Dental Crowns

There are times when a tooth cavity is too large to place a filling, and the tooth needs what is known as a crown or cap. Other situations when a crown is needed are when:

  • A tooth has a large filling that is cracked or the tooth itself is cracked
  • A tooth has been treated with a root canal
  • A tooth is misshapen or too small
  • An implant was placed in the jawbone
  • A tooth is discolored, and whitening or a placing a veneer would not mask the discoloration

 

A crown covers or “caps” the whole tooth and returns the tooth to its normal shape and size and helps strengthen the tooth. Crowns come in a variety of esthetic materials including porcelain, gold, and ceramics. The location of the tooth along with any bite issues are considered when choosing the best material for the crown.

How is the crown made? The tooth is filed down on the top and sides of the tooth after which an impression or digital scan is taken of the tooth. The crown, once made, is permanently cemented on the tooth.

Dental Bridge

A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth or teeth are prepared the same as for a crown. The bridge, once made, is bonded to the teeth on either side of the space. The false tooth or “pontic” appears to emerge naturally from the gum tissue.

To prolong the lifespan of the crown or bridge, daily brushing and flossing along with biannual professional cleanings are essential. There are a variety of hygiene tools such as floss threaders, proxy brushes, waterpiks and water flossers that are useful for keeping the bridge clean.

To prevent the crown or bridge from cracking, it is important to avoid chewing hard foods or ice. And a professional nightguard is recommended for grinders and clenchers.

If you need a dental crown or bridge and have questions, feel free to contact us today.

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