Dental crowns and bridges are more common than you might think. Millions of Americans opt for crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth. Robert A. Kravecs Jr., DMD, is highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown and bridge questions. Call or schedule an appointment if you think you might need a crown or a bridge. Robert A. Kravecs Jr., DMD, LLC is conveniently located near you in Fairfield, Connecticut.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It is sculpted to the shape of the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.
Dental bridges are sets of prosthetic teeth that “bridge” gaps in your smile. Custom-made, bridges fit snugly inside your mouth, look and function like natural teeth, and improve chewing, speaking, and digestion.
A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant. Bridges, on the other hand, are mainly used to restore your smile if you’re missing teeth.
In addition to making a tooth more aesthetically appealing, a crown can serve a practical purpose by strengthening a natural tooth. Teeth with large fillings and little natural tooth remaining are especially susceptible to breaking, but a crown can prevent this from happening.
A bridge can address lost facial volume as a result of missing teeth. Your jaw is accustomed to supporting a mouthful of teeth. If you lose teeth, your face droops and your appearance suffers. Bridges reverse the effects of this.
Dental crown construction has advanced over the years. Crowns can be fashioned out of many materials, including:
Different materials are used for different purposes. For example, stainless steel is often used to make temporary crowns. It's common for dentists to use prefabricated stainless steel crowns to cap children's baby teeth.
A dental crown or bridge procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. The first visit will include X-rays so that Dr. Kravecs can determine the health of the tooth that needs a crown or assess the gap a bridge will fill.
Next, he will use a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth or multiple teeth and the surrounding tissue. Teeth may need to be filed down or built up so that the crown or bridge will fit properly and securely. After, the dentist takes an impression of your teeth. The impression goes to the dental lab and is used to create your custom appliance. For crowns, Dr. Kravecs creates a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent version can be placed.
At your next appointment, the dentist bonds the crown onto the tooth being treated. Bridges are typically bonded with a special adhesive to surrounding teeth that act as anchors. These anchoring teeth ensure your bridge doesn’t slip or slide in your mouth.
Getting a dental crown or bridge can be a simple, easy process. To find out more, contact Robert A. Kravecs Jr, DMD, LLC, or make an appointment online.