Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, we sometimes need a little extra support. That's where dental crowns and bridges come in. These innovative restorative solutions can help enhance both the look and function of your teeth, giving you the confidence to show off your pearly whites. 

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the most common dental restorations used today. But what exactly are they? Simply put, dental crowns are like "caps" that cover a damaged or decayed tooth, restoring its shape, strength, and functionality. They provide an extra layer of protection to teeth that have been weakened by extensive decay or fractures. 

These crowns can be made from various materials such as porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of both. However, as a holistic dentist, Dr. Raymond Hatland prefers using all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (gold) crowns for their biocompatibility and natural appearance. If you're looking for reliable dental crowns crafted by an experienced holistic dentist who values biocompatible materials and personalized treatment plans tailored specifically to each patient's needs—look no further than Dr. Raymond Hatland! 

Benefits of Dental Crowns 

Enhancing the appearance of your smile is just one of the many benefits that dental crowns can provide. These versatile restorations can provide both functional and aesthetic improvements to your teeth, giving you a confident and beautiful smile. 

  • One major benefit of dental crowns is their ability to strengthen and protect weakened or damaged teeth. Whether it's due to decay, trauma, or wear, a crown can restore the structural integrity of a tooth by covering it completely. This helps prevent further damage and potential tooth loss in the future. 
  • In addition to protection, dental crowns also improve the functionality of your teeth. If you have a severely worn-down tooth or a fractured one, chewing food might become challenging. With a crown placed over the affected tooth, you can regain full biting force and properly chew your favorite foods again. 
  • Another advantage is that dental crowns are highly durable. Made from high-quality materials like all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (gold), they are designed to withstand daily wear and tear for many years. This means that once you receive a crown, you won't have to worry about its longevity as long as you maintain good oral hygiene practices. 
  • Furthermore, dental crowns can be made to be natural-looking. Dr Raymond Hatland understands the importance of aesthetics in dentistry; therefore, he only places all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (gold) crowns that mimic the appearance of natural teeth seamlessly. The color and shape will be customized to match your surrounding teeth perfectly so that no one will even know it's there! 

Getting dental crowns not only improves your oral health but also boosts your self-confidence. By having damaged or misshapen teeth restored with beautifully crafted prosthetics from Dr Hatland's expertise in holistic dentistry, you'll feel more comfortable smiling freely without any embarrassment or hesitation. 

What Can Crowns Fix? 

Dental crowns are versatile restorative solutions that can address various dental issues. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Raymond Hatland focuses on using materials that are not only effective but also safe for your overall health and well-being. Here are some of the common problems that can be fixed with dental crowns: 

  • Tooth Decay: When a tooth has significant decay or cavities, a crown can help restore its strength and functionality. 
  • Cracked Teeth: A cracked tooth needs protection to prevent further damage or breakage. A crown provides reinforcement and support to keep the tooth intact. 
  • Broken Teeth: Whether due to trauma or excessive wear, broken teeth can be restored with dental crowns, restoring their natural appearance and function. 
  • Misshapen Teeth: If you have irregularly shaped teeth affecting your smile aesthetics, crowns can effectively reshape them for an improved look. 
  • Severely Worn Teeth: Over time, teeth may become worn down from grinding or acid erosion. Dental crowns provide a durable solution by rebuilding the structure of these worn-down teeth. 
  • Tooth Discoloration: Certain stains or discoloration cannot be adequately addressed through whitening treatments alone. In such cases, porcelain crowns offer a permanent solution for achieving a brighter smile. 

Dr. Hatland's commitment to holistic dentistry means he carefully selects materials for your dental crowns. All-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (gold) options are preferred over all-metal alternatives as they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth while minimizing potential health risks associated with metal fillings. 

The Dental Crown Procedure: From Consultation with Dr. Hatland to Placement 

When it comes to getting dental crowns, the journey starts with a consultation with our holistic dentist, Dr. Raymond Hatland. During this initial visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and goals for your smile. 

Dr. Hatland believes in taking a personalized approach to every patient's treatment plan. He will carefully examine your teeth and assess their condition before recommending dental crowns as a solution. This thorough evaluation ensures that the treatment is tailored specifically to meet your needs.

Once you and Dr. Hatland have decided that dental crowns are the right option for you, the next step is preparing your teeth for placement. The process involves gently reshaping the tooth that will receive the crown so that they can securely hold it in place. After preparing your teeth, impressions of them will be taken using advanced digital technology. These impressions serve as a blueprint for creating custom-made crowns that perfectly fit your unique smile. While waiting for your permanent crowns to be fabricated at our trusted dental lab, temporary crowns may be placed on your prepared teeth to protect them and maintain proper function.

