Pruce Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

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One of the most important things we do at Pruce Dental is patient education. Before we decide on a treatment, we will answer all your questions and provide the information you need to make an educated decision about your oral health care.

You may not be at the point where you are ready to commit to treatment. Maybe you just need some information. We encourage you to ask questions because it helps us understand what's on your mind and how we can help. 

Here are a few of the questions we hear frequently, but you may need an answer that you don't see here. We would be happy to find the information you are looking for. Please call our office at (724) 942-1400 or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are a dental restoration we use to strengthen and protect a tooth that has suffered trauma, fracture, or decay so advanced that a filling isn't an option. A dental crown enhances the appearance of your smile and restores the strength and functionality of the damaged tooth. You may hear crowns referred to as "caps" because they surround your tooth like a little helmet.

At Pruce Dental, we offer crowns made of porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. Most patients choose esthetic porcelain or zirconia for teeth that show when they smile. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are very strong but leave a dark line of metal showing through at the gum line so are best for teeth that don't show when you smile. Gold is not as widely used as it was decades ago but still offers advantages in certain situations.

Our goal is to help you choose conservative options that fit your oral health goals, your lifestyle, and your budget. If you think a crown may be in your future, please call Pruce Dental to arrange a convenient consultation. Dr. Pruce will evaluate your needs and help you make a decision about which type would be most beneficial in your case. 

At Pruce Dental we offer several types of dental restorations. A restoration is any treatment that returns your tooth or teeth back to their full, natural function and appearance. A dental
bridge is the type of restoration we choose when you have a missing tooth. When a tooth is missing, several other problems can occur as a result. You will likely have some difficulty chewing comfortably and speaking clearly. Worse yet, if we don't replace the tooth, surrounding teeth gradually drift into the opening and lead to misalignment and problems
associated with your dental bite.

A bridge is made up of an artificial tooth called a pontic that fills the empty space. Since it has nothing to support it, we attach dental crowns on either side that we then secure to adjacent
teeth. Working as a unit, the restoration literally “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. Dr. Pruce has created many dental bridges for Washington, PA patients that are not only functional but also solve the esthetic problem of an apparent gap in your smile. Our bridges look natural and blend seamlessly surrounding teeth, so no one will notice that you have had
any work done.

Please contact Pruce Dental today for more information about bridges and other tooth replacement options.

A dental crown is a restoration that is commonly used to strengthen and protect a tooth when a filling is no longer an option. Some typical situations where we may recommend a crown are:

  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Restore the visible part of a dental implant
  • Protect a tooth that has fractured

If Dr. Pruce recommends a dental crown, we will first talk about the types of material that will work bests for your needs. We offer crowns made of porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. All have their uses, but our patients commonly choose porcelain or zirconia because they blend seamlessly with your smile.

Placing a crown usually takes place over two or three appointments. During the first, we prepare your tooth by removing a small amount of dental enamel to ensure your new restoration fits comfortably. Next, we take impressions of your teeth to create a model that a custom lab will use to fabricate your new crown. Finally, we prepare a temporary for you to wear until your final crown is ready.

After about two weeks, we will have you return to our office to place your restoration. Dr. Pruce removes the temporary and the final crown is adjusted to ensure it fits comfortably and doesn't interfere with your bite. Finally, your new crown is polished and cemented securely in place.

If you think you might be a candidate for dental crowns in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental today!

Dental Implant Diagram | Washington PA Dentist At Pruce Dental, we offer three types of tooth replacement – implant-supported crowns, fixed bridges, and removable partial dentures. 

Sometimes, any one of the three would be an appropriate option. Depending on the situation, however, there may only be one good choice. There are several questions we ask before determining which solution is best:

  • Is there enough quantity and quality of bone in the jaw to place a dental implant that supports a crown? 
  • Are surrounding teeth strong and healthy enough to support bridgework? 
  • Are the teeth needed to support the bridgework already heavily restored?
  • Have teeth being considered for bridges had root canals?

As you can see, all these factors have to do with the strength and health of the tooth and gums being treated. Bridges need appropriate support to function properly, and that support comes from healthy neighboring teeth. Implant-supported crowns cannot be placed if the jawbone is compromised because of gum disease or untreated tooth loss.

Age and general health are also factors, and of course, esthetics also play a big role in the type of restoration we choose. You can see that there’s a lot to consider and everyone has unique needs. At Pruce Dental, we will take the time to discuss each of these options with you and provide you with the information you need to make a confident decision.

If you are considering tooth replacement, please call our Washington, PA dental office so we can get started!

It is imperative to your overall dental health to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. A dental bridge placed at Pruce Dental is an option we offer that fills the apparent gap in your smile and serves as a placeholder to stabilize surrounding teeth. Whether or not you’re aware of it, your teeth are always moving to some extent. It is a very minor, gradual movement, but it does occur. When a tooth is healthy, the root not only holds it in place but maintains the positioning of adjacent teeth. When a tooth and its root are lost, surrounding teeth gradually start to drift toward the empty space. A dental bridge does not have a root, but the artificial tooth prevents other teeth from
moving out of place.

A dental bridge is an excellent solution, not only because it fills the space and improves your appearance but also because it protects neighboring teeth from moving out of alignment. Misaligned teeth are unattractive, and they can also lead to problems with your dental bite and make proper oral hygiene difficult. If you have a missing tooth and are considering dental bridges in Washington, PA as a replacement method, please call our office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation so that you can discuss bridges and other tooth replacement options like dentures and dental implants with Dr. Pruce.

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