Crowns & Bridges
Restorative dental treatments like crowns and bridges are one of the most important services offered at our Huntsville dental office. Teeth that are missing or damaged by decay are unhealthy, unattractive, and also get in the way of enjoying your life. The simplest actions like eating and speaking can become a challenge, and you may feel like hiding your smile when speaking with others.
Versatile Dental Crowns
We use zirconia dental crowns, a widely used restoration placed over a weakened tooth to strengthen and protect it from further damage. A well-made dental crown acts just like a natural tooth, restoring your ability to speak and chew normally.
There are several situations where a dental crown is the most effective treatment:
- Supporting and protecting a tooth after root canal treatment
- Strengthening a tooth that’s been weakened by chronic teeth grinding
- Protecting a fractured tooth that cannot be repaired with composite bonding
- Restoration of dental implants
Since crowns are designed to completely surround a natural tooth, they are also referred to as “caps.” The ability to completely hide the natural tooth makes crowns the perfect choice for addressing cosmetic imperfections, like concealing a severely stained tooth that resists professional whitening. There are several materials that can be used to create dental crowns, but at Flint River Dental, we choose zirconia crowns for their strength and beautiful, natural appearance.
Fixed Bridges for a Whole, Healthy Smile
A missing tooth is unattractive and makes chewing and speaking difficult, but using a bridge restores function, improves your appearance, and is also good for your oral health.
Even if just one tooth is missing, adjacent teeth will gradually start to move into the gap. This movement may cause tooth misalignment and can eventually create more problems like teeth grinding and even TMJ disorders.
Dr. Darby and Dr. Gibson have placed many dental bridges to accomplish the following:
- Fill the space left by a missing tooth
- Keep neighboring teeth from drifting into the empty space
- Allow you to chew and eat normally
- Provide a permanent alternative to a removable partial denture
A well-made bridge is attached securely to adjacent teeth and is very stable. In certain cases, however, we may determine that stabilizing the bridge with a dental implant will provide significantly improved function.
Convenient Personalized Care
You and your family have lots of demands on your time, and our convenient extended hours make it easy for you to schedule appointments that fit your busy life. We respect that your time is valuable, so we do our best to see you right at your appointed time.
We don’t think you should have to put up with teeth that cause discomfort or compromise your confidence. Please call our Huntsville dental office to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors to learn about all your options for restoring your beautiful smile.