How can we help you?
We encourage our patients to feel comfortable asking questions about proposed dental treatments. Dr. Wesley R. Davis and our team always take the time to discuss your procedure in detail, and we know that there’s a lot to think about. That’s why it’s vital that you share any concerns or questions you may have about your proposed treatment. The best way for us to meet your expectations is to understand what’s important to you.
Listed below are a few questions our team hears most often. You probably have many more of your own, so please call our office and a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you.
Crowns & Bridges
When you get dental crowns or bridges at our Hershey, PA dental office, you’re investing in your comfort and oral health. Protecting these restorations with good oral habits at home and routine dental visits will ensure that they give you many years of service.
What Dental Crowns and Bridges Do
Dental crowns and bridges both restore your appearance and chewing function. A crown is placed over a tooth to strengthen and protect it. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by filling the open space and relies on adjacent teeth for support.
When Hershey dentist Dr. Wes Davis designs your new dental crown or bridge, he uses only the highest-quality most durable materials like E-max and Bruxzir. Both are long-lasting, but your main concern should be the teeth under these restorations.
Protect Your Dental Crowns and Bridges
You should be brushing twice a day and flossing once anyway, but it’s especially important when you have a dental crown or bridge. If you develop gum disease or the tooth beneath it develops a cavity, you may have to replace the entire restoration.
Keeping your mouth healthy with excellent oral hygiene and six-month checkups at our Hershey dental office is the best way to protect your investment. At each visit, Dr. Davis will check your restorations to make sure they’re in good condition and monitor your teeth for signs of decay.
If you have dental crowns or bridges and want them to last as long as possible, please call us for a dental appointment.
Fixed dental bridges are a tooth replacement that has been used successfully for decades. Dental implants are a more recent innovation, but they also have a very high success rate.
You deserve choices, so we offer both dental implants and bridges at our Hershey, PA dental office. Both are excellent options, and each has pros and cons.
How Implants and Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge replaces one or two missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. It uses an artificial tooth (pontic) to fill the open space; dental crowns on either side of the pontic are attached to adjacent teeth for support.
A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement that uses a titanium post implanted in the jaw to take the place of the lost tooth root. After the implant post heals in the jaw, we attach a dental crown, bridge, or denture to it.
The Pros and Cons
A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement, so we don’t need to involve any healthy teeth. When you care for a dental implant properly, it can give you a lifetime of service. But the drawback is that getting a dental implant can take six months or more.
Dental bridges are an excellent choice if you don’t want to wait months for a tooth replacement. The process for getting a bridge is less involved, so they are more affordable than dental implants. However, a dental bridge has a lifespan of about 15 years, and we will eventually need to replace it.
Call Us about Replacing That Missing Tooth
If you want to replace a missing tooth in Hershey, PA, please call us. We’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis so he can explain your options and help you choose the one that’s right for your needs.
The tooth-colored material we use for dental fillings is very durable and stands up to years of wear and tear. But a filling can only support so much of your tooth, and when too much of the tooth is compromised, Dr. Davis would recommend a dental crown placed at our Hershey, PA dental office.
Unlike a dental filling that sits inside your tooth, a crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain jacket that fits over the entire tooth. A dental crown absorbs much more chewing force than a filling, which makes it a perfect restoration to protect a damaged or weakened tooth.
Once your customized dental crown is in place, it restores lost function so you can chew on it just as you would a strong, healthy tooth.
Why We Would Recommend a Dental Crown
There are several reasons why Dr. Davis would recommend a dental crown:
- A cavity is too large to be resolved with a filling
- A broken tooth needs protection and support
- A root canal has weakened the tooth
- A dental implant needs a crown to restore function
Call Us to See if a Dental Crown Is Right for You
Not sure if you need a filling or a dental crown? Call our Hershey, PA dental office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Davis. He’ll be happy to evaluate your needs and determine which is right for you.
The Right Time to Get a Dental Crown
If Dr. Davis recommends a dental crown, a couple of things may be happening that require us to strengthen and reinforce a tooth with a durable restoration.
We use durable zirconia and eMax crowns to support a tooth that has been compromised in some way, and we use them to strengthen and protect teeth in the following cases:
- When a tooth has too much decay to be fixed with a filling
- To anchor a dental bridge to adjacent teeth
- After implant placement to restore function and appearance
- After root canal therapy to further protect and strengthen a tooth
- Your bite is off and we need to restore its balance
Dr. Davis has placed thousands of dental crowns in Hummelstown and is well known for his durable, state-of-the-art restorations. He uses zirconia and eMax, two of the most durable materials used today to fabricate crowns.
If you think you might need a crown, please call our office to arrange a consultation. Dr. Davis will check to see what’s going on, make recommendations to resolve the problem, and help you decide if a crown is right for your needs.