Eat What You Love With Dental Crowns and Bridges
- November 25, 2015
George Washington, our first President, may be the most famous person with false teeth in American history.
Now, you may have heard that he wore wooden teeth, but that’s not quite right. Washington’s false teeth were made of ivory and held in place by wires attached to his remaining real teeth.
Throughout human history, we’ve known the importance of replacing our teeth when they fell out or had to be removed. In addition to ivory, we’ve used animal bones, teeth from the deceased, and, more recently, porcelain dental crowns and bridges.
Today’s crowns and bridges are more realistic than ever, restoring the look and the function of real teeth. At Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, we can show you how to get back your natural-looking smiles.
Candidates for crowns and bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are excellent products that provide both cosmetic and restorative benefits to our patients. You may be wondering if crowns or bridges will work for you.
You may also be wondering what a dental crown is. Keep reading to find out.
The crown of your natural teeth is the visible part of your tooth. The root is the part hidden by your gums that anchors your teeth to your jawbone.
Dental crowns and bridges are used to replace the crowns of teeth that have been damaged due to decay or an accident.
If you have tooth decay, our team at Gentle Dental Care can help.
During your initial exam, we will take X-rays to get a closer look at the health of the root of your tooth or teeth and your jawbone. Our goal is to save the healthy parts of your tooth.
Dr. Peltzer uses local anesthetic to numb the area. He then reshapes your decayed or damaged tooth by removing the damaged parts of your crown. When that is complete, we will make an impression of your tooth or teeth.
Using that impression, a laboratory will craft a dental crown or bridge to fit perfectly onto what remains of your tooth. We will place a temporary crown or bridge while we wait for your permanent crown or bridge.
When everything is ready, you will return to our office, and the new dental crown or bridge will be cemented to your teeth. This will hold it firmly in place, which means you will be able to bite into and chew all the foods you love.
You may still be wondering what the difference is between a dental crown and a dental bridge. A dental crown is used to replace one tooth. You may receive more than one crown if you are missing multiple teeth from different parts of your mouth.
A dental bridge is used to replace multiple teeth in the same area of your mouth. A bridge is composed of abutment teeth and pontics.
The abutment teeth are crowns on either end that secure your bridge to healthy teeth. The pontics are the teeth that fill in the open space in your smile.
The great news about dental crowns and bridges is that they look and feel just like real teeth.
Unless someone knows you are coming in for the procedure, he or she may never know that some of your teeth are fake. In fact, you probably know some people who already have crowns and bridges.
Like we said earlier, dental crowns and bridges look like real teeth, and they function as well as real teeth, too.
If you know someone with dentures, you have probably seen those dentures come loose at some point. An adhesive is fine most of the time, but having a dental crown or bridge that is bonded directly to your healthy teeth is more secure.
This means you will have your bite force still intact, which is why you won’t have to give up eating any foods that you love.
You may recall that X-rays are one of the first steps in the process of getting dental crowns or bridges. What happens if we find the root of your tooth cannot be saved?
No worries, we can remove your tooth completely. Then, we can place a dental implant (a titanium screws that replaces the root of your tooth) into your jawbone.
Depending on your needs, we can fit a dental crown or bridge to the end of your implant. These crowns and bridges are just as secure as the ones bonded to teeth. They look the same, too, which means you still appear to have a complete set of natural teeth.
Call us today
If you or someone you know could benefit from a dental crown or bridge, please call us to make an appointment. The staff at Gentle Dental Care in Plainville will be happy to discuss your options.
We will help you find out if dental crowns or bridges or another of our restorative dental services could benefit you.
To make an appointment, either fill out our online form or call 860-479-2397. We look forward to hearing from you.