Your teeth play such an important role in how you speak and chew, while serving as the “foundation” of your facial structure.
Tooth loss can occur at any age for many reasons. When you lose your teeth, is important to replace them to ensure proper function of your mouth. We may recommend a dental crown or bridge as a treatment option, depending on your health needs.
- A dental crown is a ceramic tooth that is fabricated to fit over top of an existing tooth.
- A dental bridge is very much what it sounds like. It is made up of two or more crowns to “bridge” a gap between teeth. The bridge is usually supported or anchored by your natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges are a less invasive way of replacing teeth than dentures. And, they are a great way to create a beautiful smile by filling in empty spaces caused by a missing tooth.
The dental crown procedure at The Grove City Center for Dentistry
In preparation for your crown, Dr. Simone and Dr. Lowe will remove any decay from the affected tooth, and then gently shape the enamel for a smooth look and feel. We take accurate impressions of the tooth and the surrounding oral structures to ensure a precise fit for the crown that will be placed on top of the tooth. Then, they will place a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it while you wait for your permanent tooth to be fabricated.
At your next appointment, Dr. Simone or Dr. Lowe will place the new, fabricated tooth (your crown) over top of your tooth. They will check it for fit, make any adjustments if needed, and then bond the crown in place.
The dental bridge procedure at The Grove City Center for Dentistry
Creating a dental bridge also will take a few visits to our office. Dr. Simone or Dr. Lowe will prepare your teeth for a bridge just like they would for a crown (see above). We will create a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is being fabricated.
During the next visit to The Grove City Center for Dentistry, we will fit the permanent bridge to your anchor teeth. Dr. Simone or Dr. Lowe will assess the bridge to ensure you have a proper bite and make any adjustments if necessary.
How do I care for my dental crown or bridge?
We want to give you every advantage in maintaining healthy oral care. Your porcelain crown and bridge function just like your natural teeth, so you should care for them the same way. We recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day, preferably at night.
And, keep in mind that the original tooth structure beneath the crown can still suffer from tooth decay. We recommend regular dental exams and cleanings at The Grove City Center for Dentistry to help keep your crown or bridge healthy for years to come.
If you have additional questions about Dental Crowns or Dental Bridges contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-945-4591. Feel free to use our online contact form below, or even click to schedule a consultation online.