Protection and preservation are the core functions of a crown. When the tooth’s structure has been damaged or is on shaky grounds, a well-crafted crown will fit over the tooth, not only restoring its shape and size, but aiding in the elimination of further breaking, chipping, or other compromising conditions. Crowns are also used when a root canal was performed, as the affected tooth will need a tough exterior for support and protection. They look natural and feel comfortable.
What Are The Reasons Why I May Need A Crown?
In general, when the tooth is damaged or decayed, a crown will be the “shield” or “shell” that transforms the tooth back to its more stable structure, allowing for natural chewing and a barrier against future issues that could creep up without this protection in place.
Most commonly, crowns are used in an effort to correct or conclude in the following dental scenarios:
- Chipped/cracked tooth
- Broken/fractured tooth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Post-root canal coverage
- Protection over large fillings
- To build up a small or worn down tooth
What Is The Process For Crown Placement Like?
Crown placement is a two-step process which involves two visits to our office, unless you opt to choose a CEREC®, one-day crown. When you first come in, impressions of the tooth will be taken and sent to the lab that will create the unique crown. While it’s being crafted, we’ll fit you with a temporary crown so the tooth is not exposed. Once your permanent crown is in, you will come back to the office and it will be fixed in place. The result is durable and stable, will feel and look natural, and will last a long time.
How Should I Take Care Of My Crown?
Consider your crown as you would a normal real tooth. Brush and floss as you usually do and remember to come to Advanced Dentistry for your regular appointments for general check-ups and cleanings. You can eat normally.
Why Might I Need A Bridge?
If you’re missing multiple teeth (at least two) in a row, a bridge can be used as a restorative solution to fill the gap. Not only will the bridge replace the missing teeth, but it acts as a support system for the teeth on either side of this gap which may otherwise be compromised or cave in to the empty area. The results reveal a natural-looking smile that’s more beautiful, balanced, and functionally sound.
What’s The Placement Process For Bridges Like?
We will cap the teeth on both sides of the missing gap with dental crowns. These crowns act as anchors to support the bridge. Then the bridge, which is a natural-looking restoration, is fixed to these crowns after it is constructed at the lab, using impressions we’ll take of your mouth, so you’ll return for two (or more, if needed) visits for the entire process to be complete. The bridge is comfortable and convenient, allowing you to speak and eat normally once it’s set.
How Do I Care For My Bridge?
Brush and floss normally, practice good oral hygiene habits, and visit Advanced Dentistry for your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams.