Restorative Dentistry in Tulsa, OK
In cases where a tooth has sustained extensive damage, a dental crown may be the most suitable way to restore form and function. A dental crown, which fully covers a damaged tooth, may be fabricated out of materials such as gold, metal alloy, porcelain, or ceramic. Dr. Angie does not recommend dental crowns unless they are absolutely needed. Before placing a crown, the patient will be shown his or her affected tooth with our intra-oral camera, and will be fully informed of the exact reason a crown is needed, as well as what could happen if the treatment is not performed.
A dental crown may be used as a part of root canal therapy, with a dental implant, or with a dental bridge. A dental bridge has long been the standard method of replacing a lost tooth or teeth. This prosthesis is called a bridge because it spans the gap between two teeth. To anchor a bridge, two dental crowns are needed. These crowns are affixed to the teeth on each side of the gap, permanently supporting the dental bridge for full functional chewing.
At Glisten, we are committed to the longevity of our restorations. We work with a local dental laboratory that uses the highest quality materials, rather than ordering restorative pieces from other countries to save money. The type of dental crown placed will depend on the patient's situation and budget, chosen after a thorough evaluation and consultation with Dr. Angie.
In dentistry, the primary goal is to keep teeth and gums in their healthiest condition with preventative care. There are times, however, when it becomes necessary to restore a tooth that has been damaged. The earlier a problem such as a cavity can be detected, the more conservatively we can treat it. The more damage that has occurred; the more strength needs to be restored. In instances where a tooth has sustained significant damage, we may recommend a dental crown for ultimate repair.
Dental crowns are used to cap a tooth, to anchor dental bridges, or to top off dental implants for tooth replacement. In our Tulsa, OK dental office, we show the extent of damage to our patients via imaging from our intra-oral camera. We also carefully explain options for repair, helping each patient come to their own conclusion on materials for crowns.
To repair a damaged tooth, a dental crown is crafted as a cover that encases the visible portion of the tooth. Made from a variety of materials, the most common being porcelain-fused-to-metal, crowns restore the greatest amount of structure and, therefore, strength to the tooth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are strong and attractive. The metal base holds up to intense pressure, while the porcelain overlay looks just like natural tooth enamel.
Dental Crown & Bridge Treatment Options
Treating a tooth with a dental crown is simple. The initial phase of treatment is performed under local anesthesia, so the area is completely numbed. Dr. Nauman carefully removes all diseased areas of the tooth, and then takes an impression of the altered tooth structure. This mold is used by a dental lab in the fabrication process, creating a crown that will fit well against the opposing teeth, as well as look natural. Before the completion of this initial visit, a temporary crown will be cemented into place to protect the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
Dental bridges, which contain two dental crowns and an artificial tooth, are created in much the same way. For dental bridges, two teeth are altered to accommodate dental crowns. Impressions are taken to include these teeth, and two temporary crowns are placed. Upon completion, the dental bridge is returned to our office as a single, strong piece that restores function and beauty.
Dr. Nauman has extensive experience in dental crowns and bridges. When tooth repair is necessary, we can help. Contact Glisten Dental for your visit with Dr. Nauman.
In some cases, missing teeth may be best replaced with a partial or full denture appliance. Partial dentures are designed for the replacement a few teeth when most of a patient's natural teeth are intact. Customized to suit the patient's facial contours and coloring, a partial denture appliance is affixed to a few natural teeth with the use of clasps.
When all teeth are lost or need to be removed, a full denture appliance can restore a beautiful and functional smile. As with partial dentures, a full denture appliance is custom made to fit snugly against the existing jaw structure and gum tissue. Although the traditional denture appliance is suitable for the replacement of teeth, it is highly recommended that a denture be supported by dental implants. When a denture only sits on top of gums, the bone of the jaw will shrink over time. As this occurs, a once well-fitting denture will become loose and need to be modified for a better fit. Used in conjunction with a few dental implants, a denture appliance becomes more secure and even healthier, as the jawbone is adequately stimulated to maintain its shape.
Dr. Angie approaches restoration as conservatively as possible, and always with the patient's best interest in mind. If you would like to learn more about dental crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures, call us at (918) 528-7536 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Angie.
Our teeth are body parts that are just as alive as any other vital organ. However, being alive does not make our teeth impervious to damage. A tooth may become significantly affected by decay or physical trauma, leading to an infection in the root canal. In most cases, this damage is not detected until pain occurs. Sometimes we detect the need for root canal therapy during routine examination and x-rays, so pain is not always our first warning sign.
Just the mere mention of "root canal" sends shivers of fear down some people's spines. The procedure of root canal therapy is intended to remove damage and infection, and thus, pain. Root canals do not cause pain, regardless of the bad reputation they have received over the years. This form of restorative care is used when the pulp of a tooth is damaged through infection. Without treatment, this infection only worsens and leads to complications such as an abscess or the loss of the affected tooth.