Dental Bridges and Crowns in Madison
Options for Extensive Dental Restorations
At Oak Park Dental, our goal is to retain healthy, natural tooth structure as far as possible, but where extensive restorations are needed, we utilize strong and aesthetically pleasing materials for dental crowns and bridges.
Repairing a Tooth
Sometimes a non-invasive composite filling is all a patient needs to repair a tooth. But if the tooth is significantly cracked or chipped, or the structure is weakened by extensive drilling we often recommend a crown, inlay, or onlay. These appliances can be made from porcelain, ceramic, resin, or stainless steel depending on the reason for the repair and your budget.
Dr. Gyurina will be happy to explain the different options to you in depth, but here are the basics:
Inlays fit inside an existing tooth while onlays fit on top of it. These options are sufficient where the tooth's structure is sound enough that a full crown is not needed.
A crown covers practically the entire exposed portion of a tooth. The dentist might recommend a dental crown for any of the following reasons:
- To protect a cracked tooth from further damage
- To ward off decay (often recommended for children with primary teeth)
- To restore a tooth that has been broken or worn away
- To support a dental bridge
Usually, crowns require removing some healthy tooth structure, but the end result is a strong, beautiful tooth. In fact, in most cases the crown actually prolongs the life of a compromised tooth.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
There are also several ways to replace a missing tooth at Oak Park Dental. For small gaps, dental implants and dental bridges are the most popular options. Dental Implants are the most advanced technology for replacing missing teeth, but they can take months to fully heal in some cases and they're the more expensive option.
Dental bridges are false teeth that are generally connected to crowns or implants on either side. Bridges look and function much like natural teeth and they're less of a commitment than dental implants. While bridges have been around for many years, new materials have extended their durability and functionality significantly.
We're Here to Take Care of You
If you're in need of repair or replacement for your teeth, Oak Park Dental of Madison offers a comfortable environment and dentists with advanced training in today's best dental treatment options. We also offer many cosmetic dentistry services. Come visit today and restore your smile to optimum health and beauty.
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