Crowns and Bridges
As hard as we try to protect our teeth, accidents happen. Even when we are careful, a tooth can become worn down or cracked through a number of means. While a damaged or chipped tooth can be discouraging, Miamisburg Family Dental offers quick, natural-looking crowns and bridges to restore your smile. Dr. Almoney and Dr. Brown have helped many patients recover their smile with a gentle, informative approach to their dentistry.
Don’t let tooth damage prevent you from having a full, beautiful smile! If you’re in need of detailed, careful restorative dentistry, Miamisburg Family Dental is here to help with bridges and crowns.
Crowns are placed on top of damaged or worn teeth to prevent further decay and protect tooth integrity. The crown covers the enamel and dentin, ‘capping’ the tooth and shielding it from bacteria or food residue.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. While metal crowns are still used, most dental practices, like Miamisburg Family Dental, offer porcelain or ceramic crowns. These are recommended as they will never darken like metal crowns, and match the color and appearance of a regular tooth.
Porcelain crowns are popular due to their durability and resistance to almost all bacteria or acidity. If a crown is well-maintained and properly cleaned, it can last well over a decade.
Another benefit of crowns is that they restore full functionality to the tooth. While you should still be careful with the crown, it will not impede eating, drinking, or speaking. Cleaning is also not an issue, you can clean a crown just like a natural tooth, with brushing twice a day. To prevent plaque and food debris from weakening the crown, flossing is important on the area around the crown.
Crowns are a highly recommended solution to protecting a damaged tooth. In cases where there is more than one affected tooth, Miamisburg Family Dental suggests bridges as a more sustainable alternative.
With greater tooth loss or more extensive decay, bridges are an effective solution. This small, custom-made appliance covers the entire area left exposed by tooth loss, not just a single tooth. It remains secure by bonding the replacement crowns with the bordering teeth to create a stronger, durable fit.
After the affected teeth have been prepared, the bridges⎼which are made of multiple crowns⎼can restore the natural arch of the smile and return a healthy occlusion to your teeth. As the bridge is also made of ceramic or porcelain, it is virtually unnoticeable and can perform all the same tasks as your regular teeth.
Both crowns and bridges are suitable for the majority of our patients and can be applied in many instances of tooth decay or damage. To accommodate different types of tooth loss, there are a variety of bridges that adjust alignment and shape:
Classic bridges: This is the most commonly used form of bridges. The adjoining crowns are secured on the abutted area of the damaged tooth and fastened in place using the adjacent healthy teeth.
Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges only function on teeth where classic bridges cannot, such as a damaged tooth with only one single adjacent tooth. This puts additional strain on the abutment and healthy tooth, so it is not recommended for all situations.
Maryland bridges: Maryland bridges use ‘wings’ to bond the porcelain tooth in place. The wing is a metal frame that is attached to adjacent teeth and, in some cases, is removable. Due to the metal frame, the wings do not need to be connected on both sides.
The simple design of crowns and bridges allows them to be placed quickly. For most of our patients, Dr. Brown and Dr. Almoney can place the crowns and bridges in two brief appointments.
At the first appointment, our dentists will begin shaping and recontouring the damaged teeth to easily support the crowns. This involves slightly trimming the tooth and, in the case of a bridge, preparing the adjacent teeth to sustain the crowns.
The trimming is minimal and will not damage the integrity of the tooth. Due to the local anesthesia, pain is uncommon and generally only applicable for those with hypersensitive teeth. During this part of the procedure, scans will be taken to help craft a perfect crown.
Once the scans are ready, they are immediately sent to a lab. This is where the crown and bridge will be created. Each is custom-made to fit your mouth and mimic the natural shape of your tooth.
It will take between 7 to 10 days for the crowns to be created. During this time a temporary bridge or crown is placed so that your recontoured teeth are protected.
When the crowns and bridges are complete. Miamisburg Family Dental will schedule your second appointment. Here you’ll have the custom crowns permanently adhered to your teeth. As this is occurring, our dentists will be adjusting and carefully placing the crown so that the fit is perfect and natural-looking.
That’s all it takes! Two short appointments and almost no pain to restore your smile to 100%.
Have any more questions about Bridges and Crowns? Call Miamisburg Family Dental today!
If you are in need of restorative dentistry, our staff is happy to provide you with excellent patient-support and experienced dental care. We are always available to schedule a consultation and work with you to decide the best way to return you to a perfect smile.
Contact us at (937) 866-5501 or make an appointment online. Let us help you make the right decision for your oral health. Start rebuilding your smile today with crowns & bridges!