Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Turnage can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth without root rot. The tooth may be damaged or decayed on the surface. There is a three-week turnaround time for crowns.
We will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit. If necessary, we will remove decay at the same time.
An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication.
The color of porcelain prosthetics can then be customized.
We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one.
You will come in again for permanent crown fitting.
The procedure for a dental crown is easy, painless, and we have you back on your feet in no time. Just close your eyes or enjoy the ceiling TV while we take care of the rest!
To replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time (i.e., with gum recession around the area), we recommend bridges as opposed to dental implants. The procedure is similar to that of a crown-- 1-2 hours in the chair, and you return in three weeks at which point we will permanently cement your bridge.
If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, we suggest veneers. They are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that you can customize in color and shape. They are non-invasive and are resistant to future stains.
Common uses for veneers:
Chipped or broken teeth
Misshapen or irregular teeth
Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments