Crowns and Bridges
You might think that fixing damaged or missing teeth is all about esthetics. And while you might feel self-conscious about your tooth—or the gap left behind, if it is missing—there is more at stake here than just looks.
A damaged tooth can easily become a missing tooth if it is not repaired. A missing tooth leaves behind a gap in your mouth that can negatively impact the healthy teeth surrounding it.
Depending on the nature of your problem, a dental crown or bridge might be the answer to restore proper chewing function and preserve the health of the rest of your mouth.
Talk to Urgent Dental Care of New Hampshire about whether or not you need a dental crown or bridge to repair your missing or damaged teeth. Our practice is not limited to just emergencies; we can treat most of your dental needs!
Replacing Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, we might recommend a bridge to fill in the space that remains. A natural-looking bridge will blend in with your natural teeth, restoring your self-confidence. It will also mean you can chew normally again.
It is important to fill in spaces left by missing teeth to keep the healthy teeth in your mouth from starting to shift. This will affect your bite and likely lead to the loss of more teeth. A bridge that is cemented into place to either your natural teeth or dental implants prevents shifting, preserving your oral health.
Repairing Damaged Teeth with a Dental Crown
We routinely use dental crowns to repair damaged teeth.
One of the most common uses for a dental crown is fixing a molar that has a very large filling. Over time, the filling becomes worn. But because so little of the natural tooth structure is left, we cannot replace the filling, and a crown is typically the best option. It will restore the function of the tooth and prevent further damage.
After root canal treatment, a crown is usually placed to protect the tooth after the pulp has been removed; this will prevent it from succumbing to fracture. Dental crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place.
There are also cosmetic uses for crowns, including camouflaging teeth that are misshapen or discolored.
The Dental Crown Procedure
First, we’ll take an x-ray to check the health of the tooth root and jawbone. If a crown is needed, the tooth receiving the crown will be prepared. This involves shaping the tooth along the top and sides to make room for the restoration.
We will make an impression of the remaining tooth structure so the lab can create a custom-made crown. When your crown is back from the lab, it will be cemented permanently in place. We’ll make any needed adjustments beforehand to ensure it is comfortable for chewing.
Find Out More about Dental Crowns and Bridges
Don’t let damaged or missing teeth risk your oral health. If you have damaged or missing teeth, talk to us about getting a dental crown or bridge. Call us today!