What Crowns and Bridges Can Do for You
Do you know what dental crowns and bridges are? Constructed from premium ceramic, these dental prosthetics either strengthen and beautify failing teeth or replace missing ones with lifelike and durable pontics (artificial teeth). Expert general dentist, Dr. George Landress, has extensive experience in evaluating his patients for restorations such as crowns and bridges, and at his Danbury, CT, practice, he can help you too!
Do you need a crown?
You may need a dental crown if you have a tooth compromised by abscess, decay, injury, or weak congenital shape. A crown, or cap as it is also called, completely covers a tooth starting at the gum line. A crown looks like the real thing in every way and allows a patient to smile, chew, and speak with confidence.
Dear Doctor magazine indicates that porcelain is today's material of choice, replacing gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal in most cases. An oral exam and digital X-rays reliably confirm the need for a crown when a tooth has multiple fillings, needs root canal therapy or is deeply cracked. Crowns also restore dental implants.
The treatment takes at least two visits to your Danbury, CT, dentist—one for evaluation, impressions, enamel shaping, and the placement of a temporary restoration, and another for the fitting and placement of the permanent crown. Aftercare involves daily flossing and brushing to keep crown margins and gums healthy and of course, six-month check-ups and cleanings with your dentist. Prolong crown life by eating a healthy diet and avoiding teeth clenching and hard foods such as taffy and ice.
Do you need bridgework?
Also known as a fixed partial denture, a dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. Bridges are composed of realistic artificial teeth and secured to adjoining natural teeth via porcelain crowns. The larger your smile gap is, the more crowns you will require.
Dental implants, titanium devices inserted into the jaw, also support bridges. These prosthetics help jaw bone and gums stay strong and healthy because they transfer the pressures of biting and chewing right to the bone, in essence, exercising it.
An examination and X-rays tell Dr. Landress if bridgework is your best tooth replacement option. If it is, he'll prepare the to-be-crowned teeth, take impressions, and send instructions to a nearby dental lab. After wearing a temporary appliance for a week or so, you'll receive your new bridge which the dentist will bond in place with a strong adhesive.
Just like crowns, bridges last for ten years or more if you're diligent about at-home and in-office care.
A complete smile
You can have one with crowns and bridges from Dr. George Landress and his skilled team of professionals. Call our Danbury office today for an appointment to learn more: (203) 743-7608.