Wales Family Dental
Restore the strength, function and natural beauty of your smile.
Crowns and bridges are common dental treatments that provide strength and support to damaged or missing teeth, making it easier to speak, chew and feel confident in your appearance. Dr. Connor will be your smile’s partner in crime, customizing these restorations to fit comfortably and ensure you have a smile that shines bright for decades to come.
Helping you along the way
Frequently asked questions
Dental crowns are protective caps that are custom-made to cover damaged or weakened teeth. They provide strength, support, and improve the appearance of the tooth.
Dental crowns are used in various situations, such as to restore a tooth with a large filling, strengthen a cracked or weakened tooth, protect a tooth after a root canal treatment, or improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.
The lifespan of a dental crown vary depending on factors such as your oral hygiene, habits like teeth grinding, and the material used. On average, dental crowns can last between 5 and 15 years. With proper care and regular visits to Dr. Connor, some can last even longer!
Dental crowns can be made from several different materials, and each type has its own advantages. At Wales, we typically opt for porcelain or ceramic for a natural-looking, lasting restoration.
The dental crown placement process usually involves two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by removing any decay or damage, and an impression is taken. A temporary crown may be placed while the permanent crown is being made. In the second visit, the temporary crown is replaced by the permanent crown, which is bonded in place using dental cement.
The process of getting a dental crown is usually not painful, as local anesthesia is used to numb the area being treated. You may feel some pressure or mild discomfort during the tooth preparation, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated.
If you’re an extra-anxious patient, we provide relief through a common sedative called nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” Ask Dr. Connor if the treatment is right for you.
Dental bridges are restorations used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth (pontics) that are held in place by dental crowns attached to the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
Dental bridges can last for many years with proper care and regular dental check-ups. On average, they can last between 5 and 15 years, and sometimes longer.
Yes, dental crowns and bridges are designed to restore the functionality of your teeth. Once you get used to them, you’ll be able to eat a wide variety of foods comfortably.
Maintaining good oral hygiene practices like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting Dr. Connor regularly are all important for the longevity of dental crowns and bridges. Avoiding habits like biting on hard objects or chewing ice can also help prevent damage.