At Vanderbilt Dental, we set out to create beautiful, natural-looking smiles. We do this by replacing existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.

If your tooths damage is extreme, we can use porcelain or porcelain pasted on gold crowns to make your smile appear like new. This is a reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems. We can even use this process to permanently replace missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. These treatments can typically last for 20 to 30 years.

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. On the first visit we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal. On the second visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Then we will cement the crown into place.

Crown and bridgework are a proven solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases, or wear and tear. Materials used in crowns and bridges are either high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. Crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution for cases where:

  • damage has caused loss of teeth
  • teeth have broken away through excessive wear
  • teeth are damaged by old fillings breaking down

If you experience unexplained pain from filled back teeth, it is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. We can place a crown on these teeth to relieve the pain. This allows your teeth to regain full dental function. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause appearance problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery.

In order to make you as comfortable as possible, some patients require minor oral surgical procedures before receiving a partial or complete denture. A denture sits on the bone ridge, so it is very important that the bone be the proper shape and size. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone might be left sharp and uneven. For a denture to fit perfectly, the bone might need to be smoothed out or reshaped. Occasionally, we would need to remove excess bone prior to denture insertion.

To prepare your mouth for a denture, we might have to do one or more of the following procedures:

  • Bone smoothing and reshaping

  • Removal of excess bone

  • Bone ridge reduction

  • Removal of excess gum tissue

  • Exposure of impacted teeth

We will review your particular needs with you during your appointment.