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Dental Crowns And Bridges – Sheperdsville, KY

A Great Way To Repair or Replace Teeth

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In a perfect world, your teeth would be indestructible. Unfortunately, however, nearly everyone sustains damage to their teeth at some point. And when the damage is particularly severe, the tooth has to be removed. The good news? At Exceptional Dentistry, Dr. Carroll and Dr. Shoemaker can replace a missing tooth or restore a damaged tooth with bridges and dental crowns in Sheperdsville. If you think you could benefit from a dental bridge or crown, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll create the perfect treatment plan to give you a smile that looks and feels great!

How Do Dental Crowns Work?

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We often recommend dental crowns to repair large cavities or chips, or to restore a single dental implant. Sometimes called a “cap,” a dental crown is a type of restoration that fits snugly over an existing tooth and can be made of different materials such as porcelain, ceramic, gold, and zirconia. After we’ve talked about your needs and cosmetic goals, we’ll recommend the best material for your crown. It will be made in the same size, shape, and color as your other teeth so it looks very natural.

The procedure is done in two visits. At the first, we’ll numb the area and prep the tooth by reducing it in size. This creates room for the crown and prevents it from feeling large or bulky. Then we’ll take impressions and put a temporary crown in place that you’ll wear for 1-2 weeks while the dental lab custom-makes your permanent crown. Then you’ll return for a second visit to have it cemented into place.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

Digital image of a bridge being placed.

A bridge is a non-removable restoration that includes crowns on two healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth to support a prosthetic in the middle that “bridges” the empty space. By attaching the prosthetic to the dental crowns on either side, it stays well-supported and can restore the function and appearance of your missing tooth.

A bridge is custom-crafted by a dental lab, so the procedure is very similar to that of a crown described above and is completed in two visits.

The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

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When a tooth has been damaged, we have two main options as a dentist in Sheperdsville: repair it or remove it. Each and every tooth is important for your short-term and long-term dental health, so we always encourage our patients to save their teeth whenever possible. However, when extractions are the only option, replacing the missing tooth will maintain your oral health for many years to come.

In addition to these important benefits, here are some other good reasons to consider a crown or bridge:

  • Appearance – First and foremost, replacing and repairing teeth is beneficial for your oral health. But the way your smile looks is also important! A dental crown or bridge helps you avoid gaps in your smile that would otherwise make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed.
  • Longevity – Caring for crowns and bridges is a lot like caring for your natural teeth. With good oral hygiene habits and regular checkups, these restorations can last 10-15 years or more.
  • Strength – While there are differences in the materials used for crown and bridgework, they’re all strong enough to allow you to comfortably chew a variety of foods. However, it’s still a good idea to avoid hard candies, ice, etc. to prevent chips and breaks.