Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a protective shield made from porcelain, zirconia or gold materials. Each crown is customized to match the natural size shape and color of your teeth and fit your bite. In most areas porcelain and zirconia are chosen. Before Zirconia, gold was more common to use on the back teeth but the latest zirconia is now stronger then gold. Crowns are commonly recommended when a tooth has had extensive cavities treated by large fillings or a root canal treatment. At a certain tipping point a filling can act as a wedge and crack and break a tooth. Furthermore, sometimes a filling just can’t do an adequate job since there is less tooth remaining and more filling making it more prone to failure. In these cases a crown is recommended to fully protect the tooth from further cracks and breaking. Certain cracks and breaks can’t be fixed and the tooth has to be removed, a sad day when a crown could have prevented the catastrophe.
The first stage in your treatment for a crown is some shaping for the crown to fit around the tooth. Fortunately only 1mm of shaping is needed so the crown can protect your tooth and fit your bite. 3D Digital Video Goop-free Impressions are taken and sent to a laboratory for our master technicians to create. During that time, we will fabricate a temporary crown for you to wear.
Approximately two weeks after the impression, the crown is ready for insertion. The crown will be tried in and any minor custom adjustments made prior to cementing your beautiful crown.
Again a crown may be recommended if:
- The tooth presents with large cavities
- Deteriorated fillings
- Broken or chipped teeth
- The tooth has undergone root canal therapy
While a crown is an easy, long-lasting way to repair tooth damage, eventually it may need to be replaced. Your diet, homecare, saliva, and healthy vs unhealthy bacteria balance are all factors. Over time, leakage of bacteria underneath the crown can take place and a cavity may form. It is a good idea to be proactive to maintain a consistent, healthy smile. To extend the life of your crown be sure to exercise excellent home care and regular check-ups
A bridge is very similar to a crown procedure but is utilized in replacing missing teeth. A bridge is fixed in the mouth and helps prevent the neighboring or opposing teeth from drifting into the missing tooth space. It can also prevent weird bite changes, maintain a balanced bite to chew with and prevent gum and bone problems from tipping over-erupting teeth. A bridge looks and feels like multiple teeth but is really a single piece of porcelain or zirconia that slides over multiple teeth to replace missing teeth in between. In order to have a long lasting bridge, strong teeth on either side of the missing tooth space is needed. We will help you determine if you are a good candidate for a bridge option.
It is imperative that flossing daily underneath the bridge is done to help prevent developing decay. Decay underneath a bridge is the most common reason for bridge failure. Consistent daily home care and professional cleanings can help your bridges and crowns last years.
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