Crowns and Bridges
There is nothing like damaged or missing teeth to make a person feel self-conscious about their smile. What’s even more worrisome, however, is that if you don’t repair damaged teeth or replace missing ones, you risk negatively impacting your healthy teeth.
Two dental restorations for damaged or missing teeth are dental crowns and bridges. Both are cemented into place permanently, so you will be able to eat, talk, and laugh without feeling self-conscious—and without worry that they will look anything but natural.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, it is imperative that you talk to Dr. Edward Sloyer and Dr. Brian J. Davis at Smile Designs of Long Island to find out your best option for repair or replacement. The health of your entire mouth could be at stake!
Replacing Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Sloyer and Dr. Davis might recommend a bridge to fill in the space that remains. A natural-looking bridge will blend in with your natural teeth, and it will give you back your normal chewing function.
It is important to fill in spaces left by missing teeth to keep the healthy teeth in your mouth from shifting. This may not sound serious, but ultimately, your bite will be affected—as will your ability to chew properly. The loss of more teeth becomes a reality as well. A bridge, which is cemented into place using either your natural teeth or dental crowns affixed to implants, prevents the movement, protecting the rest of your teeth.
Repairing Damaged Teeth with a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are a common restorative procedure that is used to repair a damaged tooth. For example, many people have large fillings in their back molars. Over time, these may begin to fracture. Because there is so little left of the natural tooth structure, replacing the filling isn’t an option. A dental crown is your best bet for repairing the tooth—and preventing further damage.
Other uses for crowns include capping teeth that are worn, oddly shaped, or discolored. In addition, after a root canal is performed, a crown is usually placed on what is left of the tooth structure to strengthen it. As noted, dental crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place.
Getting a Dental Crown
The procedure for getting a dental crown starts with Dr. Sloyer or Dr. Davis taking an x-ray of the area in question to assess the health of the tooth root and jawbone. This will enable them to determine whether or not a crown is needed and if the tooth is healthy enough to support a crown.
When a crown is necessary, the natural tooth that is receiving the crown will be shaped along the top and sides to make room for the restoration. An impression is made of the existing tooth so a crown can be custom made in the lab. You’ll get a temporary crown to wear until your custom crown is finished, usually in a couple of weeks.
When the crown is back from the lab, it will be cemented permanently in place. Your dentist will help you test it to determine whether any adjustments need to be made.
Getting Your Own Custom Treatment Plan
Don’t put off taking care of damaged or missing teeth. Save your remaining teeth by talking to Smile Designs of Long Island about a custom restorative treatment plan.