What is a crown? When is it recommended?
A dental crown is a tooth-colored covering, or “cap”, that replaces the top part of a tooth when a restoration is needed. Each crown is custom-made, and has the look and feel of a natural tooth. The most common reason a crown might be recommended is a cracked tooth, though old fillings might also cause part of a tooth to break off.
What can I expect during the crown treatment process?
We start the process by taking an initial impression of the tooth, as a precise measurement will ensure the crown fits comfortably in the mouth. From there, we remove a thin layer from the overall surface of the tooth, which will be replaced by the crown. We then take another impression before sending the impressions out to the lab. The lab will fabricate the appliance and send it back to us, at which point we can place the crown on the tooth using a cement material.
What is a bridge? When is it recommended?
A bridge is a type of dental treatment that uses a false tooth attached to two surrounding dental crowns covering the adjacent teeth. Bridges are one solution to replacing missing teeth, especially if a patient is looking for something that lasts longer and feels better than a removable appliance such as a denture.
What can I expect during the bridge treatment process?
We start the process by taking an initial impression of the missing tooth space, as well as of the adjacent teeth. From there, we remove layers from the overall surface of each adjacent tooth, which will be replaced by crowns. We then take another impression before sending the impressions out to the lab. The lab will fabricate the appliance and send it back to us, at which point we can place the bridge on each tooth using a cement material. The pontic, or false tooth, is attached to either tooth, and will occupy the missing tooth’s space.
How can I best care for my dental crown or bridge?
Daily oral hygiene is incredibly important for the upkeep of your dental bridge, as plaque can accumulate easily along the gum line. Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily is necessary to maintain good dental health. Routine cleaning appointments should be scheduled every six months with us in order for the doctor to ensure the appliance is working as intended.