Dental Crowns in Huntington, IN

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed, NON REMOVABLE dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the bad appearance of a missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as changing the shape of your face and making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Bridges fill the space between two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. When in place, the fixed bridge will restore function and aesthetics to your mouth. The procedure usually requires two visits in our practice. The first visit will be preparing the two adjacent teeth for the connecting crowns. We will take an impression and place a temporary. At the final appointment, we will remove the temporary and bond the final restoration. The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. Caring for your bridge is just like caring for your own teeth. For more information on bridges or restorative dentistry, contact our office today.

Dental Crowns

A crown (or dental cap) is a dental restoration which encases the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its former shape and size. Crowns will strengthen and protect weak or damaged tooth structure and are placed over root canal-treated teeth for additional protection. Crowns are a great option for weak and broken teeth or teeth with fracture lines.

If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can also help you recover your smile. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not provide enough strength or protection.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we will be happy to discuss with you.

The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made to fit in the spot created for it and look the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, we will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be bonded in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and can last for many years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.

Dental Fillings

Silver Amalgam
If you’ve had a lot of dental work and fillings in the past, you may have silver amalgam fillings in your back teeth. Amalgam has been the main filling material used in back teeth for over 100 years. It is still one of the best filling materials. Amalgam fillings are not used as much anymore because of the technology and development of white composite fillings over the years. Although silver fillings are not harmful, our office is able to replace old, worn out amalgam fillings with white filling material for aesthetic purposes or we can crown back teeth that have had large silver fillings in the past. Teeth with large fillings are more prone to fracturing and breaking off, so crowns or onlays are a terrific option for added protection.

White Composite Fillings
White or composite filling are the most popular material used to “fill” or restore teeth today because they look better. Whether their long term benefits outweigh other materials is yet to be determined. A white filling can be used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other minor dental flaws. Crowns, veneers or onlays should be considered when more tooth is missing.

Gold onlays and inlays
The gold onlay is one of the best “fillings” dentistry has to offer because it requires minimal tooth reduction and provides optimal strength with great gum health. They can be made with white materials, but these have not been time-tested. An onlay will cover the top of the tooth protecting the tooth from fractures, while an inlay fits inside the tooth. We have used bonded white inlays successfully for several years. Onlays and inlays can provide you with some of the highest quality dentistry available today.

These restorations are made from impressions of your teeth which allows for better contacts between the teeth, better fit at the margins, and better control of the shape of the restoration on all sides and biting surface. Gold also doesn’t tarnish or corrode and actually protects the natural color of teeth. More dentists request gold for their own restorations and their families than any other material. If you are that individual who is looking for the best, most long lasting care, onlays should be considered. We are happy to show you examples of onlays and inlays and answer your questions.

Snap-On Smile

You can redesign and change the appearance of your teeth without shots or drilling. It is affordable, non-invasive and completely reversible. It is custom made for you to be thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with it and remove it anytime. Simply pop it in or out over your natural teeth. Your teeth and gums should be healthy before using a Snap-On-Smile.

Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry

Like many people, you may not be happy with the color of your teeth. Maybe you have even tried over-the-counter or drugstore whitening products with little to no success. You need an effective option for removing unattractive tooth stains and the dull, yellow appearance of your teeth. Our at home whitening system allows you to have complete control over the outcome you achieve with whitening. Initially, our office staff will make models of your teeth and will fabricate clear plastic trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. Please call our office to inquire about our at home bleaching system and our FREE Whitening-For-Life program.

Contact Us

John E. Regan, DDS, MAGD

650 Cherry Street Huntington, IN 46750