Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and other issues. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover the structure of your teeth. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist with the following process:
- You will be give an local anesthetic and the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so the crown can fit over it
- An impression will be taken of the tooth and the surrounding teeth, then sent to a dental lab
- You’ll be fitted with a temporary tooth while your crown is made
- After 2-3 weeks your crown will be ready and you’ll come in for another appointment
- Your temporary crown will be removed and you’ll be fitted for the new crown
- A third visit may be necessary to make adjustments to your permanent crown
Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Different from cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry aims to restore functions and security in your smile. While cosmetic dentistry focuses on aesthetics, restorative procedures focus on long-term oral health. It’s easy to focus solely on aesthetics, but utilizing restorative dentistry is your best solution for maintaining aesthetics for years to come.
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks like a natural tooth.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to create a bridge across the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The general process is as follows:
- Create abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached
- Recontour the existing teeth to provide the base for the bridge
- Take an impression of the area and send to a dental lab
- The lab uses the mold to create the bridge to perfectly fit your mouth
- At your follow up appointment we will “seat” the bridge using an adhesive to make sure the bridge is set
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues!
Dental Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, a LED light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.