What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth cap that is placed atop a dental implant or what remains of a natural tooth after a root canal or other procedure. Our crowns are made of beautiful, sturdy porcelain, so they look and feel natural inside your mouth.
Dental crowns help reinforce damaged teeth and prevent the spread of infection. By doing so, your body stays healthier because you have healthy chewing surfaces that prevent any harmful bacteria from making their way into your bloodstream.
Dental Crown Procedure
Porcelain crowns are easily applied over one or two office visits. First, we’ll take a mold of your tooth, so we can construct a crown that fits it perfectly. We’ll then use high-quality porcelain to build a tooth crown that is the same shape, size, color, and luminosity as the surrounding teeth.
Tooth crowns that are placed atop dental implants will still be shaped to fit your unique mouth. These porcelain crowns will sit on top of an abutment to restore your chewing ability.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is, traditionally, a false tooth supported on either side by porcelain crowns, assuming the two abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the missing tooth) are not in need of replacing. There are also implant-supported bridges, which, as their name suggests, are reinforced by a centric dental implant.
Like dental crowns, dental bridges do wonders for the stability of your mouth and can restore full functionality to your jaw.
Dental Bridge Procedure
To install a dental bridge, we first need to make sure that the abutment teeth are the proper size and shape to accommodate it. Some shaping or filing down of the enamel may be required.
Once the abutment teeth have been properly shaped, we’ll take a mold of them, so we can construct a bridge that fits nicely between them. In the meantime, we may fit you with a temporary bridge made of a filling material. This not only helps you feel more comfortable, but it also protects the newly shaped teeth from sustaining any damage.
Once the dental bridge is ready for application, the temporary one will be removed, the underlying teeth cleaned of any debris, and the bridge cemented into place.
For implant-supported bridges, the procedure is similar to a regular dental implant: First, we’ll insert the implant into the jawbone to settle and fuse. Once we’re satisfied with how the jawbone has fused with the implant, we’ll place the bridge.
Restoring Comfort As Well As Function
Dental crowns and bridges are meant to restore the function of your mouth. This restored function means you can be more comfortable as well, but you do not have to wait until the end of the procedure to feel comfortable again.
At Future of Dentistry, we offer a comfort menu; this menu has items like music, beverages, and pillows to help you feel relaxed here. If our comfort menu is not enough, we have sedation dentistry options as well.
Talk to us about any anxiety you are feeling. We have a way to make dental care a soothing experience instead of a dreadful one.
Learn More at Future of Dentistry
These restorative dentistry procedures can make your mouth healthier— leading to a healthier, happier you! To learn more about tooth crowns or dental bridges and how they can improve your smile, give our office a call!