Dental Crowns & Bridges
The goal of dentistry services at Advanced Dental Treatment Center might seem counterintuitive. We work hard to help patients keep their smiles healthy. That means, you may never need to take advantage of our advanced dentistry procedures. For those patients who do experience tooth decay or dental damage, our team is here to help you repair the lost tooth structure and dental function with a wide range of restorative dentistry services. Two of the most commonly used restorations are dental crowns and bridges. We provide dental crowns and fixed bridges crafted from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. If you need to repair a damaged smile or replace missing teeth, our team is here to help. If you experience tooth decay or damage, don’t wait. Call our Greenfield dental office to schedule a restoration appointment today. We will get started restoring your smile right away.
Can a Porcelain Crown Save My Tooth?
A dental crown is a protective cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its health, function, and appearance. The use of porcelain allows them to look like a real tooth while providing it the security and support your damaged tooth needs to continue to thrive. In as little as two appointments, you will restore the health of the tooth with an option that can last for several years with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene. Unfortunately, there are times when a dental crown may not be enough to save your tooth. If this is the case, it may be in your best interest to have it extracted. If a tooth is removed, it can be replaced with a dental implant supported dental crown or fixed bridge.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
A fixed bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic. Crafted to fill a gap left by one or more consecutive missing teeth, bridges use dental crowns attached to surrounding teeth or dental implants for support. A traditional bridge uses two dental crowns, one on each side, to support a replacement tooth or teeth. An implant supported fixed bridge works much the same way, but is connected to dental implants instead of surrounding teeth.
How are Dental Crowns & Bridges Placed?
Dental crowns and bridges are placed over the course of at least two dental appointments. During the initial visit, we prepare the teeth by removing any damaged tissue. We also need to remove a small amount of enamel around the entire tooth. This allows the crown to fit snuggly over the tooth without changing the natural smile line or causing crowding between teeth. Once your tooth or teeth are prepared, we capture bite impressions. These molds of your tooth will be used by a lab to craft a custom dental crown or bridge. To protect the prepared teeth, we place a temporary. When we receive your final restoration for the lab, you’ll return to our office. The doctor removes the temporary restoration and replaces it with your flawless, custom dental crown or bridge.
Do I Need to Brush & Floss Differently?
For the most part, you can continue your regular oral hygiene routine. To protect your dental restoration, we may recommend you change oral hygiene products. Soft and ultra soft bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes will ensure you do not create excessive wear. You may also want to switch to a waxed floss or use a water flosser to avoid pulling on the restoration.