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Dental Crowns & Bridges - Crown Point, IN

Reliable, Long-Lasting Solutions to Tooth Damage

Dental Crowns & Bridges

When a natural tooth has become injured, weakened, decayed, or even lost altogether, a custom-made dental crown or bridge from Ornelas Family Dentistry can work wonders in bringing back the strong, attractive dental structure you need to smile confidently. Dr. Ornelas uses high-quality, metal-free materials and works with only the best dental laboratories to exceed his patients’ expectations time and time again. If you’d like to explore your restorative options in further detail, including dental crowns and bridges in Crown Point, IN, contact our dental office today.

Why Choose Ornelas Family Dentistry for Dental Crowns & Bridges?

What are Dental Crowns?

Model smile with dental crown restoration

Dental crowns are highly versatile and attractive restorations that are designed to cover the remaining structure of a single tooth. This approach has two distinct benefits – not only is the original tooth better preserved, but its original shape, strength, and aesthetic appearance is replenished. Dr. Ornelas may recommend new, customized crowns in the following cases:

In most cases, the design and creation of a brand-new crown will take two appointments. After adjusting the tooth’s shape and capturing impressions, Dr. Ornelas will send this information to a trusted dental laboratory and fit patients for a temporary crown in the interim for protection. Once our Crown Point dental office receives the new, permanent crown, you’ll return for the final placement and any minor adjustments to ensure the most successful and stable fit possible.

What are Dental Bridges?

Model smile with dental bridge restoration

Dental bridges are named as such because they’re designed to literally “bridge” the gap left by consecutive missing teeth. Traditional bridges are anchored in place through the use of dental crowns, which are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Today, though, Dr. Ornelas strongly recommends implant-retained dental bridges as a much healthier and more stable alternative. Instead of crowns, two placed dental implants will provide ample support that doesn’t require the reduction of natural dental structure.

Dental Crown FAQs

Man smiling with dental crown in Crown Point

Have you been told that you’re in the need of a dental crown? You may still have some questions about the restoration, so we are here to help you find some answers. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dental crowns in Crown Point. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, just give us a call . We’d be more than to share more details about the procedure and schedule you for an appointment.

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

Dental crowns are not technically permanent, but they are considered to be a long-term solution. They can protect your tooth for anywhere between 5 to 15 years. In order to make room for the crown, your dentist needs to remove some of your protective enamel, and this is irreversible. The prepared tooth will always need to have a crown to stay protected going forward. With that being said, crowns are able to protect underlying teeth from additional damage, therefore helping the tooth to survive for much longer that it would have otherwise.

Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?

It is impossible for a crown itself to develop cavities, but the underlying tooth still can. In fact, a crowned tooth has about the same risk of decay as an uncrowned tooth. Poor oral hygiene makes it possible for bacteria and plaque to form around the gumline where the tooth meets the crown. They can then travel underneath the crown and cause problems for the underlying tooth. You can prevent cavities in crowned tooth the same way you would in any other tooth. Brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular checkups.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Your dentist will numb the tooth that they will be working on when you get a crown, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. However, your tooth will likely feel sensitive for a few days afterwards, especially if you have also undergone a root canal. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, but be sure to give your dentist a call if discomfort worsens.

Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?

Within a few days of receiving your permanent crown, it should begin to feel more natural. Crowns are made from durable materials that can stand up to everyday chewing and biting forces just as easily as your natural teeth, so eating shouldn’t feel strange. Your dentist reshaped your tooth so that the crown fits comfortably within your mouth. Additionally, each crown is customized based on impressions taken of the tooth. Your crown should not feel awkward or even noticeable.

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