Crowns & Veneers in Twin Falls, ID
Thanks to the millions of naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths, our teeth are very susceptible to decay. Even when we brush properly and schedule regular cleanings, cavities are almost inevitable. In fact, by the age of 49, the average adult has had 7 fillings!
Fillings are an excellent method for treating teeth with small cavities. However, when the structure of the tooth is compromised by large areas of decay or other damage, a filling won’t suffice. In such a case, a dental crown is often the best solution.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a versatile, permanent restoration that is the shape and color of a natural tooth. A crown is placed like a cap over a damaged tooth in order to protect it from further damage and restore it to its normal appearance and function. Crowns are usually used to repair a tooth following a root canal or in the place of a natural tooth as part of a dental implant system.
Crowns can also be used for esthetic purposes to completely cover a misshapen, cracked, or discolored tooth.
What Is the Procedure for Placing a Crown?
Two office visits are required to restore a tooth with a crown. During the first visit, Dr. Wright removes the decay from the problematic tooth and contours it so the new crown will fit properly. Then, he makes an impression that will serve as a template for the fabrication of the permanent restoration. In order to protect the tooth while the crown is being made, a temporary crown is worn.
At your second visit, Dr. Wright places the new crown. Once he is satisfied that it fits snugly and is perfectly adjusted, Dr. Wright cements the crown in place. This crown is made from a strong and durable material designed to last for many years.
Bonding & Veneers
Bonding is a relatively quick and easy technique ideal for repairing a chipped tooth or closing an unsightly gap. First, a tooth-colored plastic resin is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. The material hardens and “bonds” to the tooth when exposed to an ultraviolet or laser light source. The resin can then be polished and shaped to achieve the desired result. Bonding usually requires only one visit, and the results are instantaneous.
Veneers are another method for addressing cosmetic dental issues. Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that are individually designed based on impressions that are taken and sent to an outside lab. Once fabricated, Dr. Wright adjusts the veneers to ensure a perfect fit and natural appearance, then permanently affixes them to the surface of your own teeth. The process takes 1 to 2 weeks and requires two office visits. Veneers give you what many dentists refer to as the perfect “Hollywood Smile.”
Thanks to the realistic appearance of crowns and veneers, a beautiful smile is easier to achieve than you may think. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark W. Wright. He will explain your options and help you choose the method that is right for you.