Video: Dental Crowns and Bridges
The Collierville practice of Dr. Ettienne Van Zyl offers dental crowns and bridges to patients looking for restorative dentistry solutions. Dental crowns are shells placed over a tooth when there is already too much damage for a traditional filling. Dental bridges are artificial teeth replacements that can be used to replace missing teeth by utilizing the neighboring teeth as anchors. Both crowns and bridges are commonly made of porcelain and both can be secured over dental implants.
Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, are restorations that fit snuggly over damaged teeth to restore form and function. Deep decay, worn-out fillings, or fractures can cause a severe toothache, and these common oral health maladies may also negatively affect your smile’s appearance. If you are in need of restoration, Dr. Ettienne van Zyl will listen closely to your concerns, perform a comprehensive evaluation, and determine whether dental crowns are right for you. Contact our Memphis practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. van Zyl.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are an excellent option for patients with severely worn, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth, or to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. Depending on your preference and unique oral needs, crowns can be made from gold, metal, or porcelain. Because they are more lifelike, porcelain crowns are currently the most popular choice for patients looking to improve their smile with dental crowns. In addition, porcelain crowns may be recommended for cosmetic applications - to improve the appearance of irregularly shaped or short teeth, for example.
Dr. van Zyl knows that no two smiles are exactly the same, and when it comes to dental crowns, he knows that one size doesn’t fit all. Each crown he designs is made according to extremely precise specifications. For anterior teeth that show when you smile, the dentist prefers natural-looking all-porcelain restorations. By using advanced, time-saving CEREC® technology, Dr. van Zyl can design, fabricate, and permanently secure a completely custom, ceramic dental crown in just one visit. After taking digital impressions of your bite, we can create your crown using our on-site milling machine in just minutes. Once in place, your crown will look, feel, and fit just like a natural tooth. Teeth closer to the middle and back of the mouth may require porcelain fused to metal, all metal, or zirconia crowns. These restorations are made in a dental lab, using durable, aesthetic materials designed to withstand the pressures exerted on molars.
Restore Function and Beauty to Your Smile
Dental crowns can also be used in conjunction with implants and bridges to fill gaps in your smile. Even a single missing tooth can have a negative influence on your long-term oral health. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the others shift to compensate so you can continue to bite and chew food. Shifting, or drifting, of teeth can alter the way upper and lower teeth fit together, creating malocclusion, nighttime bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth), premature tooth wear, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and a host of other oral health concerns.
Dental bridges are a common dental prosthetic for patients who are missing up to three teeth in a row. A traditional bridge consists of one or more false teeth and two supporting crowns placed over adjacent teeth. Dental implants, tiny titanium posts surgically embedded in the jaw bone, can also secure a single crown or a bridge.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. van Zyl can restore strength and beauty to your smile with dental crowns, or other restorative and general dental procedures. Show the world your best smile – schedule your consultation with Dr. van Zyl today.