It has always been the goal of dentistry to try to preserve natural teeth.
Today people are keeping their teeth longer. Finances permitting, most patients will choose to have their decayed teeth restored rather than removed.
Almost all restorations of teeth are caused by tooth decay or dental trauma, both of which result in loss of healthy tooth structure. As the decay progresses, more and more of the healthy tooth is lost. Over time the tooth may become too weak to support yet another filling. Then your dentist must decide what can be done to restore the tooth in order to make it stronger and healthier.
Beautiful Porcelain Crowns
A crown is recommended for anyone who has a tooth that is beyond repair with a filling, inlay or onlay.
A restoration that covers the entire part of the tooth above the gum line, most crowns are made of tooth-colored ceramic materials, which are shaped to look and function just like normal, healthy teeth
A bridge is recommended for anyone who has a tooth missing. Like crowns, bridges are being used less often, as implants are becoming a very popular means of replacing one or more lost teeth. However, for your particular situation, a crown or a bridge may be the best and most cost efficient method of getting back a functional, attractive smile after tooth damage.
The procedures for making and fitting a crown or a bridge are very similar. Both require two trips to the dentist’s office.
During the first trip, the tooth or teeth that will be crowned will be prepared to support the crown structure. The reduction process leaves a thimble shape that will receive the crown or crown ends of the bridge.
An impression is made of the reduced teeth and a temporary crown or bridge is put in place to function while the final bridge or crown is being made. The laboratory uses the impression to custom make the final restoration. During the second trip, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, the area is cleaned, and the final crown or bridge is cemented or bonded into place.
Bridgework involves crowning teeth on either side of a gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The support teeth are attached to additional crowns in between, which replace the missing teeth.
Good Home Care & Proper Maintenance
Even with its permanent crown, the tooth is still subject to tooth decay and must be cared for with daily brushing and flossing. Be sure to maintain your regular schedule of professional dental cleanings. Bridges can be great traps for food, so it’s also important to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.
A Long Life
With care, crowns and bridges last five to 15 years, some significantly longer.
Fortunately, there are many options today to replace missing teeth that can be used alone or in combination. To know which tooth replacement method is ideal for your individual situation, please consult Dr. Braverman.
VIDEO – What is a Dental Bridge?