Crowns And Bridges

Sonrisas Sanas Dental

Dentists located in Elmhurst, New York, NY

Crowns and bridges are great options for repairing and replacing your teeth to restore your smile. Our team at Sonrisas Sanas Dental in New York City are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful natural-looking smile by using crowns and bridges made to meet your needs. To learn more about how crowns and bridges can help make the most of your smile, schedule a consultation today. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply contact the office by phone to book your appointment.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

Sonrisas Sanas Dental

What are dental crowns?

Crowns are artificial “caps” that completely cover a cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth. There are many different types suited to best meet your functional and cosmetics needs. We take into account each patient’s chewing habits, surrounding teeth, anatomy and smile to prepare and design a crown that best repairs the underlying tooth.

Crowns can be used to help:

  • Protect a tooth weakened by decay
  • Replace a large filling
  • Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Prevent a cracked tooth from fracturing
  • Strengthen a worn down tooth
  • Protect a tooth that had a root canal

 

Crowns are also the visible portions of dental implants.

What’s the process for getting a crown?

 

It takes at least two appointments to get your new crown. During the initial visit, the Sonrisas Sanas Dental team completes a thorough dental exam, including any necessary imaging including x-rays and pictures.

Your dentist then removes a small portion of your enamel (the top layer of a tooth) to make room for your crown to fit properly. In some cases, if the tooth is severely broken or worn down, they use a special material to help “build up” your tooth to create a stable base for your new crown.

An impression, either using a pliable putty or digital imaging technology is then made. The appropriate material and color is then selected. This information helps the dental lab craft a perfect match for your surrounding teeth. You receive a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one arrives.
At that point, you return to have your new crown checked for fit, color, and function before it is cemented into position.

What’s a dental bridge?

A bridge is a false tooth secured by two crowns on either side of your missing tooth. Bridgework is a great option for replacing one or more missing teeth, and an affordable alternative to dental implants or a removable flipper or denture.

The process for getting a bridge is similar to getting a new crown, the difference being that your dentist prepares two teeth to receive crowns instead of one. Once they secure your bridge into position, your restored teeth look and function like natural teeth.

Why replace missing teeth?

When most people think about replacing one or more missing teeth, it’s the aesthetic considerations that come to mind. Aesthetics, however, are just part of why it’s so important to replace missing teeth.  

Your teeth play a vital role in grinding, cutting, and crushing food. Even one missing tooth can change the force of your bite, placing too much stress on nearby teeth.

Once you’ve lost a tooth, the remaining teeth begin to slowly shift out of position, which can quickly create serious problems with your bite.

Eating a variety of nutritious foods is a critical part of staying healthy. Dental issues can significantly limit your diet, making it hard for you to take in the nutrients your body craves. Missing teeth can also create difficulties with proper speech.

What is the procedure for a fixed bridge?

Generally, two or more visits are required. In the first visit, the most appropriate option to replace your missing teeth is discussed.  An impression is then taken of the area to be restored that will serve as a study model, which will help us to design the type of bridge that will be used. In the second appointment, the teeth that will serve as pillars will be reduced by an appropriate manner in order to make room for the crowns that will serve as links to the fixed bridge. An impression of the missing space and the adjacent teeth will be taken, the color of the bridge to match your surrounding teeth will be selected, your bit will be recorded, and this information will be sent to a laboratory to fabricate the bridge.

In the third appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed and replaced by the definitive bridge, which will be placed, fit, adjusted, and cemented.