Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and dental bridges are two of the most common restorations available today. At Central Dental Specialists, we specialize in both of these appliances because they are time-tested and effective solutions. Whether you have a problematic or missing tooth, our restorative treatments can get your smile back on track!
What Is a Crown?
A dental crown is a full-coverage appliance that improves the function and cosmetics of a badly damaged tooth. We may recommend a crown to:
In the past, crowns were usually made from metal. These days, patients have more options than ever before. Many people choose porcelain crowns due to their superior aesthetics. The type of crown you receive depends on the location of the tooth and your desired results.
To place a crown, the tooth in question must be completely reshaped. After we reshape the tooth, we will take an impression, which we use to fabricate your final crown. Once your final crown is ready, we will permanently bond it to the tooth.
The crown procedure is typically broken up into two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and one to place the restoration. Thanks to new CAD/CAM technology, like CEREC, it may also be possible to reshape the tooth and place the crown during the same appointment.
What Is a Bridge?
A traditional bridge is a popular option for tooth replacement. If you are missing one or more adjacent teeth, a bridge can help restore the appearance of your smile and prevent potential problems. Once you lose a tooth, your surrounding teeth may shift out of position to accommodate the open space. This restoration, as the name suggests, literally “bridges” the gap and keeps your teeth in their proper alignment.
The appliance itself consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. If you are missing multiple teeth, the bridge may consist of multiple pontics. As with dental crowns, the surrounding teeth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the appliance.
Because the fabrication process may take several weeks, we typically install a temporary bridge to restore your ability to properly chew and speak. Most permanent bridges these days are also made from porcelain or zirconia. Talk with Dr. Michael Stangler to learn more about your restorative options.
After You Receive Your Crown or Bridge
Once your restoration is in place, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions. Thanks to advancements in technology and technique, both procedures are considered relatively minor. Most patients experience very little pain or discomfort during and after their procedure.
You should be able to treat your crown or bridge as you would your natural teeth. Be sure to implement a good oral hygiene routine to prevent potential complications. Regular checkups and professional cleanings are also an important part of your oral health. With the proper care, your new restorations should last for many years!
Missing multiple teeth has a major impact on your bite, speech, dental health, and of course, the look of your smile. If left untreated, missing teeth can have serious consequences, including jawbone deterioration, gum disease, and decay of surrounding teeth – which may lead to further tooth loss. If you are missing multiple teeth in the same area, you might be a good candidate for a partial fixed bridge.
A complete fixed bridge is a full arch of replacement teeth that is supported by several dental implants. It is a permanent solution that will give you a smile indistinguishable from natural teeth in appearance, feeling, function, and maintenance.
If you have one or more decayed, worn down, or fractured teeth, you might be a good candidate for dental crowns. Anterior Crowns restore the structure and function of your teeth, as well as greatly improve the appearance of your smile.
Dental bridges are yet another option for restoring the appearance and function of your smile. If you are missing one or more teeth in the same area, Central Dental Specialists can help you determine if an anterior bridge is the best treatment plan for you.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have a damaged, decayed, or missing tooth, a crown or bridge may be the ideal solution. Call (781) 438-6618 to schedule your appointment today!