Everyone is vulnerable to tooth decay and damage, and no matter how well you brush and floss, you may need tooth repair or replacement at some point. Dr. Goodman, your dentist in Columbia TN, provides dental crowns, bridges, full or partial dentures, and more. Learn more about each option below.
A dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that fits over a damaged tooth. Also called a cap, the dental crown fits securely over the affected tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Crowns can perform a number of functions, including…
- Holding together parts of a broken tooth
- Restoring the strength of a weak or worn tooth
- Making cosmetic improvements to a front tooth
- As the final step in root canal therapy
- Replacing a single missing tooth (when supported by a dental implant)
Dental crowns are placed over two to three visits to your dentist’s office. During the first, Dr. Goodman removes any existing decay and prepares your tooth for the crown. Tooth preparation involves reshaping the tooth to make room for the restoration. He’ll then take impressions and x-rays to aid in the creation of your crown. Between visits, you will wear a temporary crown while the permanent is manufactured in a separate lab. Once your new crown is ready, you return to our office for its final placement.
Dental crowns can also hold a fixed bridge in place to fill gaps in a smile. With this method, a crown is placed on the two natural teeth surrounding the gap, and the prosthetic teeth fill the space in between. This type of bridge is not removable. A fixed dental bridge requires the modification of healthy tooth enamel, but it prevents surrounding teeth from drifting out of place to cause orthodontic issues.
For several or a whole row of missing teeth, removable dentures and partials are an excellent option. They’re prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base, and they look just like your natural smile. Dentures are most successful when retained by dental implants (see below). When not preceded by implant dentistry, dentures are held in place with suction, clasps, or using a denture adhesive.
For eligible patients, there is no better method for replacing your missing teeth than with dental implants. These titanium posts act as prosthetic roots for the denture or crown that is secured on top. Dental implants improve oral health and provide unsurpassed stability for the replacement teeth. Dr. Goodman will recommend a qualified oral surgeon for the placement of dental implants, and then we provide the restoration once they have healed.
Dr. Goodman is experienced in providing root canal therapy for patients with severe tooth decay or damage. The root canal procedure removes all infected tissue from the inside of the tooth, then restores its strength with a filling and/or dental crown. The root canal is usually the last option for saving a tooth before extraction is necessary.
When a damaged or decayed tooth cannot be saved, its removal is necessary. Wisdom teeth are the most frequently extracted teeth. Extraction is a routine oral surgery that Dr. Goodman provides at our state-of-the-art office.