Dental crowns are “caps” that cover your entire tooth. In order to place them, your tooth needs to be shaped before the crown is cemented over your remaining tooth structure. Crowns improve color, shape, and size of a tooth. Our crowns are made using state-of-the-art computer aided design and are fabricated from the strongest most aesthetic ceramic and porcelain materials available today.
Some reasons why you may need a crown include: a large cavity, fractured or worn down teeth, protection after root canal treatment, or coverage of a discolored or misshaped tooth. During your exam at Apex Dental, Dr. Brad and Dr. Mindy will look thoroughly for any of these conditions and inform you if you may benefit from a crown.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin that is bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers are a relatively quick and simple solution to correcting many aesthetic problems including chipped, worn, crooked, misshapen, discolored and spaced teeth. Typically, there is little or no removal of the existing tooth before placing the veneer over the tooth. If you would like to know if this aesthetic treatment option is right for you, ask Dr. Brad or Dr. Mindy at your next exam.
A dental bridge is designed to restore one or more missing teeth by preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns and using them to support a single ceramic unit that appears to be multiple teeth. Like crowns, bridges are typically made of a high strength porcelain or ceramic, that mimics tooth shade and contour.
If you have a missing tooth, over time the adjacent teeth will begin shifting towards the gap left by the missing tooth, resulting in bite misalignment and increased stress on remaining teeth. There are multiple options for tooth replacement, and our team at Apex Dental is very experienced in all of them. If you are missing any teeth, come see us today for an evaluation of replacement options.
I am always very impressed with the kindness and great service provided by the entire staff at Apex Dental… from the people at the front desk to the assistants, hygienists and dentists. I recently had an unexpected visit for a tooth repair, and my experience was first-rate. I have and will continue to recommend Apex Dental.
-Sara P. Des Moines, IA