With a crown, you can repair damaged teeth. And with a dental bridge, you can replace one or more missing teeth. Get in touch today, and explore your options for smile restoration at Paragon Dental.
A dental crown is a hollow false tooth that’s made of ceramic porcelain material. Crowns cover up your entire tooth all the way down to the gum line, replacing and protecting your natural tooth. They are typically used to treat damaged, decayed, or otherwise compromised teeth.
Dental bridges are a related procedure. They use two dental crowns to support one or more false teeth (pontics). These two dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Then, the false tooth “bridges” the gap, restoring the natural appearance and function of your smile. Call (732) 630-0021 to learn more!
In the past, dental crowns were made of gold and other metals. Today, tooth-colored porcelain crowns are available that mimic the appearance of natural teeth perfectly.
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Dental crowns help protect treated teeth from further damage, and bridges can prevent common oral health issues related to tooth loss, such as other teeth shifting toward now-empty sockets.
Both crowns and bridges are made from tooth-like ceramic materials, which means they will look, function, and feel just like “real” teeth once they're in place. You can eat, smile, and speak normally.
Crowns and bridges are usually covered by dental insurance up to applicable limits. This makes them a relatively affordable way to repair damaged teeth or restore missing teeth.
To begin the process, Middletown dentist Dr. Danielle Indelicato will clean the treatment area and numb your mouth. Then, she will gently trim away some enamel from each tooth that’s getting a crown or a bridge. This removes any decayed or damaged material, exposes fresh enamel, and ensures your prosthetic won’t add any bulk to your teeth.
Once your teeth have been trimmed, Dr. Indelicato will take impressions and images of them. She will work with a dental lab to build a crown or bridge based on these measurements. You’ll be sent home with a temporary crown or a temporary dental bridge to protect your teeth.
It usually takes about two weeks for your crown or bridge to be built and sent back to our office. Once it’s ready, you’ll come to Paragon Dental for your final appointment. Dr. Indelicato will remove your temporaries, clean and prepare your teeth, then attach your permanent crown or bridge. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.
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For the most part, you can clean your dental bridge in the same way that you’d clean your natural teeth. Make sure that you brush at least twice per day and floss once per day to keep your bridge and your natural teeth healthy.
However, you must take special steps to clean below your bridge, in the area where your bridge meets your gums. You can use floss tape, a water flosser, or an interdental brush to clean this area. Cleaning this area is important. If you don’t clean it regularly, the accumulation of plaque, tartar, and food debris can lead to infections and other complications.
Dental crowns usually last somewhere between 10-20 years or longer with proper care. Bridges tend to have a shorter lifespan of between 5-15 years. As part of your regular six-month checkup at Paragon Dental, Dr. Indelicato will check on your crowns and bridges and make sure they're in great shape.