Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges From Billings, MT Dentist – Dr. Stuart
Our Billings, MT dentist office provides skillfully-crafted dental crowns and dental bridges. We create crowns out of the toughest tooth-colored materials for beautiful, long-lasting restorations. We also can place implant-supported bridges, onlays, and inlays.
Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges
A crown is something that treats a single tooth and it is usually made of gold or porcelain or some material, and it encompasses the tooth 360 degrees and reinforces that tooth. A filling requires significant healthy tooth structure to hold the filling in. The filling doesn't hold the tooth. The tooth holds the filling, so once the disease gets so big or an old filling is so large, we no longer have enough tooth left to put another filling in it.
That's where a crown comes in because a crown will literally come over the tooth, down around it, and fit down around it, and encompass it 360 degrees to strengthen it and reinforces it and restore all that tooth structure. That's why we do a crown.
A bridge is one of those procedures where we're missing a tooth, and what a bridge does is we go to either side of the gap. If there's a missing tooth here, we're going to look at the teeth on each side of that gap and we're going to prepare those teeth just like we do for a crown, but instead, what our laboratory is going to make for us is it's going to make a bridge designed to literally bridge that gap. When we get it back from the laboratory, it looks like three teeth all fused together, and it fits down over the two supporting teeth with the false one fused in the middle, and it's designed and shaped to look like it's just growing right out of your gums just like a natural tooth does. Bridges, for us, they're pretty quick. They're simple, and those two things, a bridge or a crown, whether we're treating a missing tooth or a single tooth, those things are permanent. They are cemented in there and not designed to come out and they are as close to rebuilding the natural tooth as we can get.
Reasons you might need dental crowns or dental bridges:
- Help to strengthen a tooth that has decayed past the point of needing a filling.
- Repair a broken tooth.
- Protect a tooth from breaking.
- Cover discolored or misshapen tooth.
- Support bridges.
- Use in conjunction with a dental implant as a replacement tooth.
- Replace a lost or extracted tooth.
BruxZir Solid Zirconia
Our dental crowns and dental bridges are made of solid zirconia. With no porcelain overlay, they are resistant to chipping due to the restoration being one solid piece. Our BruxZir restorations are also glazed to a smooth surface in order to reduce the ability for plaque to accumulate on your new crown or bridge. Our solid zirconia restorations are great for people who grind or clench their teeth – they are unbreakable! Learn more about BruxZir Solid Zirconia crowns and bridges here.
Our implant-supported bridges are also crafted with our unbreakable solid zirconia crowns. Implant-supported bridges are prostheses that are supported not by the surrounding teeth only, but by a dental implant. Implant-supported bridges help to retain your jaw bone structure better than traditional dental bridges because the implant is actually fused to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. This integration process also lends strength and stability to the bridge, lessening the chance that it may fail.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to correct moderately damaged teeth. These restorations lie somewhere on the spectrum between dental fillings and crowns. Inlays and onlays cover only a portion of your tooth and are used to cover either the biting surfaces or sides of the tooth respectively.
If you have a damaged tooth, a crown, bridge, implant-supported bridge, inlay, or onlay may be for you. To schedule an examination with Dr. Stuart, please call our Billings, MT dentist office during business hours at (406) 794-3114. You can also use our online form 24 hours a day to send us a message, and a member of our helpful staff will respond as soon as possible. Let us help you restore your ability to chew and talk normally.
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If your kids don’t like to go to the dentist, try Dr. Stuart. Our kids love him and his team. We just visited them yesterday for our 6 month checkup and cleaning, and Brianne was awesome! When I was a kid, the dental hygienist was a lumberjack – but not Brianne, she’s very professional and mindful of each of us. I have sensitive teeth and gums, and my visit with Dr. Stuart and his team was relaxing and easy. And the receptionist Lisa is so great, she always has a smile and positive attitude…so refreshing to have a dentist like Dr. Stuart. We have been going to Dr. Stuart for over 10 years, give him a try; you and your kids will notice the difference.
Our family found the way to Legacy Smiles in the midst of an ongoing yet undiagnosed dental crisis. Fortunately, Dr. Stuart aptly diagnosed the situation and promptly referred me to an oral surgeon to bring immediate relief. Since then, our family continues to be blessed by the genuine empathy and compassion Dr. Stuart has for his patients. He openly addresses any worries or fears we have, always in an informative and respectful manner. We encounter the same high standard of care with all of the staff at Legacy Smiles. Any treatment concerns or financial issues are courteously and promptly addressed and resolved. Dr. Stuart and Legacy Smiles provide the finest professional dental services with incomparable personal care!
Thank you, Dr. Stuart, for the senior discount on the dental work you have done for Vern and me. We’re also sending ‘kudos’ for you as well as your professional and competent staff – Lisa is a gem! It has been a pleasure interacting with all of you through the years. You and Cheryl are a good team… you’re ‘easy on the mouth’!
I wanted to thank you for the excellent service and experience I receive each time I come to your office. I appreciate the warm welcome, the time you spend explaining the procedures, and the personal touch you give. You always go the extra mile and have been a wonderful blessing to my family.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Stuart for approximately 10 years. First I established dental care, then I quickly realized my children were of age to begin dental care as well. Dr. Stuart and his team have always been amazing to work with. I have 3 children ages 14, 10, and 5. Not one of them is fearful or frightened to go to the dentist. In fact, my 10-year-old just realized this year that she is actually “getting a shot” when she comes in for dental maintenance. She got her first filling at age 4! We are treated professionally, and they are always accommodating to our scheduling needs. I have frequently recommended friends or family to Legacy Smiles and Dr. Stuart only to receive a personal thank you letter and gift as a thank you! Lisa is always on the ball with insurance claims and reminders. I just have to show up! Thank you Dr. Stuart and the team at Legacy Smiles! Your patient care and service has improved our dental health. We love you guys!
Looking for a dentist who will see you in a timely manner? How about listening to you about any fear, be they physical or financial, in a caring, friendly manner? Is taking time to explain a recommended dental procedure important? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Stuart at Legacy Smiles where you are a valued patient.
I love going to Legacy Smiles! All the staff are so friendly and make the experience a good one! I can’t wait for my next appointment!
I live in So. California and was once visiting Billings and needed to see a dentist. I tried out a few and finally settled on Dr. Stuart. He is simply the best! He extracted a lower wisdom tooth, and when the anesthetic wore off, there was no pain. Zero, zilch, nothing! He and his hygienist are also the only ones who know how to scale and plane my very sensitive mouth with no anesthetic and no pain. And all of them, including the office manager, are very pleasant and accommodating. I highly recommend them. And I, myself, scheduled my dental work for when I was going to be in Helena, MT, then drove 4 hours each way to see this very special dentist. Well worth your while to check him out.