When it is necessary to rebuild the physical structure of a damaged tooth to improve its appearance or increase its strength, we often recommend a dental crown.
A dental crown is designed to look like a natural tooth as it is placed on top of any tooth that requires a full restoration. Like a cap, the dental crown covers all visible portions of the tooth and fits right down to the gumline for maximum coverage. Crowns can be made from different materials to suit the individual needs of each patient, including porcelain, metal, or various combinations of porcelain and metal.
The Crown Procedure
The first stage of the dental crown process begins with the reshaping and adjusting of the tooth. Impressions will be taken of the reshaped tooth to serve as a 3-D blueprint for the permanent crown that will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. While the lab work is in progress, your tooth will be fitted with a temporary crown. When the completed crown has been approved by your dentist, the temporary crown will be discarded and replaced with the permanent crown. The permanent crown will be seated, adjusted, and cemented into place.
Custom Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a permanent or “fixed” series of crowns that are joined together to extend across the void of a missing tooth. The bridge may be supported by 2 or more natural teeth or a number of dental implants. There are functional advantages to be gained from replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge. Bridges can improve your chewing and speaking as well as prevent the shifting of your bite which can lead to advancing jaw joint complications. There are also several cosmetic advantages offered by dental bridges such as the elimination of gaps and shifting teeth which are the common result of tooth loss.
The Bridge Procedure
The teeth that will support the bridge on either side of the missing tooth will need to be reshaped and reduced in size so that the crowns on each end of the bridge can slide over them, essentially capping them. Similar to the steps required for a single crown, dental impressions will be taken to serve as the mold for your permanent bridge, followed by a temporary bridge, and the seating of your permanent bridge.
Now Is the Time
Contact our Woburn office today to schedule a consultation so that we may discuss the possibility of improving your oral health with dental crowns and bridges.