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Depending on your smile concern, a crown or bridge may be all that you need to get your smile back in good shape. One device helps patients who have trouble teeth while the other helps those who have missing teeth. Both of these dental restorations can be installed by a dentist at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY, in a matter of weeks.
Crowns Reinforce Weak Teeth
Bone tissue has the potential to grow back, as does soft gum tissue. But dental enamel, the white hard covering over your teeth, does not. Once it is lost, it cannot be regenerated by the body. This is why dentists often recommend crowns to patients who have soft, damaged, broken, or worn teeth. Crowns reinforce, protect, and beautify. They replace the outer enamel and put a new lease on the life of a troubled tooth. Most dental crowns are constructed using porcelain.
Bridges Close Gaps
A dental bridge connects two teeth located close to each other in the mouth for the purpose of closing a gap in the middle. Bridges are made of two crowns and a false tooth, also called a pontic. Installing a bridge requires your dentist to remove the outer enamel of the adjacent teeth so that they can be fitted with the crowns. The pontic snugly fits over the open area of the gumline, covering the space.
Benefits for Your Smile
Unfortunately, many people don’t fix their teeth because they avoid going to the dentist, possibly due to dental anxiety. If this sounds relatable, your Chatham dentist can ease your fears while providing you with a viable solution. Dental crown and bridge restorations can do wonders for restoring and strengthening your smile so that it isn’t affected by dental diseases. They restore proper function to your teeth and help avoid further damage. Bridges act as space maintainers, preventing changes in smile alignment. Crowns and bridges also have cosmetic advantages—though they are made from synthetic materials, they look very natural.
Dental Devices that Help Your Smile
Crown and bridge restorations have helped numerous dental patients shore up and complete their smiles. Do you think you might benefit from one of these dental devices? Call (518) 392-5231 today to consult with Dr. Domenic Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY.
Teeth that have become weakened, worn down or damaged can be strengthened with dental crowns. It can be painful biting and chewing food when teeth are damaged. Dental crowns completely surround damaged teeth and protect against further damage so that normal biting and chewing functions are restored. In addition to strengthening damaged teeth, dental crowns also conceal a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including discolorations, chips or cracks. At Countryside Dental, Dr. Domenic Riccobono is your dentist in Chatham, NY, for dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns cover damaged teeth like a cap. Once placed, the tooth is completely encapsulated inside the crown and is protected against further damage or deterioration. Dental crowns are often made from a porcelain or ceramic material closely resembling tooth enamel so the crown will look like a natural tooth. Dental crowns are custom made for each patient and are permanently cemented in place once ready for installation so they will not come loose or fall out. Your Chatham, NY, dentist can help you decide if dental crowns are the right option for you.
Strengthening Damaged Teeth
Teeth that are damaged due to injury, decay or daily wear and tear can be strengthened again with dental crowns. For instance, a tooth with severe decay that requires a root canal can be further strengthened by installing a crown on top of the tooth following the root canal. Since dental crowns wrap around the entire tooth, the tooth is completely protected from additional deterioration or damage. Once installed, the dental crown functions as the regular tooth and absorbs the impact of biting, chewing and other normal functions.
Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons, such as concealing cracks, discolorations and other imperfections. One of the most important purposes dental crowns serve, though, is strengthening damaged teeth. By strengthening such teeth, normal tooth functioning is restored. To find out if dental crowns are the right choice for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Riccobono, your Chatham, NY, dentist, by calling Countryside Dental at (518) 392-5231.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
If you have missing or damaged teeth, dental crowns and bridges can work together to give you back your smile. However, understanding these important dental restorations may seem overwhelming. Luckily, your Chatham, NY dentists Drs. Domenic Riccobono and Vicki E. Cohn can help answer your questions and gather the information you need to determine if crowns and bridges are right for you. Find out more with your dentist at Countryside Dental.
What is a crown?
A crown is a cap-like dental restoration which fits over the top of a tooth. Crowns are often used after root canal therapy to stabilize and protect the large filling left behind. However, crowns have other uses, such as restoring the biting surface of a weakened or worn tooth, protecting a damaged tooth, replacing a missing tooth as part of a dental implant, or improving the appearance of a tooth.
What is a bridge?
A bridge replaces a missing tooth. Bridges benefit those who have a gap between two natural, healthy teeth. A permanent bridge uses a dental crown on either side to anchor the bridge into place on top of the two surrounding teeth. Removable bridges use metal clasps to latch onto the surrounding teeth.
Crowns and Bridges in Chatham, NY
The process of creating a crown or bridge is similar. A technician at a dental lab uses a mold taken of your mouth as the basis for the design of your crown or bridge. The technician carves the porcelain restorations specifically for your mouth, ensuring the crown or bridge fits in flawlessly. Your dentist chooses one of many shades of porcelain for your crown or bridge so that it matches your teeth to achieve an even-colored smile.
How do I care for my crown or bridge?
Caring for your dental restorations is easy. Just like with your natural teeth, you should brush twice daily for at least two minutes. Break the mouth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds on each section. Floss at least once a day, using a separate strand of floss for each quadrant of the mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria. Bridges require that you also floss underneath them using special threading dental floss. Your Chatham, NY dentist can help you learn the best way to care for your restorations.
For more information on crowns and bridges in the Chatham, NY area, please contact Dr. Domenic Riccobono, DDS and Dr. Vicki E. Cohn, DDS at Countryside Dental. Call (518) 392-5231 to schedule your consultation for crowns and bridges today!
We’ve been treating one of your decay-prone teeth for some time with one filling after another. Each incident required a little more removal of decayed tooth material until now there isn’t enough structure to support another filling.
We could remove the tooth and replace it with a bridge or a dental implant, both viable restoration options. But keeping the tooth if possible would be more beneficial in the long-run for your gums, bone and remaining teeth. If it still has a healthy and stable root, it’s possible to permanently cover or “cap” the tooth with a life-like crown.
Crowns have been used for decades: the first were mainly composed of metal like gold or silver and later dental porcelain, a ceramic material that could be molded, shaped and oven-fired to resemble a real tooth. The earliest porcelains, though, were brittle, so a hybrid with a metal interior for strength and a fused exterior porcelain layer for appearance came into prominence.
Today, advances in materials have led to all-porcelain crowns strong enough to withstand biting forces. While the metal-porcelain hybrid still account for about 40% of crowns installed annually, the all-porcelain types are steadily growing in popularity.
Regardless of the type, though, the process for fitting any crown is relatively the same. The first step is to reshape the affected tooth so that the future crown will fit over it, followed by an impression mold of the tooth a dental technician will use to form a custom crown. Once the new crown has been prepared, we then permanently bond it to the tooth.
With a crown, you’ll be able to enjoy normal function and have a tooth that looks as healthy and normal as its neighbors. Be aware, though, that your underlying tooth is still subject to decay — so diligent, daily hygiene and regular dental visits are a must. With proper care your newly crowned tooth can continue to serve you and your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”