Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges in Kendall, FL.
Struggling with damaged or missing teeth? Dr. Andy Gaertner in Kendall, FL offers Dental Crowns & Bridges to restore your smile. Achieve a natural-looking, durable solution that enhances both appearance and functionality.
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Benefits of Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
When it comes to restoring both the form and function of your smile, Dental Crowns & Bridges stand as unparalleled solutions. Crafted with precision and designed to last, these dental prosthetics are more than just a quick fix; they offer life-changing benefits that touch every facet of your oral health.
Achieve the picture-perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. Crowns and bridges blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, enhancing your confidence and appearance.
Say farewell to eating discomfort and speech issues. Dental crowns and bridges reinstate your teeth’s natural abilities, letting you chew, talk, and live freely.
Invest in a solution that stands the test of time. Made from high-quality materials like porcelain and zirconia, crowns and bridges are built to last, requiring minimal maintenance.
Dental Crowns Vs. Dental Bridges
Comprised of ceramic, metal or porcelain fused to metal, a dental crown is an artificial replacement tooth that covers the entire tooth. It is typically placed when a patient has a cosmetic problem or a damaged tooth. The location of the tooth determines the material that Dr. Gaertner will select for a crown. In most cases, he recommends metal crowns for the back teeth and porcelain crowns for the front teeth.
Crowns for teeth are ideal for patients who have damaged or decayed teeth, significant tooth cracks and chips, severe tooth sensitivity, or have undergone a root canal. They are particularly beneficial for those who lead active lifestyles and don’t want to worry about losing dentures or getting dental implants.
A tooth bridge uses two crowns that act as a “bridge” for the gap left by an absent tooth. A tooth injury, age, poor oral hygiene, or advanced gum disease can cause this loss. Different types of bridges usually involve porcelain or ceramic crowns that match the shade of a patient’s existing teeth. Dr. Gaertner recommends these common types of dental crowns because they offer optimal durability and can allow patients to eat, drink, and speak normally. They even feel like your natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional dental bridges: An artificial tooth is securely held in place by crowns over two or more adjacent teeth.
- Cantilever bridges: This type of traditional bridge replace molars when only one tooth is adjacent to the empty space. These bridges require only one supporting tooth.
- Maryland bridges: In contrast to regular or cantilever bridges, this kind of dental bridge has an artificial tooth attached to the neighboring teeth through a porcelain or metal backbone instead of crowns.
- Implant-supported bridges: If you have many missing teeth that are creating gaps in your smile, implant-supported bridges can be helpful. Your restorative dentist will need to surgically place implants into your jaw with a single pontic bridging the newly-implanted teeth together.
Good Candidates for Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
The ideal candidates for dental crowns are men and women who would like to restore broken, damaged, or decayed teeth, cover discolored teeth to create a more attractive smile, or hold pieces of a broken tooth together and cap them for improved structure.
Although dental bridges are basically a series of dental crowns, they are used for different purposes than a standard dental crown. We recommend dental bridges to patients who:
- Have two or more missing teeth that are right next to each other
- Have dental damage that is affecting two or more teeth
- Do not have adequate jaw bone dentistry for dental implants
Both procedures may also benefit patients who simply do not wish to go through the dental implant process and/or get dentures. During your initial visit at our dental office in Kendall, FL, Dr. Gaertner can help patients determine which option is right for them.
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Preparing for Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
Patients who are planning to receive dental crowns and bridges for cosmetic reasons should also consider teeth whitening. At Bliss Dental, we offer professional teeth whitening to help patients achieve a whiter, brighter, and more beautiful smile. We suggest this minimally invasive procedure first because the material that crowns and bridges are comprised of is both stain and bleach resistant. Therefore, if the final crown or bridge matches yellow teeth, it will stay yellow even if a patient chooses to have their teeth whitened at a later date.
By undergoing teeth whitening first, a patient can ensure their new crown or bridge will match their white teeth. In addition to teeth whitening, Dr. Gaertner recommends that patients take a day off work as teeth can be sensitive and it’s best to relax rather than having to worry about meeting with clients or collaborating with co-workers.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary
How Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges work
Dental crowns usually need two visits to complete the treatment. The process will begin with Dr. Gaertner reshaping the patient’s tooth so that it can properly accommodate the tooth crown. Then, he’ll have a lab make a custom crown that will match the patient’s smile and function as a natural tooth. To ensure the patient stays comfortable while waiting for their final crown, they’ll receive a temporary crown over the prepared tooth. Dr. Gaertner will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a final crown once it’s ready.
The dental bridge process involves Dr. Gaertner making adjustments to a patient’s existing teeth so that the bridge can fit perfectly. As with single crowns, he’ll create a custom mold to form the bridge and provide a temporary tooth bridge in the meantime. The final bridge will replace the temporary one once the dental laboratory is able to create crowns that make up the bridge.
At our dental office in South Florida, we use sedation dentistry when placing tooth crowns and bridges to ensure optimal patient comfort.
Why Choose Dr. Gaertner of Bliss Dental
- As the son of a dentist, Dr. Gaertner‘s passion for dentistry began at an early age. Following high school, Dr. Gaertner attended Nova Southeastern University in South Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology, then graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. Dr. Gaertner has practiced dentistry in both the United States and his home country of Belgium and now calls the Miami area home.
- He practices a variety of dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, root canal treatments, and Invisalign. Dr. Gaertner has also integrated the use of dental lasers and Botox injections into his state-of-the-art dental and oral care practice.
- Bliss Dental is a full-service facility, offering top-notch compassionate care and providing services that range from routine dental care and endodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry services that enhance patients’ smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
Restorative dentistry is a term that dentists use to explain how they replace damaged or missing teeth. While dental crowns and dental bridges are two of the most popular restorative solutions, dental fillings, and tooth implants are also widely performed. The main goal of restorative dentistry is to help patients bring back their beautiful smiles and prevent oral health issues down the road.
A crown restores a tooth to its natural appearance. A bridge, however, uses surrounding teeth to help fill the gap of a missing tooth. Bridges are different from dentures because they are fixed prosthetics. If dental issues arise or additional treatments are necessary, only an experienced dentist will be able to remove them.
Crowns and bridges are a long-term restoration. If you take good oral care of your teeth, you can expect your crowns and bridges to last between 5 and 15 years. When you’re in need of a new crown or bridge, you can count on our dental office to help.
While dental crowns are designed to be durable and to function like natural teeth, we encourage patients to use common sense. Refrain from biting down directly on hard candy, nuts, and other hard foods as doing so may require a replacement crown from the dental laboratory and damage the underlying healthy tooth structure.
Thanks to modern technology and durable materials, dental crowns, and bridges are more discreet today than ever before. The porcelain we use in our crowns and bridges will look and feel like your natural teeth. Dr. Gaertner guarantees proper placement that will ensure your dental restoration blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.
If you believe your crowns are worn or damaged, visit our office so Dr. Gaertner can determine whether you can benefit from a replacement. He may find that your crowns were made with older materials and aren’t as natural looking as they could be. If this is the case, replacing them would be the ideal solution.
While dental crowns themselves cannot get cavities, the teeth underneath them can. For this reason, skilled dentist Dr. Gaertner encourages excellent oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing around the area where the crown meets the tooth.
If you live near Kendall, FL, Bliss Dental offers dental crowns & bridges among its services, and is conveniently located at 8501 SW 124th Ave Ste 104 Kendall, FL 33183