Crowns and Bridges
At some point in your life, you may lose a tooth or teeth to disease or injury. When a tooth is lost, it changes the bite, causing excess stress to be placed on the remaining healthy teeth. This stress causes the healthy teeth to wear unevenly and can even cause jaw-related pain. What’s more, missing teeth can also change your facial appearance, resulting in a loss of confidence and embarrassment.
Dr. Winans offers a variety of options for restoring and replacing teeth, returning your smile to an attractive appearance and your bite to optimal function.
A crown, also called a cap, is a custom-made restoration that repairs and strengthens a tooth that has fractured, has a large cavity, has an old filling that has failed, or has had root canal therapy. Unlike an inlay or onlay, a crown completely covers the tooth. Dr. Winans only uses crowns fabricated of all-porcelain for strength, endurance and appearance. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, enhancing the appearance of a tooth that is discolored or misshapen.
Dr. Winans places metal-free dental bridges. A dental bridge is a custom-made false tooth (or teeth) placed between two teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth. The bridge is held in place by porcelain crowns placed on the teeth on each side of space to be filled. Without metal, the bridge absorbs light, creating a natural looking smile. As the bridges are metal-free, they are also non-reactive to temperature changes, improving fit, durability and comfort. Bridges reduce the risk of gum disease, help correct some bite problems and help improve speech.