Damaged or missing teeth pose more problems than you may think. Poor oral function, smile gaps and deterioration of gums and bone happen quickly when a tooth fails or is lost to extraction. What's the solution? Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery, your Springfield dentist recreates smiles with true to life dental crowns and fixed bridgework, saying goodbye to poor dental health.
What is a dental crown?
Decay, abscess or oral injury threaten tooth health. However, if a sufficient amount of healthy structure remains, you and your Springfield dentist may choose to protect that tooth with a porcelain crown.
Made of durable and realistic ceramic, a porcelain crown covers and supports remaining tooth structure above the gum line. Precisely crafted and fitted, a crown fills the space between adjoining teeth and ensures the weak tooth bites together with the opposing arch of teeth.
In addition, porcelain crowns cover the abutment posts on dental implants, today's premium tooth replacement option. After root canal therapy, your dentist usually places a crown over a restored tooth to make it totally functional once again.
What is bridgework?
A fixed, or permanent, bridge spans a smile gap composed of one or more adjacent missing teeth. Crowns anchor the pontic, or artificial, teeth to remaining natural teeth, providing wonderful smile aesthetics and normal oral function.
Most bridges are crafted from porcelain and as determined by Dr. Montgomery may be supported by dental implants which reside in the jaw bone. Implant-supported bridgework improves jaw bone integrity and is one of the most durable and long-lasting replacement options available.
What's right for you?
It depends on the details of your case. Dr. Montgomery will carefully evaluate your tooth or smile gap and offer a treatment plan which fits your needs and your budget. Whatever the solution, trust that your smile will look and perform at its very best.
Caring for crowns and bridges
Your hygienist will show you how to care for your restored tooth or tooth replacements. Brushing twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste is critical to oral health. Flossing targets bacteria-filled plaque, avoiding gun disease or decay under crown margins.
If you're diligent about in-home care and get your semi-annual professional cleanings and check-ups, your crowns or bridgework can last for many years.
If a crown or a bridge is on your horizon, don't delay. Arrange an informative consultation with Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery. Learn your options for a wonderful smile. Call (417) 883-2111 for an appointment in Springfield, MO.
You have a lot of options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. Dental implants have become the preferred restoration for both dentists and patients, and Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery, your dentist in Springfield, MO, is no exception! Learn how Dr. Montgomery uses dental implants and the ways they benefit our patients here.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a revolutionary way to replace a missing tooth. Unlike other restorations that only replace the part of the tooth you can see, a dental implant starts from the jawbone up, which replicates the whole structure. Your Springfield dentist starts by making a small space in your jawbone where your missing tooth once was. Although this might sound nerve-wracking, the majority of patients find it to be a very simple procedure. A tiny metal post is placed in the space, where it stays for several months while the jawbone bonds with the implant. Once this process is complete, the rest of the implant can be attached. A tiny metal piece called an abutment connects the post to the crown, which is made from porcelain in a laboratory to match the rest of your teeth.
How can dental implants help me?
Dental implants are the only restoration that replaces the entire anatomy of a tooth. This means that with an implant, you'll be able to chew comfortably and feel confident about smiling and talking again, but the benefits go further than what you can see and feel. The post, acting as a stand-in for a natural tooth's roots, keeps the rest of the implant so stable that your other teeth aren't inclined to shift out of place to try to make up for the loss. The post also gives your jawbone the support it needs to remain healthy; with a tooth missing, the bone would eventually begin to recede and you'd be at risk for losing more. Dental implants from your Springfield dentist don't just improve your dental health now; they're a long-term investment in the health of your teeth.
If you're ready to replace a missing tooth, or teeth, with dental implants, call us today! We'd be happy to set you up with an appointment with Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery!
Don’t wait to get the results you want. Professional whitening can help.
Nothing is more frustrating than using whitening toothpastes and at-home kits to realize that nothing seems to be doing its job. Of course, if you want to see whiter results fast the most efficient way to do this is to turn to Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery, for professional whitening. You’ll get the results you want without all the at-home fuss.
The results you get with professional whitening will vary depending on the severity of your dental stains. In most cases, we can get your smile several shades whiter after just one whitening session. You’ll be able to see the difference right away, and it only takes about one hour to complete. Unless stains are severe, our Springfield dentist can often provide you with the results you want after one treatment, making it fast and convenient to get the smile you want.
While some people may find good results from at-home whitening products the unfortunate part is that the results don’t last as long as professional whitening does. The powerful peroxide within the gel is so highly concentrated that it doesn’t have to stay on your teeth for that long in order to whiten and brighten your smile.
In most cases, the whitening gel is painted over the front surface of your teeth and left on your teeth for up to 15 minutes, after which we will remove the gel and reapply a fresh new coat. Plus, getting professional whitening is simple and painless. Some people do report tooth sensitivity during and for a few days after treatment, but sensitivity is usually mild and goes away quickly. If you already face tooth sensitivity this is something to mention during your consultation so that we can figure out the best approach for getting you the results you want without having to exacerbate your tooth sensitivity.
Don’t let a yellowing smile bring you down. Our Springfield, MO, dental team is here to ensure that you get the results you want through cosmetic dentistry. Let’s sit down together and decide the best course of action for you, whether it’s professional teeth whitening or one of the other cosmetic treatments we offer.
Learn about crowns and bridges from your Springfield, MO dentist.
A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your best option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.
What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic, is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.
Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.
How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.
Contact your Springfield, MO Dentist
Call your Springfield, MO dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.
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