Improving Existing Teeth
If a tooth is damaged or of poor quality, a new ceramic crown is probably the best solution. It sits over-top of the tooth and protects it. In addition to its high esthetic qualities, the function and longevity of the crown is excellent.
Placing a Crown
Step by Step
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first evaluation and makes an impression of the existing crown. The impression is used as the prototype for the new crown.
2: Preparing the old tooth
The natural tooth is given minor preparation or adjustments. A temporary crown is attached.
3: Placing the new crown
A week or so after the first visit, the permanent crown is securely fitted. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
4: End result
The end result is a new tooth that should blend in perfectly with the others. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist.
A bridge is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. It is applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it can be difficult to do these things. Fixed bridges are often a great option to restore your dental health and appearance.
What is involved?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a thin layer of material to allow room for the ends of the bridge to be seated over the natural teeth. After this we will take a 3D scan of the prepared area to send to a specialty lab so they can fabricate a customized bridge for your mouth.
Once we receive the bridge from the lab it is time to cement it in place permanently, but only after we try it in and make sure you are very happy with it!
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Home Care Instructions
After crown and bridge appointments
Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and a scan of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are often placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made.
If a temporary crown or bridge was fabricated, it is important to remember occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary. Instead pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 705-525-4430.