Once your permanent crowns are ready, you will return for another appointment with Dr. Hatland for their placement. He will ensure that each crown fits seamlessly into its designated position and matches both the color and shape of surrounding natural teeth. With great attention to detail and precision, Dr. Hatland uses his expertise in holistic dentistry practices to provide exceptional care throughout every step of this procedure — from consultation all the way through placement. 

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are custom-made prosthetic devices that consist of two or more crowns on either end with artificial teeth in between that “bridges” the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. These bridges work by anchoring to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants, providing stability and functionality while restoring a patient's smile.

Crafted meticulously using high-quality materials such as porcelain, ceramic, etc, dental bridges seamlessly blend with existing teeth both aesthetically and functionally. By filling the empty space left by missing teeth, they prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of alignment and maintain proper oral health for years to come.

The Dental Bridge Procedure: From Consultation with Dr. Hatland to Placement 

First, you will have an initial consultation with Dr. Hatland to discuss your specific needs and concerns. He will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and overall oral health to determine if a dental bridge is the best treatment option for you. 

Once it has been determined that a dental bridge is the right choice, the next step is to prepare the abutment teeth. These are the teeth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth or teeth used to be. Dr. Hatland will carefully remove a small amount of enamel from these teeth to create space for the crowns that will hold the bridge in place. 

After preparing the abutment teeth, impressions or digital scans will be taken of your mouth. These impressions or scans are sent to a dental lab where skilled technicians will craft your custom-made dental bridge. While waiting for your permanent bridge to be created, Dr. Hatland may provide a temporary bridge or crown to protect your prepared teeth and maintain aesthetics during this time. 

Once your permanent bridge is ready, you will return for another appointment with Dr. Hatland for its placement. He will ensure proper fit and alignment before cementing it into place using strong dental adhesive. Afterward, he may make some minor adjustments as needed so that it feels comfortable within your bite. 

Benefits of Dental Bridges 

Dental bridges are an effective solution for addressing various dental issues. These customized prosthetic devices can help restore your smile, improve oral function, and prevent further dental problems. Here are some things that bridges can do: 

  • Address tooth loss: One common issue that dental bridges can address is tooth loss. Whether you have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth, a bridge can fill in the gap and provide stability to surrounding teeth. This not only enhances your appearance but also helps maintain proper alignment and prevents shifting of adjacent teeth. 
  • Improve chewing and speaking abilities: Moreover, dental bridges can improve chewing and speaking abilities. Missing teeth can make it difficult to bite and chew properly, which may lead to digestive problems. By replacing the missing tooth/teeth with a bridge, you can regain normal chewing function and enjoy your favorite foods without discomfort. 
  • Helps maintain facial structure: Furthermore, dental bridges play a crucial role in maintaining facial structure. Tooth loss can cause the cheeks to sink in or sag over time due to a lack of support from natural teeth roots. By filling in the gaps with artificial replacement teeth supported by crowns or implants on either side, bridges help preserve facial contours and prevent premature aging. 

Overall, dental bridges serve as an excellent option for addressing tooth loss concerns while improving both oral function and aesthetic appeal. 

Choose our Holistic Dentist for Your Dental Crown and Bridge Needs 

When it comes to dental crowns or bridges, it's important to choose a dentist who not only has the necessary expertise but also prioritizes your overall health and well-being. Dr. Raymond Hatland is a holistic dentist who understands the importance of using biocompatible materials in dental treatments. 

Dr. Hatland carefully selects the materials used for creating dental crowns, ensuring that they are free from toxins and allergens that could potentially harm your body. He only places all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (gold) crowns, avoiding the use of all-metal crowns. 

Not only does Dr. Hatland prioritize your health, but he also ensures that you receive high-quality care throughout every step of the crown and bridge placement process. From initial consultation to final placement, he will thoroughly assess your oral health and provide personalized treatment plans tailored to meet your specific needs. 

Don't settle for traditional dentistry when you can experience the benefits of holistic dentistry with Dr. Raymond Hatland. With his expertise in natural and biocompatible materials, you can trust that your dental crown and bridge will be both aesthetically pleasing and safe for your overall health. Visit our dental offices in Indianapolis, IN, or Lincolnwood, IL, to learn more.

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