Good oral health is important to preserve teeth. If you have missing or damaged teeth it is important to correct this and protect your remaining teeth.
When you have missing teeth, your remaining teeth may loosen or lead to tooth loss. Crowns and bridges are a good solution to fill the gaps not only for appearance but restoring your mouth to a healthy state.
A crown or crowns may be prescribed by a dentist if you have worn, cracked or broken teeth or after dental treatments such as a large filling or root canal. Crowns also may cover dental implants or help to hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic dental device in place. Crowns can also cover discolored or misshapen teeth. There are porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and full-metal crowns. Your dentist will recommend the best crown available for you.
After your tooth or dental implant has been prepared and shaped for a crown a material like putty is used to make impression of your prepared teeth. Your crown is then created based on this impression for a precise fit. You will be given a temporary crown to protect your tooth/implant and gums until your permanent crown has been made. On the second office visit, a dentist will bond your permanent crown to your tooth or dental implant.
Removable and fixed bridges are available. Both bridges are anchored into place by abutments (natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap caused by missing teeth).
A removable bridge is removed at bedtime and the wearer can detach it for daily cleaning. This option is prescribed if the teeth adjacent to the gap are weak, multiple missing teeth, or no posterior teeth to provide an anchor for the bridge.
A fixed bridge provides a better option if possible because it is permanently anchored to abutments by use of bonding or a crown this provides better stability. Only a dentist or specialist can remove it.
A dentist will first thoroughly exam your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure and discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have. A local anesthetic is applied so the dentist can prepare the abutments, if they are decayed or broken it may need to be corrected with a crown first. A material like putty is used to make an impression of your prepared teeth. Your bridge will now be ready to be made for a precise fit based on this impression. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge while waiting for your permanent or removable bridge. On your next visit the dentist will attach your bridge.
Protect your teeth. If you feel you may need a crown or bridge, we can examine your teeth for your best treatment options.