Rebuild Your Smile with Crowns and Bridges
These two restorations may be the right way to restore your damaged or missing teeth.
If you are dealing with dental damage of any kind, from fractures to full-on missing teeth then it’s time to read further to find out how our Chatham, NY, dentist Dr. Domenic Riccobono can help. After all, many people face dental injuries and problems at some point during their lifetime, and it’s important to understand more about crowns and bridges and whether they could repair your smile.
How Dental Crowns Work
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a natural tooth in order to stabilize and support the structure after it’s been damaged. Crowns are artificial structures that are cemented permanently into place and sit above the gum line. Crowns will provide a perfect fit around the existing tooth, as each crown is custom-made by a dental laboratory.
The dental lab will use molds of your teeth, which our Chatham, NY, general dentist will take during your office visit. Once your crown is complete, you will come back into the office so that we can check the look and fit before cementing it into place.
A dental crown can be used to support, strengthen and restore functionality back into a tooth that is:
- Cracked, fractured or broken
- Severely decayed
- Too weak to support itself (due to repeated dental procedures or a large dental filling that can no longer support the tooth’s structure)
- Is discolored or misshapen (to improve the overall appearance of the tooth)
Crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant or support a dental bridge to help patients replace one or more missing teeth.
How Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic that is used to bridge the gap and fill it with natural-looking false teeth. A bridge is a great option for patients missing one or more teeth in a row. In order to secure a bridge into place, we will first need to make sure that the natural teeth surrounding the gap or gaps are strong enough to support a dental crown, which will hold the bridge into place.
Once our dentist has prepared the tooth by shaving it down to make room for the crown, we will place the permanent crown over the teeth, which will then support the false teeth in the middle to give you a full smile again.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges in Chatham, NY? Want to find out if your smile could benefit from either of these restorations? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Countryside Dental.