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Is it time to do something for yourself? Are damaged teeth and smile gaps embarrassing and discouraging? Bring function and beauty dental crownsback to your smile with dental crowns and bridges from Dr. Jeffrey Welnak, your dentist at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI.

What happens when you lose teeth

Your oral function--biting, chewing, tasting and speaking--change dramatically. Your bite height diminishes as your gums and underlying jaw bone degrade. Confidence in social situations suffers.

Preventive dentistry services from your dentist in West Allis work to avoid tooth loss, preserving natural tooth structure and minimizing the impact of decay and gum disease. Dr. Welnak recommends six-month cleanings and examinations, along with digital X-rays, to keep oral health strong.

If you do lose teeth...

The team at Root River Dental can help. Two significant restorative procedures are dental crowns, which support and cover damaged teeth, and fixed bridgework, which fills a smile gap with realistic pontic, or artificial, teeth.

How crowns work

Today's crowns are custom-crafted from lifelike and durable porcelain according to oral impressions and Dr. Welnak's specific directions. He recommends a crown when a tooth has heavy decay, many fillings, a large crack or chip, or needs root canal treatment due to injury or infection.

An examination and X-rays tell your dentist if your tooth can survive and function if crowned. If so, Dr. Welmak removes the damaged enamel and prepares the tooth to accept the crown. A temporary restoration protects the remade tooth while the dental lab fashions the permanent crown. When it's ready, you'll return to Root River Dental, and your dentist will take the temporary off and bond the new crown in place with a strong cement.

Crowns approximate real teeth in color, shape, durability and size. They cover teeth right to the gum line. Typically, crowns last for ten years or more when you brush and floss daily and get your routine check-ups and cleanings.

How bridges work

Bridges do what their name implies: they bridge gaps when someone loses one, two or more adjacent teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, attach to natural teeth via porcelain crowns, blending away the unsightly gap and returning the ability to eat properly.

Some bridgework is implant-supported--that is, attaching to titanium implants inserted into the jaw for maximum anchorage and bone maintenance. All bridgework requires regular and diligent oral hygiene habits both at home and at the dental office.

How can we help you?

The right replacement and restorative dental solutions take the proper balance between your smile goals and the tools your dentist has. At Root River Dental, count on the finest materials and skill, plus the compassionate listening ear of Dr. Jeffrey Welnak. Call today for more about crowns and bridges: (414) 545-2050.

By Root River Dental
May 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

If you are self-conscious because your teeth are damaged, discolored, or missing, it’s time to talk to a qualified dentist about what crowns and bridgescrowns and bridges can do for your smile. If you live in West Allis, WI, consider contacting Dr. Jeffrey Welnak of Root River Dental about the possibilities crowns and bridges can offer you.

Crowns and bridges are both permanent prosthetic dental devices. A crown is a tooth-like device that covers a damaged or discolored tooth; crowns are also placed over dental implants. Crowns are great options for protecting teeth from further decay such as teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. Crowns also provide a natural looking cosmetic option for a damaged or discolored tooth. Because the crown is designed to your particular needs and specifications, the crown mimics your natural tooth in shape, color, and function.

Crown procedures are usually done in two visits. During the first appointment, your West Allis dentist will assess your situation, make an impression of your mouth, and prepare the tooth to receive the crown. Your dentist will then likely install a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. When the permanent crown is completed – it will be custom manufactured – your dentist will then remove the temporary crown and attach the permanent.

A bridge is a device used to fill a space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Your West Allis dentist will install the bridge, which may consist of up to three prosthetic teeth, between two healthy teeth or even between two implants. The bridge will not only fill in the space in your smile caused by the missing teeth but will also help restore your ability to speak and chew by mimicking the function and action of your natural teeth.

Like crowns, bridge procedures are usually done in two visits to your West Allis dentist.

Both procedures are safe, effective, and durable – with proper oral care and hygiene your crowns and bridges should last many years before they need to be replaced.

If you are seeking a qualified dentist in West Allis to help you find out more about what crowns and bridges can do for your smile, contact Dr. Jeffrey Welnak of Root River Dental at 414-545-2050.