensure that you receive a high-quality restoration that is both durable and aesthetically-pleasing. The process typically takes around two to three weeks to complete.

At the first appointment, your Des Moines dentist will get you numb and ensure that you are completely comfortable before starting the procedure. 

Next, he will carefully reshape the tooth for proper fit and appearance. Finally, he will make an impression of the area and make you a temporary crown to wear until your next appointment. 

At the second appointment, you may or may not need to have dental anesthetics for numbing. We remove the temporary crown, and clean the prepared tooth before evaluating the fit of your new crown. We will make adjustments to the crown if necessary to ensure that your bite is functioning correctly.

Other factors that you and Dr. Phan will consider at this time include:

  • Making sure you are satisfied with the color, match, and appearance
  • Making sure your bite is accurate and not high
  • Making sure the contour of the crown is comfortable and compatible with your soft tissues

Once you are happy with everything, your Des Moines dentist will use permanent dental cement to secure the tooth crown or dental bridge. Now you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of your newly repaired smile!

How Do I Care for My Crown or Bridge?

You'll be happy to know that your new tooth crown or dental bridge is simple to take care of. Because we make your crown or bridge from ceramic porcelain, it will not develop a cavity. But remember that you have a healthy, yet susceptible, tooth structure under your crown that you must protect with a diligent home care routine.

In fact, brushing in the morning and brushing and flossing at night right before getting into bed is even more important now to keep your crowned tooth healthy. Also, remember to maintain regular dental checkups so that your hygienist and dentist can prevent smaller problems from becoming more significant problems.

How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?

The materials that are used today to fabricate crowns and bridges are durable and long-lasting. However, you can ensure the longevity of your new restoration by taking a few steps at home to protect your smile. Crowns and bridges can stay in great shape and can potentially last for 10 or more years as long as you properly care for them with regular brushing and flossing and routine cleanings and examinations with your dentist in Des Moines. 

Here is an interesting fact for you: The number one reason why we have to redo a crown or bridge is that there is decay underneath the crown or bridge, so please be sure to brush and floss so you can protect your investment in your smile.

A Final Word from Dr. Trung Phan

Throughout your tooth crown or dental bridge procedure, you may have questions that are not covered above. We want you to feel completely confident in the treatment you have chosen for your smile. Dr. Phan and our team will answer all of your questions and make sure you are comfortable during your crown and bridge procedure.

Our goal is to help you preserve your natural smile for a lifetime because your smile is your best asset! Call our Des Moines, IA dental office today at (515) 278-2010 to schedule.