Bridges, Veneers, Crowns & Implants

About The Procedure

There have been incredible advances in solutions for tooth loss and tooth reconstruction.

A crown is the best choice for a tooth that has broken, is extensively decayed, or has a previously restored large filling. Once termed a “cap”, a crown is an artificial prosthesis that covers the existing natural tooth. In our Stillwater office, we operate a new technology for crowns. This eliminates the need for a temporary crown and having to come back for an additional appointment. Now, our dentists along with their assistants can prep your tooth, design your crown from digital scans, and place the permanent crown within the same day! In some instances, a lab crown will still be necessary and will require two appointments.

Bridges are a conventional way to replace a missing tooth. Two appointments are required for bridges. At the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for the crowns, and a temporary bridge is made to cover the prepped teeth. During the second appointment with our Stillwater dental bridge experts, the custom made bridge is fitted and adjusted. When the adjustments are complete, the bridge is cemented into place.

The consideration of veneers is an additional restorative and cosmetic option. Veneers are very thin porcelain facings that can be bonded to your teeth without any removal of your natural tooth structure. Shade, tooth shape, and unsightly spaces can be corrected using veneers.

Dental implants are becoming more and more popular for replacing a missing tooth. This procedure is more complicated and requires appointments with our Stillwater dental implant specialist, either an oral surgeon, or periodontist, who surgically places the implant in the bone above the missing tooth. After the implant is positioned a period approximately three to six months of healing will be necessary before the tooth is ready for the final implant crown. Follow-up evaluations with the specialist occur during that period. We work closely with your specialist during this time. When the specialist deems the implant site is ready, the patient returns to our office and has two appointments for the final implant supported crown.

Deciding what treatment is right for you can sometimes be a difficult decision. Finances may play a part in your decision. Our experienced doctors and staff are here to inform and educate and help you make the choice that is right for you.

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