Crowns and Bridges
Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite.
These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. Long term studies have shown that when mantained properly, crown and bridgework have a lifespan of 15-30 years.
How Long Does It Take?
Fitting a crown requires at least two office visits. At the first visit, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, take an impression of your bite and fit the tooth with a temporary crown. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a master dental ceramist to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. It is then sculpted just for you to achieve ideal aesthetics, and so that your bite functions normally once the crown is placed.
On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
What Is The Capability Of A Crown?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases, or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Materials used in these repairs are either high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. The higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred resulting in lost teeth, or teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth that is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause appearance problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.
For more information on the treatments and insurance coverage call us at 413-285-7283.