At some point in your life you will need restorative dentistry care. At Ritter Family Dentistry we make a strong committment to our patients to help preserve your teeth.
A dental crown is tooth that encases the visible portion of the tooth or dental implant. It is permanently bonded and can only be removed by a dentist. Crowns normally last 5 - 15 years if they are properly taken care of. We offer full porcelian crowns, full, metal crowns, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. We will determine which crown best fits your needs, depending on the location of the crown, chewing placement and structure of the tooth or implant.
What to Expect
When you arrive for your visit we will make impressions of your teeth and then numb the tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic. We will prepare the tooth and then place a temporary crown made from the impressions we made. We will then send the impressions to our lab to have your permanent crown made. The turn-around time at our lab is about two weeks.
You can wear your temporary crown for longer than two weeks but the bonding we use is not as strong and it may come loose.
We do not recommend waiting too long before you get your permanent crown since your teeth move often the crown we had made may or may not fit.
When you come back in to have your permanent crown placed we will numb the area, clean it, and place the crown over the tooth or the implant.
Bridges are also known as partial dentures. They are use to replace one or more missing teeth and "bridge" the gap between the teeth. Bridges can be fixed or removable and can last 10 - 20 yers if cared for properly.
What to Expect
When you arrive for your visit we will numb the area and make an impression with a putty-like material. We will prepare the teeth around the area to ensure they can hold the bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge made from your impressions while we send off for your permanent bridge from the lab. We will setup an appointment for you to come back and attach your bridge.
When part of your tooth is damaged due to decay, cracks, or fractures we will remove the damaged area and filled in with the composite filling. Since it is the same color as your teeth it is the most popular type of filling.
What to Expect
When you arrive for your visit we will numb the tooth, remove any decay as needed. We will then clean the tooth thoroughly and prepare it before the new filling is placed, shaped, and polished restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. You may experience a short period of sensitivity to hot or cold right after your filling is placed but will get better after a few days.
Fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced one day but last for many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
The goal at Ritter Family Dentistry is to preserve your teeth. If an extraction is completely necessary we will provide a painless procedure and can offer options to replace your tooth as well.