High-Tech Crowns and Bridges

No messy impressions here! Lengthy, uncomfortable crown and bridge procedures are a thing of the past, because Dr. Hall employs the CEREC 3-D impression system.

How the 3-D CEREC System Works

The procedure is simple: An intra-oral camera takes a digital scan of your teeth. Then, we convert the image to a 3-D model on the computer. Dr. Hall uses this to design the restoration work you need. The computer sends the data to a milling machine at a dental lab. There, they place a ceramic block matching your tooth shade in the milling machine to create the restoration. All that's left is ensuring proper fit, polishing and bonding. Bottom line: The 3-D CEREC method is a modern and economical system that dental professionals and patients alike appreciate.

Frequently Asked Questions

1How long will I be numb?
Your lips, teeth, cheek and/or tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedure. To avoid injury, you should avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness completely wears off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue, cheek or lip while you are numb.
2Is it normal for my gums or jaw to be sore?
Irritation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 2 to 3 times per day with 1⁄2 tsp of warm saltwater can help to alleviate discomfort. Injection sites can be sore for several days after your appointment. Over-the- counter pain medications work well to alleviate the tenderness.
3My bite feels off, is this normal?
If your bite feels uneven, please call our office so we can make a quick adjustment to the temporary or final repair. Do not assume your bite will get better over time. If you do not address it, you may feel irritation and a toothache. It may also cause an increase in temperature sensitivity in the tooth.
4Is it normal for my tooth to be sensitive?
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, sweets and pressure after your visit. It is common for the sensitivity to last several weeks after treatment. Usually, deeper cavities will be more sensitive. Again, make sure that your bite feels even.

DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

When you have a damaged or missing tooth, your dental health is at risk. A damaged tooth can lead to toothaches and an imbalance in your bite pattern. While a missing tooth can cause teeth shifting and negatively affect your speaking or chewing capabilities. To resolve these issues, we offer dental crowns and dental bridges to help restore your mouth and oral health. If you suspect you may have dental damage, Dr. Hall is here to help you decide what kind of tooth repair you will need to renew your smile.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that takes the place of your natural tooth. Your dentist will shave down your natural tooth to its core so that the crown can take its place. This protects your natural tooth without requiring a tooth extraction. The crown itself is custom to your needs. Our dentist will color-match it to your surrounding teeth to blend in seamlessly. We will fully restore the natural look of your tooth. Crowns can also accompany other treatment options, like to support a dental bridge or cap a dental implant.

Dental crowns offer patients a variety of benefits, including:

  • Strengthen your bite pattern
  • Restoring the look of natural teeth
  • Preventing further tooth loss or damage
  • Concealing discoloration
  • Enhance the support of dental implants and bridges

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges help patients who are seeking tooth replacement for one or more consecutive teeth. With dental bridges, your surrounding teeth will support the prosthetic tooth. It holds the bridge firmly in its place. Your dentist will also need to shave down your surrounding teeth to make space for the dental bridge. But a dental crown can cap the bridge to provide additional support. Unlike a dental implant, a dental bridge does not involve a surgical component while still restoring your bite pattern and looks. Restoring your bite pattern as soon as possible after losing a tooth is important because imbalances in your bite can lead to teeth shifting, jaw pain, or further tooth loss.

Dental bridges offer patients a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Restoring the beauty of your smile
  • Restoring the ability to properly chew and speak
  • Prevents facial sagging
  • Balances your bite pattern to prevent discomfort
  • Prevents teeth from shifting out of place