Crowns & Bridges
In order to provide the best solutions for our patients we incorporate crowns + bridges in our services. Crowns can be used to replace a tooth that has more decay than can be treated using removal and filling of cavities. The treatment process for somebody receiving a crown is:
- Numbing the area around the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
- Re-sculpting the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
- Make an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made permanent crown.
- Make a temporary crown out of acrylic resin that fits onto the base of the tooth for an interim period.
- Apply the permanent crown by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent crown on the tooth.
- After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and feel, the Dentist cements it into place.
Things to Remember with a Crown:
- Avoid chewing in that area with the temporary crown
- Don’t eat anything stick with the temporary crown.
- If your crown slips off, replace it as soon as possible and call our office.
- Some discomfort may occur due to the fitting of the crown below the gumline.
- Sensitivity to cold and pressure are always possible
Restoration using a Bridge:
Teeth were designed to compliment each other. When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may shift toward the empty space or teeth in the opposite jaw may move up or down toward the space. This places unusual stress on both the teeth and the tissue in your mouth. This can result in fractured teeth, periodontal disease and joint problems.
A bridge is used to replace one or more teeth and is permanently cemented in the mouth. The teeth adjacent to the missing teeth are prepared are prepared or reduced in size so they can be used as anchors for the fixed bridge.
A temporary acrylic bridge is provided for our patients until the permanent bridge is fabricated in the lab. The bridge is ultimately cemented to the prepared teeth with dental cement.
Patients prefer bridges because it provides:
- Aesthetic appeal to replace missing teeth.
- The process is relatively quick
- Improves self confidence, appearance and helps eliminate future dental problems.
- A more stable bite with excellent function, comfort + esthetics.