Crowns & Bridges
Damaged or missing teeth detract from your appearance and can have a negative impact on your self confidence. But if these dental problems are not addressed, they can also lead to more serious problems that threaten your oral health.
Crowns and bridges are very important dental restorations and are a basic part of the services we provide at our Wausau dental office. If a tooth has been damaged by injury or decay, it needs to be strengthened so that it functions properly. Missing teeth are unattractive, can cause discomfort when chewing, and may even make it difficult to speak properly.
Dr. Bushong and our team are committed to helping you achieve the best possible oral health. We understand that your goal is to do everything to protect the health of your teeth, but if a tooth becomes damaged, we may need to use a crown or bridge to restore your healthy smile.
Uses for Dental Crowns
A dental crown – also referred to as a “cap” – is placed over a damaged tooth to protect and reinforce it. Dental crowns work just like a natural tooth, allowing you to speak and chew normally. A crown is a versatile dental restoration that can be used for the following:
- Strengthening a tooth weakened by disease or decay
- Adding strength to a tooth after root canal treatment
- Protecting fractured teeth
- Restoration of dental implants
Dr. Bushong creates dental crowns using strong and durable materials like ceramic and porcelain. Because a crown fully encases the natural tooth, it can also be used for certain cosmetic applications like changing the shape of a tooth or concealing a tooth that is severely discolored and cannot be whitened.
We are also proud to offer one-day CEREC crowns, which eliminate the need for multiple appointments. In most cases, we can place a finished CEREC dental crown in just one visit.
Dental Bridges and Missing Teeth
Dental bridges are designed to fill the empty space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is usually made as one unit, which includes an artificial tooth and crowns that attach to neighboring teeth. A dental bridge improves your appearance, but also prevents surrounding teeth from drifting into the space left by a missing tooth.
One problem with dental bridges is the strain and stress that they place on your natural teeth. At Wausau Smiles Dental, we can use a dental implant to anchor the bridge to take the pressure off your natural teeth and ensure a comfortable fit.
Our goal is to provide you with exceptional dental care that offers solutions for problems like teeth that have been compromised by damage or decay. We have helped many of our patients preserve their oral health with durable, natural-looking dental restorations that provide years of use.
Prompt, Efficient Treatment
Maintaining great oral health should never be unpleasant or inconvenient. Our entire professional team is committed to making every visit to our office enjoyable and stress-free. Convenient early morning and extended evening hours make it easy for you to schedule appointments that fit your busy life. We value your time and won’t make you wait to get in for your appointment.
Stress-free financing options allow you to get the care you need without worry, and we accept most insurance plans. A knowledgeable member of our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have about insurance or financing. Please contact our office to arrange an appointment at your convenience.