Crowns & Bridges Specialist

John D. Aiken, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Inverness Smiles

John D. Aiken, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Birmingham, AL

If you have damaged, weakened, or missing teeth, crowns and bridges can restore your smile, and your confidence. John Aiken, DMD, and the team at Inverness Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama, create beautiful crowns and bridges, and also offer in-house manufacturing, saving you time. To learn more, call the office today to set up a visit, or try the easy online scheduling option.

Crowns & Bridges Q&A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a great restoration option that can address several dental needs. They act as tooth-shaped coverings that fit over all visible portions of a tooth. Advancements in dental technology have enabled crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. 

Dental crowns can treat teeth that are:

  • Broken
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Severely decayed
  • Worn down
  • Misshapen
  • Undersized

Dental crowns are also the visible portion of dental implants, as well as bridgework. 

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a span of one or more artificial teeth anchored directly onto the adjacent natural teeth with crowns. Bridgework is a great way to replace missing teeth if you are not a candidate for dental implants. 

There are several types of bridges to choose from, depending on the location of your missing teeth. Dr. Aiken will discuss which options are best suited for your needs, as well as the pros and cons of all your restoration options. 

What steps are taken when getting a dental crown?

Once you decide to move forward with a dental crown, you’ll come in and receive a numbing injection to keep you comfortable during your procedure. Imaging helps Dr. Aiken plan your treatment and takes no advance preparation. 

If needed, any areas of decay are corrected first. If your tooth is not large enough to support a crown, additional material is added to build up the tooth. Dr. Aiken then removes a small portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the crown.

Inverness Smiles offers in-house CERECⓇ crowns. A computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) system creates crowns with a perfect fit. These crowns are strong, beautiful, and they can be manufactured during your appointment, so you’ll walk out with your new smile. 

Once your crown is ready, Dr. Aiken checks it for fit and cements it into place. This completes your restoration, and your gum tissue will adhere to the crown over the following weeks. Your new crown does not require any special care, but you should always avoid biting down on hard foods or ice.  

Learn more about dental crowns during your personalized consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you can call the office to check appointment availability.