For thousands of years, people have been trying to make their smiles looks their best. Today, dental crowns and bridges help millions of people repair and replace their teeth.
If you live in or near Reading, MA, our dentist, Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi, can help you get your smile back to looking as good or better than it ever has. Whether you need to repair a broken tooth or fill in a gap in your smile, we have the skill, the experience, and the training to get your smile back on track.
What Are Dental Crowns?
To understand what a dental crown is, it’s first important to review a little bit about teeth anatomy. Our teeth are made up of two sections. The roots are embedded in our jawbones. This keeps our teeth in place.
The crowns of our teeth are the part that is visible outside our gums. This is what make our smiles what they are. The crowns also serve different functions. Some crowns are designed for gripping food. Some crowns help us bite into food, and some crowns are used to chew and grind our food.
If something happens to our crowns, this can affect the appearance of our smiles. It also can make it more difficult to eat. Either or both could be a problem depending on what happens to your natural crowns.
Dental crowns are made to replace natural crowns that have been damaged, decayed, or discolored. Modern all-ceramic crowns are made to look remarkably like real teeth. Plus, the materials used in modern crowns are durable as well. We can answer any questions you may have about the different kinds of crowns, such as zirconia, e.max, and Lava, at our dentist office in Reading, MA.
How To Get A Dental Crown
The process for getting a dental crown is pretty straightforward. First, our dentist will examine your tooth to determine if a dental crown is the right option.
Crowns can be used to fix teeth that are broken or cracked. They can be used to make yellow or dark teeth look white again, and they can be used to repair teeth that have large cavities or to cap teeth at the end of a root canal treatment.
With the exception of the root canal, the procedure for getting a dental crown is the same. First, we will reshape the tooth that needs a crown. This is done to remove the imperfection and to create a support from the healthy parts of your tooth for your dental crown.
When your dental crown is ready, it will be bonded to your tooth. Since the all-ceramic crowns blend in with your real teeth, your smile will look natural. And since the crowns are durable, you will be able to continue eating the foods that you enjoy.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is creating by bonding multiple crowns together. Bridges can be used to replace one or more teeth. The size of the bridge, therefore, depends on the number of teeth that are missing.
A traditional bridge is a great option for someone who is missing a single tooth. These bridges have two kinds of dental crowns. The crowns on the outside are called abutment crowns. The crown or crowns in the middle (called pontics) fill the gap created by missing teeth.
The abutments are bonded to the teeth are each side of the empty space where your missing tooth once was. That also means those teeth are reshaped like any tooth that gets a dental crown. Those teeth will provide the support for the dental bridge.
Someone missing three teeth may prefer an implant-supported bridge. Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are embedded in your jaw. Implants replace the roots of your missing teeth. By placing these in your jaw, we are creating the foundation for your dental bridge without doing anything to your remaining healthy teeth.
Either kind of dental bridge is made with the same materials as a dental crown. You can count on a natural-looking smile, and you can eat with your dental bridge just like you could with healthy teeth.
Making Your Appointment
The first step in getting your dental crown or bridge is making an appointment at First Dental Associates. Again, feel free to contact us online or to call 781-435-7290 today.