Crowns and Bridges
Dentist in Addison
Crowns and Bridges are cosmetic solutions that help restore your tooth functionality and appearance. They are permanent devices that are attached to existing teeth and can only be removed by the dentist.
A crown is a dental restoration used to cover and protect a tooth. It strengthens the structure of the tooth usually following a restorative procedure, such as a root canal. A crown can also strengthen a cracked, chipped or weakened tooth. Crowns are generally made of porcelain or a combination of materials and are created made to match the color of your natural teeth for beautiful, natural results.
Crowns are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.
Dental bridges are custom-made restorations to replace one or more missing teeth, restore the natural contour of teeth and produce a proper bite between your upper and lower teeth. It’s important to replace missing teeth to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth.
A dental bridge consists of two or more fabricated teeth that are secured by crowns on surrounding teeth. Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth for beautiful results. They are generally made of porcelain, gold alloys, or a combination of materials. There are a variety of fixed bridges such as conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Other types of bridges include removable bridges and implant bridges. For more information on the types of bridges or to find out if a bridge is the ideal solution for your missing tooth or teeth, please contact us.
The placement of a crown or bridge generally takes a 2-3 appointments. While your custom restoration is being made, you will be given a temporary crown or bridge to protect the tooth. Once the custom crown is created, you would then be required to come back to the office so that the crown can be permanently placed.
Caring for Your Crown
Your crown can last many years with proper care. Brushing and flossing daily is very important, as plaque and debris tend to collect around the restorative area. Also, grinding or clenching can damage the crown, so be sure to consult your dentist if you experience any of these behaviors. Lastly, eating hard, sticky or brittle foods can also shorten the life span of the crown so be cautious of the types of foods you eat.
Dr. Mijewski is very experienced in providing beautiful, well-fitting crowns and bridges. Please be sure to contact us with any questions or to set up an appointment.