Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental Crowns & Dental Bridge From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
If you are having damaged or missing teeth, and exploring for replacements, Gentle Dental Care can provide solutions with dental crowns and dental bridges in Plainville, CT.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, at and above the gumline. It is used to restore the size, shape, strength, and appearance of a tooth. Dr. Peltzer, a restorative dentist in CT, can make dental crowns of porcelain, zirconium, durable e.max, or a combination of materials.
Dental crowns are needed:
- To cover a dental implant
- To protect and strengthen a tooth after a root canal
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking
- To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- To cover oddly shaped or severely discolored teeth
- To cosmetically improve the appearance of a tooth
The Dental Crown Process
Preparing a tooth for a crown and placing the crown requires two appointments:
- Examine the tooth and X-rays to ensure the root and surrounding bone structure are sound.
- Dr. Peltzer will numb the area with a local anesthetic.
- The sides and chewing surface of the tooth are filed down to make room for the crown.
- An impression is made of the reshaped tooth, including the teeth above or below the tooth.
- The impression is sent to a lab where they manufacture your custom crown.
- A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth until your next appointment.
- Your temporary crown is removed.
- The new crown is checked for size, shape, and color.
- Your new crown is placed over your tooth and cemented into place.
If your damage is too extensive for a filling but you do not want to compromise the structure of your tooth with a crown, Dr. Peltzer may recommend an inlay or onlay. These custom restorations, made of tooth-colored composite, cover and protect the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
What is a dental bridge? A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that literally bridges the gap created by one or more lost or extracted teeth.
Components of a Bridge
- Abutment Teeth – the supporting, or anchor, teeth on either side of the gap. They are either natural teeth covered with crowns, or dental implants.
- Pontics – the false replacement teeth that fill in the gap. They are attached on either side to the abutment teeth.
Types of Bridges
- Removable Bridge
- Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge
The Dental Bridge Process
Making and placing a dental bridge procedure requires two appointments:
- The abutment teeth are recontoured to prepare for the crowns. This is not necessary for an implant-supported bridge, which is held in place by implants instead of abutment teeth.
- Impressions of the teeth are made for models to send to the dental lab, which will use it to make the custom bridge.
- A temporary bridge will be placed.
- Your temporary bridge is removed.
- Your new bridge will be checked, adjusted, and placed.
- If you are getting a fixed bridge, you may have it placed with a temporary adhesive for several weeks to make sure the fit is correct before cementing it into place.
Make an Appointment
If you have damaged or missing teeth and are exploring your tooth replacement options, make an appointment with our Plainville, CT dentist Dr. Thomas Peltzer at Gentle Dental Care to see if dental crowns or dental bridges are a solution for you. Use our online form or 860-479-2397.
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