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 and the image is converted to a 3-D model on the computer. Dr. Hall uses this to design the restoration work needed, and the computer sends the data to a milling machine at a lab. A ceramic block matching your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine and the restoration is finished. All that's left is ensuring proper fit, polishing and bonding. Bottom line: The 3-D CEREC method is an advanced and economical technology 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 has completely worn 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 2-3 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 restoration. Do not assume your bite will get better after time. The tooth may become irritated and a toothache may occur, if this is not done. It may also cause an increase in temperature sensitivity with 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 appointment. It is common for the sensitivity to last several months 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 our patients’ smiles. If you suspect you may have dental damage, Dr. Hall is here to help you determine what kind of tooth restoration you will need to revitalize your smile.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that takes the place of your natural tooth. Your natural tooth is shaved down to its foundational core so that the crown can take its place. This protects your natural tooth without requiring tooth extraction.  The crown itself is designed custom to your needs. It is color-matched to your surrounding teeth to blend in seamlessly and fully restore your natural-tooth aesthetics. Crowns may also be used in conjunction with another treatment option, like to support a dental bridge or implant.

Dental crowns offer patients a variety of benefits, including:

  • strengthening your bite pattern
  • restoring natural-tooth aesthetics
  • preventing further tooth loss or damage
  • concealing discoloration
  • enhancing 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, the prosthetic tooth is supported by your surrounding teeth which hold it firmly in its place. Your surrounding teeth will need to be shaved down to make space for the dental bridge, but can be capped with a dental crown to provide additional support. Unlike a dental implant, a dental bridge does not involve a surgical component while still restoring your bite pattern and smile aesthetics. 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, including:

  • restored smile aesthetics
  • restored ability to properly chew and speak
  • prevents facial sagging
  • balances your bite pattern to prevent discomfort
  • prevents teeth shifting