Crowns and Bridges Broken, damaged tooth repair, no problem Like many things that age, our bodies start to break down. Our gums and teeth are no exception is this rule. Restoring natural teeth that have been decayed, damaged or lost is critical to having a properly, life-long functioning jaw and mouth. Known as restorative dentistry, crowns and bridgework can correct bad bite problems, missing teeth and functional issues. What's a crown exactly? A crown is a great solution if you have considerable damage to your teeth, whether from decay, the effect of a fracture or from a formerly unsuccessful restoration. A crown is a porcelain sheath covering your existing tooth to create a smoother, cleaner look while enhancing its strength and durability. While crowns strengthen and protect your remaining tooth structure, they can also improve the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns applied by cosmetic dentist Dr. Khullar, will restore the appearance of your teeth while also affecting the muscles in your face. A crown will be the same shape and size as your natural tooth. As a result, it will keep your bite and your jaw aligned. Additionally, it will make sure other teeth don’t shift locations or end up taking on a greater share of the biting and chewing work which potentially results in jaw pain and more serious problems. REASONS FOR CROWNS Broken or fractured teeth Cosmetic enhancement Decayed teeth Fractured fillings Large fillings Tooth has a root canal WILL MY CROWN LOOK NATURAL? With such advancements in today's dentistry, crowns looks and function just like your natural teeth. Because crown technology has improved over the years, older, less natural-looking crowns can be substituted with new ones. They are a great option when the damage or decay is so extensive that filling materials cannot make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain but can also be made of stainless steel. Porcelain Crowns Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but, like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile. WHAT DOES GETTING A CROWN INVOLVE? Two appointments is usually what's required for a crown procedure. Your first appointment with Dentalways will include taking quite a few highly precise molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Khullar will use the mold to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks - until your new crown is created by a dental laboratory. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Khullar and his Dentalways team will prepare your tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once this is done, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement while your bite is checked to make sure you're biting properly. Your temporary crown will be removed at your second appointment and your tooth will be cleaned before your new crown is carefully placed to ensure the bite and spacing are accurate. Bridges and what they're about When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of position, leading to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, Dr. Khullar might recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is a grouping of interconnected crowns designed to replace missing teeth and support surrounding teeth. Held in place by two crowns, a bridge can help correct your bite issues, reduce the risk of gum disease and even improve speech. Bridges are durable and effective and can last for over 10 years. How is a bridge constructed? Dr. Khullar will prepare and shape the teeth on each side of the space where the crowns will be placed. Then, we make an mold or impression of the area. The false tooth will be bonded to them, once the crowns are finished. When the bridge is ready, a transitional (or temporary) bridge is fitted and formed in the area. During your next visit (generally about a week later), the transitional bridge is removed and the permanent fixed bridge is placed, adjusted and cemented into place. As soon as the bridgework is permanently cemented, you can start to once again, enjoy your favorite foods with confidence. Bridgework allows you to avoid that sunken-in appearance caused by missing teeth. A bridge stabilizes that area of the dental arch to give you a more youthful appearance, allowing you to smile once more with confidence. Restore your natural teeth Restoring natural teeth that have been decayed, damaged or lost is critical to having a properly, life-long functioning jaw and mouth. Crowns and bridgework can correct bad bite problems, missing teeth and functional issues. You will regain proper function, you'll look younger and you'll have a beautiful, natural smile. Who doesn't want that? Call Dentalways if you have any question and find out how crowns and bridges can help your smile.