Damaged or missing teeth can be embarrassing and can impact your self-esteem. That’s why Katrina Schroeder, DMD, offers crowns and bridges to restore smiles at Schroeder Dental Group in Apopka, Florida. With these custom-made restorations, you can improve the appearance of discolored or damaged teeth, or even fill gaps in your smile. Both crowns and bridges are highly natural-looking and feel like your own teeth. To find out more, schedule a consultation today by calling or using the online booking tool.
Crowns are protective caps that Dr. Schroeder uses to protect and restore damaged teeth. To keep your smile looking its best, she uses tooth-colored crowns that closely match the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
Crowns can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
Dr. Schroeder will help you decide on which material will be used for your crown. Common choices include ceramic and porcelain, which both are very natural-looking and sturdy.
Dr. Schroeder also offers bridges to restore smiles. These are sets of custom-made prosthetic teeth that she uses to literally “bridge” gaps in your smile. Bridges are similar to crowns, in that they help replace missing teeth and prevent the harmful effects of tooth shifting, the phenomenon that occurs when neighboring teeth shift over into a gap. This can increase your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Bridges, like crowns, are typically made of sturdy ceramic or porcelain. They’re also tooth-colored and are either bonded onto surrounding teeth or can be attached to an implant for added support.
At her office, Dr. Schroeder first takes detailed impressions of your teeth. She then uses the impressions to have your custom-made crown or bridge made. An outside dental lab produces your restoration according to Dr. Schroeder’s specifications.
Typically, it takes at least 1-2 weeks to finish your new crown or bridge. Once it’s ready, you’ll come back in for a follow-up visit to have your crown or bridge placed.
If you already have a dental implant, she may simply adjoin your new restoration to the implant. If not, your crown or bridge will be bonded to your natural teeth using a special dental adhesive. This is a fairly simple procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia and isn’t painful.
In short order, your crown or bridge will quickly feel like your own natural teeth.
As long as you maintain excellent oral hygiene, crowns and bridges can last up to 15 years, if not more. Continue to brush and floss as you would with natural teeth, as keeping your crown or bridge clean and healthy is the best way to ensure a long lifespan.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation and learn more about crowns and bridges, call Schroder Dental Group or book an appointment online.