Crowns & Bridges in east Longmeadow
Dental crowns are a commonly used restorative dentistry tool that allows our East Longmeadow, MA dentist to repair even severely damaged teeth. Our goal is always to preserve the highest amount of natural dental structure, so we start with more conservative treatment options like fillings. If we find teeth are too severely damaged for more conservative restorations, we may recommend dental crowns. At Scannell & Hollinger, we offer crowns crafted from a number of materials including gold, silver, porcelain bonded to metal, and ceramic. No solution is right for every patient, but we frequently recommend all-ceramic crowns as they offer superior cosmetic results compared with the other materials. Even porcelain bonded to metal crowns begin to show darker areas or bands through the porcelain. Regardless of the material patients choose, Dr. Stephen Scannell and Dr. Keith Hollinger have years of training and experience restoring smiles with dental crowns. We may use dental crowns to correct a variety of concerns including:
- Severely decayed or damaged teeth
- Cosmetically compromised teeth especially those that are irregularly shaped
- As a final step in the root canal process to protect treated teeth
- As part of fixed bridge tooth replacement
- As part of dental implant supported single tooth or fixed bridge tooth replacement
If we determine patients are in need of dental crown restoration, the process typically takes two appointments. During the initial visit, patients’ teeth are prepared, and dental impressions are taken. The impressions are sent to our ceramics lab where a custom crown is crafted. In the meantime, we place a temporary restoration. Once the final crown is completed, patients return to our practice to exchange the temporary for the final crown. For patients interested in receiving high-quality ceramic restorations in just one appointment, we offer single-visit restorations using the state-of-the-art CEREC system. We are able to design, craft, and mill the same quality ceramic crown in just one appointment at our practice.
Fixed bridges replace one to three consecutive teeth by connecting replacement teeth to two dental crowns. The crowns are fixed to healthy teeth on either side of the gap. We also offer dental implant supported bridges for natural looking and feeling results. Contact our team to find out more about crowns and bridges or schedule an appointment today.