Dental Crowns And Bridges
Every tooth is essential; each tooth works at helping you chew and keep other teeth aligned. If you are missing a tooth on the lower arch, your top teeth will move to fill in space. Therefore, it is vital to take care of your teeth to avoid having to lose a tooth. Crowns not only “cap” or cover the tooth but can help to strengthen a tooth and improve its shape, alignment, and appearance.
Your dentist will recommend a crown for a few reasons. One of the times a dental crown is needed is if the filling in it is extensive and can no longer fill the tooth structure. Large fillings over time will break down and can no longer be strong enough to support chewing and biting. Sometimes the tooth is so severely decayed, once your dentist removes the decay, a filling is no longer a consideration.
Another time a crown is needed is if the tooth is fractured. It is crucial to have the cap completed as a crack in the tooth can quickly lead to such stress on the tooth from biting that your dentist may no longer be able to restore the tooth and lead to the loss of the tooth.
If the tooth required a root canal, a post and core and crown are typically required. A root canal removes an infection. A tooth that has a root canal has had its pulp removed and becomes very weak. A post and core and crown most often are done for strength.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic to match the natural appearance of your teeth or other materials, including acrylic or various metals. A crown typically is done in two visits, but it is important to realize that the dental crown must fit precisely, often requiring another visit or two. The first visit entails removing most of the broken tooth structure and fitting your temporary crown. This temporary crown is designed to last only a few weeks, and sticky candy can take it off as it is fitted only with temporary cement. When your new crown arrives, it will be adjusted so that the margins fit and then be seated with permanent adhesive to hold it in place.
Your dentists at West Morris Dental will guarantee your crown for five years, providing you follow your recommended professional cleanings. A crown that is not maintained by flossing and routine preventative dental care cannot be under our five-year warranty.
A bridge is needed when you have a missing tooth and decide or cannot do a dental implant. It affects the other two teeth next to it, so it is important to discuss with your dentist about the health of the two adjacent teeth. Missing teeth cause your other teeth to shift and limit your ability to bite and chew.
A bridge is a permanent option to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge takes a minimum of three appointments to design. Once a bridge is placed, no one will be able to tell that you had a tooth missing. A bridge must be maintained by flossing and follow your dental team’s recommended cleaning schedule, so decay does not get under the bridge.