Two common ways of repairing damaged or missing teeth are through Bridges & Crowns. Crowns are typically used to cover damaged teeth, while Bridges help close in the gaps created from missing teeth. Bridges & Crowns can both be performed on patients in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and surrounding areas of Oklahoma.
At Tulsa Family Dental, most Crowns can be prepared and seated in one day, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and additional visit.
When adding a Crown to a tooth, Dr. Warlick will first administer a local anesthetic to the patient. A dental drill is then used to remove decayed matter before shaping the tooth. Next, an image of the tooth is scanned into our computer and then is produced in our office. Dr. Warlick is able to make any necessary changes to the crown during its production to ensure a perfect fit. Dr. Warlick then attaches the crown with a special bonding cement, with no need for any additional appointments.
Bridges require a mold to be taken of the area. After taking an impression, the mold is then sent to a dental laboratory so a precise implement can be produced. Under local anesthesia, the Bridge is anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap. When properly put into place, a dental Bridge looks similar to normal teeth and is usually more comfortable than dentures.
Bridges & Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, ceramic, or metals. Porcelain is the most common material used because it creates a more natural appearance than metals or ceramic. Dr. Warlick can often match the shade of the natural tooth very closely when using porcelain, which is why this material is often preferred over others.
Patients who have Bridges & Crowns should brush and floss normally. Regular dental checkups are necessary to make sure they don’t become damaged. It’s a good idea to avoid clenching the teeth or chewing on hard foods with teeth that are covered with crowns, as this may cause them to crack. Patients who notice looseness in their dental Bridges should contact Dr. Warlick as soon as possible.