Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are common restorative dental treatments used to repair and enhance the function and appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over damaged or weakened teeth to restore their shape, strength, and aesthetics. They are custom-made to match the color and contour of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking result. Crowns can protect a weak tooth from further damage, restore a broken or severely decayed tooth, cover a dental implant, or anchor a dental bridge.

Dental bridges, on the other hand, are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) held in place by dental crowns secured onto adjacent healthy teeth. Bridges not only restore the appearance and alignment of the smile but also prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the empty space, leading to bite problems and gum disease. Dental bridges offer a fixed and reliable solution for replacing missing teeth, allowing for improved chewing and speaking abilities and a boost in self-confidence.

The Procedure for Dental Crowns

The dental crown procedure typically involves two separate visits to our dentist in Carmel, IN. During the first visit, the dentist will assess the tooth that needs a crown and prepare it for the crown placement. This involves numbing the area with local anesthesia, shaping the tooth to create space for the crown, and removing any decay or damaged portions.

An impression of the prepared tooth is then taken to create a custom-made crown that fits perfectly. A temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth until the final crown is ready.

During the second visit, usually a few weeks later, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is carefully fitted and adjusted for the perfect fit and bite. Our dentist at Really Smile will check the crown's color, shape, and fit before permanently cementing it into place.

Once placed, the dental crown functions like a natural tooth, restoring its strength, shape, and appearance. Regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups, are essential to maintain the longevity and health of the crown.

Types of Dental Crowns

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are popular due to their natural appearance and ability to match the color of natural teeth closely. They are a suitable option for front and back teeth.

Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic crowns are also tooth-colored and provide excellent aesthetics. They are a great option for patients with metal allergies. However, they may be weaker than other types of crowns.

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns, typically made from gold, provide exceptional strength and durability. They are known for their longevity and ability to withstand chewing forces. However, their metallic appearance may not be desirable for front teeth.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns

PFM crowns combine the strength of a metal substructure with a porcelain layer on the outer surface for a natural appearance. They offer durability and aesthetics, making them suitable for front and back teeth.

The Procedure for Dental Bridges

The procedure for dental bridges typically involves several steps. First, the dentist prepares the abutment teeth by removing a portion of enamel to make room for the crown. Next, teeth impressions are taken to create a custom bridge in a dental laboratory. While the permanent bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums.

Once the permanent bridge is ready, the dentist checks the fit and makes any necessary adjustments before cementing it. This procedure effectively fills the gap created by missing teeth, restoring the patient's smile, bite, and oral health. Contact us today to learn more!

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Fixed Bridges

The traditional fixed bridge is the most common dental bridge in Carmel, IN. It consists of a false tooth called a pontic, which is anchored in place by dental crowns placed on the adjacent teeth on each side of the gap. The crowns act as abutments, providing support and stability for the pontic. This type of bridge is durable and strong and is a suitable option for replacing one or more missing teeth.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are used when only one healthy tooth is available next to the gap. Unlike traditional bridges with two abutment teeth, cantilever bridges are anchored to just one abutment tooth. The pontic is attached to the single abutment tooth, providing support and stability. However, it's important to note that this type of bridge is not recommended for areas of the mouth with excessive bite forces, as it can create unnecessary strain on the supporting tooth.

Maryland Bonded Bridges

Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges are commonly used to replace front teeth. The bridge consists of a metal or porcelain framework with wings on each side. These wings are bonded to the back surfaces of the adjacent teeth with resin cement, eliminating the need for crowns on the adjacent teeth.

Maryland bridges are a more conservative option, as they require minimal preparation of the adjacent teeth. However, they may not be as strong or durable as traditional fixed bridges.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are a highly stable and long-lasting option for replacing multiple missing teeth. This type of bridge is secured in place by dental implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. The implants act as artificial tooth roots, providing a strong foundation for the bridge.

Implant-supported bridges offer excellent stability, function, and aesthetics, giving you a natural-looking smile. However, this option requires a healthy jawbone and may involve a more extensive treatment.

If you need dental crowns or bridges, visit Really Smile at 3003 East 98th St. Ste. 241, Carmel, IN 46280, or call (317) 841-9623 to determine the most suitable option for your specific dental needs. Whether protecting and restoring a damaged tooth with a crown or replacing missing teeth with a bridge, these restorative treatments can significantly improve your oral health and smile.

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