Crowns & Bridges
Are you suffering from missing, damaged, or decaying teeth? Oradent Associates is happy to offer crown and bridge services that will provide you with permanent relief. These comfortable, natural-looking devices will strengthen your bite and restore your smile.
What are Crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that fit over individual teeth, strengthening them and preventing further damage. Crowns can be utilized for a number of restorative purposes, such as:
- Filling replacement
- Fractured tooth repair
- Cover for dental implants
- Protection for damaged/weakened teeth
- Structure for poorly shaped/discolored teeth
- Restoration of teeth after root canal treatment
- Securing bridges in place
Crowns also greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Often made from ceramic or porcelain, they have the appearance of natural, healthy teeth so you can be confident in your smile after the treatment.
The Process of Getting Crowns
Getting crowns will require more than one visit to our Lincolnwood dental office to complete the process. We will first likely need to reshape your tooth in order for it to fit the crown. Then, after taking an impression of your mouth, we will send your mold to a dental laboratory where they will make a custom crown made specifically for you. We will place a temporary crown over your tooth while you await your permanent device. Once your crown arrives, you will return to our office to have the permanent fixture cemented into place, using a local anesthetic.
What are Bridges?
Bridges are a set of prosthetic teeth that span across a gap of missing teeth in your bite. The device is secured to your natural teeth using crowns—each crown is attached to adjacent teeth on both sides of the bridge. Bridges are quite important, as they prevent your surrounding teeth from shifting to close the gap in your bite. You’ll also find that bridges make a few other improvements, such as:
- Providing structure for surrounding teeth
- Reducing pain in the jaw (caused by uneven bite)
- Improving your speech
- Recovering chewing mechanisms
With these natural-looking prosthetic teeth, your smile will look renewed. Bridges greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile as well as its structure. And the best part is, they will last you for ten years or longer!
How to Get Your Bridge
Because your bridge will be held in place by crowns on either side of the device, you will first need to go through the abovementioned process to have your adjacent teeth fitted for crowns. We will shape the teeth, take impressions of your mouth, and provide you with a temporary bridge while you await your device. In your following appointment, we will put your crowns and bridge in place. You will have time to go home and get comfortable with the device before coming into the office again, where your bridge will be fastened permanently.
Want to learn more about crowns and bridges? Looking to determine if either of these options is the right solution for your oral health issues? Call Oradent Associates today to schedule your consultation!