Plattsburgh Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges can restore a damaged tooth or fill the gaps in a smile left by one or more missing teeth. At True North Dental Group, our doctors perform both treatments over two visits to our office. Are you in need of a dental crown or bridge? Learn more about both below.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Also frequently called a cap, the dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fits securely over a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown can also replace a single missing tooth when retained by a dental implant. Dental crowns can be made out of porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, gold, metal alloys, or all-ceramic. Your dentist will help you understand the benefits of each, and which may be the best choice for your smile.
What Are the Uses for a Dental Crown?
The crown has a number of applications. It can hold together pieces of a broken tooth, restore the strength of a weak or worn tooth, fix tooth decay when there is not enough room for a simple filling, or improve the appearance of cosmetic flaws. The dental crown can enhance or restore the size, shape, color, and overall appearance of any tooth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
The bridge is a set of dental crowns affixed to one another. Side by side, the dental crowns in a bridge can replace one or more teeth in a row using the two surrounding natural teeth as anchors. The dental bridge restores the patient’s ability to bite, chew, and speak with ease. It also prevents the teeth surrounding the gap from drifting out of place and causing orthodontic issues. A traditional fixed bridge is permanent and cannot be removed for cleaning.
Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
In the time between the first and second appointment for your crown or bridge, you will wear a temporary restoration to cover the prepared tooth. Be careful when eating with the crown or bridge, and avoid chewy, sticky, or hard foods altogether. Do not hesitate to get in touch with your dentist if you suspect something has gone wrong with your temporary. A quick adjustment can keep you comfortable and protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready for placement.
Once the permanent restoration has been cemented on, it’s easy to take care of your dental crown or bridge. Just make sure you are performing adequate dental hygiene every day. Brush and floss regularly, concentrating on the area beneath the crown or bridge. Plaque and bacteria buildup can cause gum disease or the decay of the crown or bridge at the gum line. Visit your dentist as recommended for regularly-scheduled visits to keep your teeth, gums, and crown or bridge healthy for years to come.
Your crown or bridge is very stable and resistant to stains, but keeping a few things in mind will help to keep your crown or bridge from cracking. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do with your natural teeth, and avoid chewing on ice or using your teeth to open packages.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about restorative dental care at True North Dental Group, or to schedule an appointment for you or someone you love, please get in touch with our friendly staff today.