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Crowns (Caps)
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Dr. Bauder's out of state labs use the highest quality of materials and the latest advancements in technology to fabricate beautiful, long lasting crowns.

Reasons for Crowns:
-Broken or Fractured Teeth
-Cosmetic Enhancement
-Decayed Teeth
-Fractured Fillings
-Large Fillings
-Tooth has a Root Canal

What Does Getting a Crown Involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. our first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown and the appointment will last about 90 minutes. A mold will be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two-three weeks until your new crown is fabricated by our out of state dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed and permanently cemented to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. This second appointment will last about 30 minutes.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown once your treatment is complete.

Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Bauder will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal or can also be all porcelain. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a Fixed Bridge:
-Fill space of missing teeth.
-Maintain facial shape.
-Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
-Restore chewing and speaking ability.
-Restore your smile.
-Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to our out of state dental lab where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment similar to the process above of a single crown.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally Dr. Bauder may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time if that is the case.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new, permanent bridge. 

If you think you may need a crown or bridge please do not hesitate to contact our office. We can schedule you for an examination with Dr. Bauder who can then diagnose any issues or discomfort you may be having. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT or please call our office at (907)262-8404 and we would be happy to help.

Don’t avoid the dentist! Let us take care of your dental needs and keep you smiling in the most comfortable and relaxed environment we can provide.

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