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Find out how these two restorations could be all you need to get your smile back.
Dental problems can happen to anyone, from cracking a tooth while crunching on ice to losing a tooth during an accident or sports injuries. While teeth are pretty durable and strong it doesn’t mean that they also can’t get knocked about and beaten up; however, how you choose to treat the problem is very important. Dental damage of any magnitude should not be ignored. Our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, can tell you how crowns and bridges could breathe new life back into your smile.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is fixed in place over a tooth to restore it after damage. Whether a tooth has been cracked, fractured, broken, or weakened by decay or an infection, there are many reasons our Sudbury cosmetic dentist will cement a custom dental crown over a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to take over the outer structure of the tooth, encasing the natural tooth inside to protect it from further damage or weakness.
Of course, in some cases, a dental crown may also be used to improve the shape, size, or color of a tooth that has severe cosmetic flaws. Dental crowns are also used to support bridges and to cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth.
What is a dental bridge?
Just as the name suggests, this fixed oral prosthetic is designed to replace one or two teeth in a row and to fill the gap with an artificial tooth or teeth (known as a pontic). In order to do this, two dental crowns will be placed over natural teeth that sit on either side of the gap. Then the pontic will be cemented in between the two crowns.
How long do they last?
Of course, the longevity of your restoration really depends on you. Even though crowns and bridges can’t last forever, how you care for your new restorations and your smile are telling to the lifespan of these oral prostheses. If you maintain good oral hygiene and keep your new restoration clean your crown and bridge could last up to 15 years (or even longer).
Millbrook Smiles is dedicated to providing families throughout Sudbury, MA, with the thorough and comprehensive dental care they deserve. Whether you want to find out if crowns and bridges are right for you or you want to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning, turn to us for the care you can trust.
A weakened or broken tooth often means decreased functionality and more difficulty eating or chewing. Unfortunately, it also often means an embarrassing appearance. However, you can restore the look and function of your tooth with dental crowns. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA.
How do I know I need a dental crown?
You may need a dental crown if you have a broken, damaged, or worn down tooth or undergo a dental procedure requiring a large filling. Additionally, dental crowns may improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth or cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns’ main job is to protect a compromised tooth, preventing further damage. A crown fits over the top of and around a tooth, encompassing the entirety of the tooth’s structure above the gum.
How is a crown made?
Creating a traditional dental crown requires the help of a dental laboratory. At the lab, a technician carves each crown out of a block of ceramic. The technician color-matches each crown to a predetermined shade which matches your natural teeth. This ensures your restoration blends into your smile seamlessly.
Dental Crowns in Sudbury, MA
Dental crowns begin with preparing the tooth to receive the crown. This process involves removing enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and molding the tooth into the correct shape to fit inside of the crown. With the tooth prepared, an impression of your mouth gives the dental laboratory a basis off of which to design the crown. This process takes several weeks, requiring a second dental appointment once it is completed. A temporary crown protects your tooth during this time. Your second appointment involves removing the temporary crown and replacing it with its final version.
The best way to know for sure if a dental crown is best for you is to consult with your dentist at a regular dental checkup. For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. Call (978) 443-5500 to speak with a knowledgeable and friendly associate about scheduling your dental examination and cleaning today!