Crowns & Bridges in Hershey PA
Serving the Hershey, PA community
If a tooth is missing or damaged beyond repair, we can use porcelain dental crowns and bridges to restore its health, appearance, and function. Dental crowns and bridges are extremely reliable for repairing even the most severe oral health problems. We use these treatments for long-term correction of major dental problems, and it’s not unusual for them to last as long as 10 to 20 years.
Dr. Wesley R. Davis is well known and highly respected for the quality of his dental work. He has placed thousands of restorations, including dental crowns and bridges, so you can be sure his expertise in this area is second to none! He has chosen to use BruxZir and E-max dental crowns at our Hershey, PA office for a superior fit, increased longevity, and a natural appearance. Our patients are always thrilled with the results we achieve with our high-quality, durable restorations!
Call Us for an Appointment
Are damaged or missing teeth causing you embarrassment and discomfort? If so, please contact the dental office of Wesley R. Davis, DDS. We’ll sit down with you and discuss your situation as well as all available options for correcting any dental problem you’re experiencing.
Until we see you, here are a few of the questions about dental crowns and bridges that we hear most frequently. Please let us know if you have others, and we'll be happy to find the answers you need!
- What’s the difference between a dental crown and a bridge?
- What are dental crowns used for?
- How long does it take to get a dental crown?
- What are BruxZir and E-max dental crowns?
- How long do dental crowns last?
- How does a dental bridge work?
- Why should I replace missing teeth with a dental bridge?
- What are my other options for replacing missing teeth?
What’s the difference between a dental crown and a bridge?
We refer to dental crowns and bridges as restorations because they return damaged or missing teeth to full function and appearance. The difference is that a dental crown strengthens and supports a damaged tooth while a bridge replaces a lost tooth.
- A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ceramic jacket that fits over a broken or worn-down tooth. The crown absorbs chewing forces, which protects the tooth from further damage.
- A dental bridge is used to replace one or two missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. An artificial tooth called a pontic sits in the open space, and we anchor it to adjacent teeth with dental crowns.
With conscientious oral care, including excellent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups, our high-quality crowns and bridges can last ten years or longer. Please call us to learn more about dental crowns and bridges in Hershey, PA, and we'll explain which is right for you.
What are dental crowns used for?
If your teeth are damaged by routine wear and tear, disease or because of dental trauma, porcelain dental crowns are an excellent solution for restoring strength and function. Front teeth with older fillings may be weak and cause cosmetic problems like discoloration. If you have had a root canal, Dr. Davis would recommend a dental crown to strengthen it and protect it from further damage.
Using dental crowns, we can:
- Offer protection for misshapen or badly broken teeth
- Replace a missing tooth (dental implant restoration)
- Create a natural-looking restoration that functions well
- Fix cosmetic and functional problems
If you want to repair damaged or broken teeth, please call Dr. Wes Davis for a dental appointment.
How long does it take to get a dental crown?
If you need a dental crown to fix broken teeth in Hershey, you can expect the entire process to take about two weeks. Once Dr. Davis determines the best material to use for your crown, there are several steps involved. The whole process typically takes about two weeks:
- Prepare your tooth – Since a dental crown adds bulk, Dr. Davis needs to slightly reshape your tooth so that the crown blends naturally with the rest of your smile.
- Take impressions – We take dental impressions because we need to create a temporary crown and make an accurate model of your teeth. A custom dental lab uses this model to fabricate your customized crown.
- Place your temporary crown – In the meantime, your damaged tooth needs to be protected, so we place a temporary crown on the tooth.
It usually takes about two weeks to get a finished crown back from the lab. When we receive it, we’ll have you return to our Hershey dental office to complete the final steps.
The second visit is less involved than the first:
- Remove your temporary dental crown and thoroughly clean the tooth.
- Place the crown on your tooth to check it for fit and appearance.
- Adjust the dental crown so that you can bite down evenly on both sides.
- Cement the crown to your tooth
If you would like to learn more about dental crowns at our Hershey, PA dental office, please call us for a dental appointment.
What are BruxZir and E-max dental crowns?
BruxZir crowns are made using biocompatible medical-grade zirconia that is virtually indestructible, and E-max crowns are composed of high-strength lithium disilicate.
Both types of crowns are more resistant to cracking, chipping, or breaking in the mouth, which makes them the perfect choice for those who may have worn down or broken their natural teeth because of the excessive force created by grinding or clenching.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns are very durable, but the longevity of yours depends on your oral health habits. If you brush at least twice a day, floss once, and schedule routine dental exams and teeth cleanings, your crown could last as long as 15 years.
But it’s important to remember that while your dental crown won’t decay, the tooth beneath it can. And if you’re not caring for your gums properly, you’re at higher risk for periodontal disease that can attack the structures that support your teeth. If a crown tooth develops a cavity, Dr. Davis needs to fill it, and we may need to replace the crown.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning, please call our Hershey dental office. During your appointment, we’ll ensure that your crown and the tooth beneath it are in good condition.
How does a dental bridge work?
A fixed bridge fills the gap where teeth are absent and consists of an artificial tooth (or teeth) attached to adjacent natural teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.
Your customized dental bridge is cemented in place, and only your dentist can remove it. A fixed bridge offers more stability than removable bridges and is very functional and esthetic restorations.
Please call our Hershey, PA dental office to see if a dental bridge is the best solution for you.
Why should I replace missing teeth with a dental bridge?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you already know how it affects your appearance and, in turn, your self-confidence. Equally important is the fact that all your teeth serve a specific purpose, allowing proper speech and chewing as well as maintaining proper alignment of other teeth.
No one likes to think about tooth loss, but if you do lose teeth, they need to be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, dental bridges offer a perfection solution for correcting tooth loss.
All your teeth were designed to complement each other. When a tooth is missing, unusual stress is placed on your gums and other oral tissues, causing several potentially serious disorders. The increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the most destructive aspects of missing teeth, but this risk can be minimized with a dental bridge.
What are my other options for replacing missing teeth?
Dental bridges at our Hershey, PA dental office are popular because they restore your appearance and the ability to speak and chew comfortably. But they’re not your only option to replace missing teeth!
Dr. Wes Davis also places and restores dental implants, which tend to be a healthier option than a bridge because we don’t have to alter your teeth. If you would like a long term solution than a bridge, ask us about dental implants.
Full and partial dentures are also a time-tested tooth replacement that has helped millions of people smile with confidence again. We customize beautiful, natural-looking dentures that look more like natural teeth than you ever thought possible!