Crowns and Bridges in Sedalia, MO

At Tiger Family Dental, we know your smile means a lot to you. Most of our patients tell us they want to be able to eat the foods they love, feel comfortable, and like the way they look. It is our goal to provide beautiful and healthy smiles to our patients.

That is why each of our restorations is custom-designed with you in mind. Even when we make repairs to your teeth, we believe we can do so without negatively impacting how you look.

A broken tooth or tooth loss can cause you to ask some questions about your smile, and we are here to answer those questions and help you restore your teeth to full function.

If you have a weak tooth or missing teeth, contact our dental office to schedule an exam. If you would like more information about our dental crowns and bridges in Sedalia, MO, give us a call or continue reading to learn more.  

Dental Crowns in Sedalia: Repairing Broken Teeth

couple smiling with dental crowns in sedaliaYour teeth do a tough job every day—from chewing carrots to crunching on apples or nuts. Sometimes a tooth can sustain damage when you bite into something unexpected or if it is already compromised by teeth grinding or decay. When that happens, we may still be able to save your tooth with a quality dental crown.

A dental crown protects a damaged tooth by completely covering it above your gumline. A dental crown is a bit like a helmet because it absorbs the force from impact or chewing in this case, creating a safety zone between your weak or fractured tooth and your bite. The crown looks just like your natural tooth, and we always color and design your crown to complement the shade and shape your existing teeth.

When we place a dental crown, a simple and painless process—it is because Dr. Jon Ehlers, your top Sedalia dentist, believes your tooth is still salvageable.

The Many Uses for Dental Crowns

Crowns have a variety of essential uses, and we rely on quality materials to craft beautiful dental crowns in our Sedalia dental office.

You may also need a crown, for example, if you have recently undergone root canal therapy to save your tooth. A root canal can rescue a troubled tooth, but the infection and trauma sometimes make the tooth more brittle. A dental crown provides needed protection.

A dental crown also tops a dental implant. A dental implant is a durable titanium post that takes the place of your lost tooth root. Your dentist places the root. It integrates with your jawbone over months; then, we place a toot crown to stand in for your missing tooth.

Dental crowns also work beautifully with a dental bridge to provide an anchor. We place a crown on both sides of a restoration tooth or teeth. These crowns cap the teeth to the left and right of your smile gap, allowing the bridge teeth to stand in for those that are missing.

Your Dental Crown Placement

We know that some patients experience anxiety at the dental office because they are afraid something will hurt. Your comfort is a top priority, and Dr. Ehlers will always make sure you are comfortable. Our patients consistently tell us how gentle he is and how comfortable their treatment was!

Dr. Ehlers will remove any decay or damaged tooth structure gently and take a digital impression to create your crown. No goopy impressions here! Digital impressions provide greater accuracy and better results.

Once we take your impression, we send your information to our trusted dental lab along with specific instructions about color so that your tooth crown matches your smile. 

When your new crown arrives, Dr. Ehlers will make any final adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.

He will also provide any tips and follow-up instructions to help you get the most out of your new dental crown. Additionally, we are always available to answer your questions and address any concerns you might have about your new tooth crown.

dental bridge in sedalia A Dental Bridge in Sedalia Bridges the Gap in Your Smile

Losing a tooth can be traumatic. Not only does it affect how you look, making it hard to smile with confidence, it also affects how you eat and speak. We usually recommend a dental implant for missing teeth, but some patients prefer an alternative, like dentures or a dental bridge. Traditional dental bridges can complete your smile.

Dental bridges consist of at least three crowns:

  • Two abutment crowns to hold an artificial tooth in place
  • One or more pontic crowns or artificial teeth

Like single dental crowns, we design our quality dental bridges to match your smile. While dental bridges can fill in the gap between teeth, they do not preserve bone as dental implants do—a dental implant post stimulates your jawbone to remain viable.

To learn more about dental implants in Sedalia, visit our Dental Implant page.

Benefits of dental bridges:

  • Fill a gap in your smile
  • Look natural
  • Provide an alternative to dental implants
  • Keep your teeth from shifting

Dental bridges do require special care. You need to keep them free of food particles and maintain the health of your gums.

How a Dental Bridge Is Different from a Partial Denture

A dental bridge is a permanent restoration that only your dentist can remove. It requires a floss threader and a small cleaning brush for cleaning. These are simple steps to add to your at-home routine. The brush and threader keep bacteria from collecting at the gumline.

A partial denture is a plate or arch of sporadic artificial teeth, custom-designed to fit your mouth. The restoring teeth fit the smile gaps. It is held in place with small clips and through the support of your healthy teeth and jaw. You can remove the dental bridge for cleaning or while sleeping.

Caring for Your New Smile

woman during dental crown exam in sedaliaA dental crown does not need special maintenance. You brush and floss as usual and visit your dentist in Sedalia regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings.

A dental bridge requires the small brush and floss threader for better oral hygiene and to prevent bacteria from collecting at the gumline.  

With any dental restoration—even if you do not have restorations, in fact—it is critical to visit your dentist in Sedalia twice each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.

A dental exam allows your dentist to compare oral health changes between visits, screen your mouth for oral cancers, and detect any potential problems that may be lurking. Catching these problems early typically saves expensive and time-consuming interventions later on.

Your teeth cleaning allows our dental hygienist to clear away the plaque and bacteria that could lead to infections, cavities in your remaining teeth—including under the crown—and periodontal disease. These issues can lead to further tooth loss and failure of your restorations.

Other important considerations include:

  • Never using your crowns or bridge (or teeth) as a tool—opening a bottle, for example.
  • If you grind your teeth or clench while sleeping, it’s essential to wear a nightguard.
  • For those who play contact sports, a mouthguard is an integral part of your safety gear.

Contact Our Sedalia, MO Dental Office to Learn More

Don’t put off your dental care! We can help you have a healthy, beautiful smile that allows you to eat your favorite foods.

Call Tiger Family Dental to schedule your next dental exam with Dr. Jon Ehlers. We can’t wait to hear from you!