Crown & Bridgework:
Crown and Bridge treatment will restore lost teeth, support remaining teeth and help you maintain optimum dental health.
If you’re faced with tooth loss, crown and bridge treatment may be the right restorative option for you. This long term solution can help prevent the cycle of problems that can occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting of the remaining teeth, decay, periodontal disease and bone loss.
What is a Crown:
A crown is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Used to strengthen, restore, or improve the appearance of your natural tooth, a crown is placed over a tooth in much the same way as a thimble over your finger. In addition to being used to strengthen a tooth to accommodate a bridge, crowns serve many functions. One of the most common is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left in place to support a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
What is a Bridge and why are Crowns involved:
A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as precious metals, porcelain or a combination of porcelain fused to metal. Both appearance and function are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you.
Why is Crown and Bridge treatment necessary:
Losing a permanent tooth can cause many serious problems for your neighboring teeth. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth may begin to shift. The opposing tooth above or below the lost tooth can begin to move up or down in it’s socket, which can accelerate periodontal disease and further break down the bone structure. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.
What are the benefits of Crown and Bridge treatment:
Crown and bridge treatment reverses the negative impact of missing teeth in a variety of ways:
- Restores and maintains the natural bite.
- Prevents unnatural stress on the other teeth.
- Keeps opposing teeth in their proper place.
- Prevents shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth.
- Discourages further dental decay and periodontal disease.
- Enhances your smile speech and chewing function.
How is the treatment performed :
Once we determine that crown and bridge treatment is indicated, a series of appointments will be set for you. It is important for you to keep all of these appointments to avoid any delays in treatment.
At the first appointment, we complete a thorough oral examination, including an evaluation of your dental history. Any necessary x-rays are completed at this time. During the restorative procedure, we first anesthetize the area to be treated. Next we carefully shape the tooth or teeth to be crowned to allow the crown or bridge sufficient space for proper fit and appearance. Finally we make an impression of the area and fit the teeth involved with a temporary crown or bridge to protect them until your next appointment.
At the following appointment, we evaluate the final crown or bridge for proper fit before placing it permanently, making final adjustments if necessary. Other factors we carefully consider at this time include:
• Aesthetics – color matching and proportion.
• Function – chewing and biting accuracy.
• Tissue Compatibility – the contour of the bridge must conform to the surrounding tissue in a natural, healthy position.
What is the best way to care for a crown and bridge:
Care for it as you would any of your other teeth you wish to preserve! Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily, is just as important as ever to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with regular dental appointments. To make the most of your investment, it is important that you follow our recommendations – including making adjustments to your diet.
We recommend avoiding sticky foods like caramels, toffee, gum and crunchy foods like hard candy. And please don’t chew ice cubes!
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have throughout your crown and bridge treatment. During the process we will do everything to ensure your comfort. Our goal is to help you preserve your smile for a lifetime.