Dr. Dana Walters helps Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio patients enhance their smiles through dental bridges.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is created for one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges can help restore a patient’s smile, speaking and chewing capabilities, and confidence levels.
This special type of dental appliance is supported by either a person’s natural teeth or dental implants. There are typically two types of bridges – a removable bridge and a fixed bridged. Dental bridges are made out of alloy, gold, porcelain or a combination of all three.
When receiving a bridge, a person will need to have at least two visits to the dentist’s office to make sure the bridge is sculpted and fitted correctly. The cost of dental bridges will depend on which type of bridge is used. After a person has received his or her dental bridge, it is important for he or she to take appropriate oral hygiene measures to ensure a healthy smile and to safeguard the longevity of the dental bridge. With proper dental care, bridges can last up to 15 years.
Full range of dental services, including dental crowns, for patients in Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio
A dental crown covers the entire visible surface of a tooth. It will often be fitted to repair a cracked, chipped, weak or broken tooth, or one that is worn down severely. In some cases, it may be necessary to fit a supporting pin to which the dental crown will be attached.
If a tooth has been heavily filled, there may not be enough tooth tissue left to enable further fillings, so Dr. Walters may recommend a dental crown.
If you have a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, a dental crown will be fitted to the implant. Dental crowns are also fitted to the teeth that provide the support for a dental bridge.
Dental crowns may also be used for cosmetic purposes. They can be used to cover misshapen, uneven, or badly discolored teeth.
A dental crown can be made completely from metal alloys or be layered in porcelain. The most popular types of dental crowns are those made of all porcelain. All porcelain crowns are much more life-like and eliminate the grey edges you may have noticed in other types of crowns. Digital images are provided to the laboratory ceramic artist so an exact match of your tooth color and character may be achieved.