Perfecting Smiles in Southern Oregon

Contact Info

Bruce P. Mitchell, D.M.D.
Family Dentistry
3560 National Drive, Ste 102
Medford, Or 97504

(541) 773-3959
Fax: (541) 773-1186

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Highly recommended! I recommend this office to all of my friends. NO ONE has ever regretted my recommendation. Once they have gone to this office, they have stayed. The staff is friendly and professional. Dr Mitchell is great!

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Crown and Bridge

Crowns

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity or a fracture threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, porcelain and gold being the most common. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. The most common method of crowning a tooth involves preparing the tooth for the crown, using a dental impression of the prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. A temporary crown is then inserted and worn until the final crown is made. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment.

Bridges

A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. There are different types of bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. An impression of the prepared teeth is then taken and sent to a lab for construction of the final bridge. While the final bridge is being made, a temporary will be worn by the patient to cover up the prepared teeth. The final bridge is then cemented permanently at a follow-up appointment. The materials used for bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or in the correct situation porcelain alone. The recipient of such a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis.