Posts for tag: crowns
Weakened or damaged teeth can take a toll on your smile and lead to much more complex issues. Luckily, crowns and bridges give you the opportunity to take your smile back by strengthening your teeth and filling in your gaps. Learn about how these dental restorations can work together to restore your smile with help from your Rio Grande, NJ dentis,t Dr. William Panico.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped dental restorations which have many uses. Before placing a dental crown, your dentist must prepare the tooth by shaving small amounts of enamel from the top and sides of the tooth. This shapes the tooth into the correct form to fit inside of the crown and ensures a strong and secure bond between your tooth and its restoration. Dentists use crowns in many situations, including:
- to strengthen a damaged tooth
- to stabilize a tooth with a large filling or after root canal therapy
- to improve the appearance of a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
- to complete a dental implant
- to restore the biting surface of a worn tooth
What are bridges?
Dental bridges fill the gap left behind by a missing tooth. The restoration itself usually consists of three prosthetic teeth in a row. The bridge has a dental crown on either end which secures it into place using the surrounding natural teeth. A removable bridge uses metal clasps to attach itself to the surrounding teeth in place of dental crowns. Missing teeth have several side effects which a bridge reduces the risk of.
Crowns and Bridges in Rio Grande, NJ
Crowns and permanent bridges have similar procedures. In both cases, your dentist must prepare the tooth to receive the crown by forming it into the correct shape. A temporary crown protects the tooth or teeth while the dental laboratory creates and customizes the restoration itself. A second appointment to place the crown or bridge onto the teeth completes the process.
Crowns and bridges can work together to take care of several dental issues at once. Consult with your dentist to determine if crowns or bridges are a good choice for you and your smile. For more information on dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Panico in Rio Grande, NJ. Call (609) 886-2277 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”