Dental Crowns & Bridges | Davenport IA

Dental crowns are a multi-purpose treatment option. Protecting damaged teeth, improving smile aesthetics and anchoring dental bridges for teeth replacement are common uses.

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped shell that is placed over a compromised tooth to protect it from further damage or to aesthetically improve its shape, strength and appearance. A crown covers the entire visible portion of a natural tooth, making it appear to be real.

At Dague Dental Solutions, crowns are commonly fashioned from resin, ceramic or porcelain. Resin crowns are less expensive than the other types but they are also less durable, which can eventually negate the savings. In addition to their strength, ceramic and porcelain crowns are better for color matching with the surrounding natural teeth.

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When is a crown needed?

A dental crown may be necessary in these instances:

  • To protect a decayed or injured tooth, particularly one that is cracked or has a large filling.
  • To provide a cosmetic upgrade to misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
  • To cap a dental implant.
  • To serve as an anchor for a dental bridge.

What can I expect at my crown appointments?

Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits with Dr. Jolene Dague. The first appointment is used to examine and prepare the tooth; the return visit is for placing the permanent crown.

Initial Appointment: Dr. Dague will take X-rays to check the tooth roots and surrounding bone. If they’re ok, she will prepare the tooth by reducing its size to allow for placement of the crown. Impressions of the reshaped tooth will then be taken to determine the crown’s fit and appearance. A temporary crown is put on the tooth. The molds are sent to a dental lab where the new permanent crown is milled. (Note: If the X-rays reveal substantial decay or if Dr. Dague thinks there is risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal may be required as an additional step.)

Follow-up appointment: At the second visit, Dr. Dague will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is acceptable, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown is cemented in place.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is used to restore a person’s smile when one or more of their teeth are missing. The bridge holds the “pontics” (artificial teeth) securely in place in the empty space(s), to literally “bridge the gap(s)” in their dentition.

  • A traditional bridge is anchored by crowns on both sides of the space where the tooth once stood.
  • An implant bridge is supported by dental implants that are set directly into the jawbone.
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Contact us about crowns and bridges

If you are troubled by the appearance of a decayed, damaged or discolored tooth, or if you have one or more missing teeth that need to be replaced, crowns and/or bridges may be the ideal fix. Call Dague Dental Solutions today at (563) 386-9770 or use the contact form on our website to schedule a smile consultation with Dr. Dague, one of the top cosmetic dentists in the Quad Cities. She will assess your needs and recommend the optimal treatment plan.

Located in the Walnut Center Shopping Plaza, on N Brady St (Hwy Bus 61) south of I-80

Dague Dental Solutions is located at 4711 N Brady St Ste 5s, in Davenport, IA. From Davenport Airport head east, Drive along US-61 S and US-61 BUS 8 min (4.4 mi) to arrive at Walnut Center Shopping Center. For questions call us at (563) 386-9770. You can also find us on Social media at Facebook and Instagram.