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Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges, there are usually three reasons for their placement
Apex Dental Care - Crowns & BridgesWhere a tooth has been so badly damaged by decay or so heavily restored by fillings. When a tooth has been treated endodontically (root canal treatment). These teeth are almost always restored with a cast restoration because they have lost a great deal of tooth structure from fracture, decay, or the drilling process. Crowns & Bridges is the answer.

The third reason a crown might need to be placed is that the tooth needs to be used as an abutment (anchor) for bridge to replace missing teeth. Crowns are made from many different types of materials. If you have any known sensitivity to metals, please let us know prior to treatment. If you would prefer that no metals be used in the construction of the crowns, please let us know. We will discuss your options prior to preparation of the tooth (or teeth).

Bridges: Replacing missing front teeth can obviously improve the appearance of your smile. What most people don’t think about is what happens when a missing back tooth is not replaced. Replacing a back tooth will help you regain your normal ability to chew food and digest it properly. Each time you lose a tooth, you lose about 10% of your ability to chew. When a tooth is lost, the other teeth surrounding the space tend to move into the empty space. This contributes to an increased opportunity for decay and gum disease to begin, along with bite problems and a potential for other dental problems. Missing teeth should always be replaced-the sooner, the better.

Fixed bridges are one of the possibilities that exist for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. Other alternatives are dental implants, Maryland (bonded) bridges, partial coverage bridges, and removable partial prosthodontics.

Advantages of the fixed bridge include proven reliability and longevity. Disadvantages include cost, increased difficulty in proper cleaning by the patient, and occasionally, the necessity of preparing a tooth for an abutment (bridge support), which might not have been previously filled or even damaged.

Maintaining Your Fixed Prosthetics

As is true with your natural teeth and especially with teeth that have been restored with any dental material, you should avoid chewing on excessively hard or sticky foods after the crowns have been cemented. The porcelain material can fracture from the metal substructure under extreme forces. Anything you chew that could break a natural tooth could break a crown!

Be sure to brush and floss daily as instructed. We also advise using a fluoride mouthrinse as part of your daily routine. Please be sure to return for your regular examinations and prophylaxis (cleaning) appointments at the time intervals we suggest.

After observing these types of procedures for many years, we note that the gingiva (gums) can recede from the crown margins and the surrounding tooth structure may become visible. This recession usually takes place over a period of several years and may require restoration replacements with crowns a& bridges or a periodontal plastic surgery procedure to correct it.

We expect that you will receive many years of service from the cast restoration. To know more about Crowns & Bridges Click here

If you have any questions about crowns & bridges, please feel free to ask us.