Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges
Dental Crowns as I believe to patients is when ... In my ... I believe that when more than half the tooth is missing, whether it's fractured or whether it already has an existing filling that's more than half the tooth and there's new decay, at that point that's kind of when I'm going to recommend that we put a crown on the tooth, which is something that covers the tooth.
The benefits to the crown is that it holds the tooth together. As long as they're really good about taking care of it, there's a good chance that that could last a life time, especially if the fit's as it should be and everything's done correctly.
The porcelain ... You know, plaque doesn't tend to stick on crowns as it does on our natural teeth. In placing crowns it's really important that they be placed slightly below the gum-line in my opinion so that they get the correct look. The look more like a natural tooth. The profile, how they emerge out of the tissue, is like a natural tooth would. That's something that you can achieve with crowns.
Now bridges, bridges are great for when there's a missing tooth. Nowadays, you know, of course we have implants. Sometimes in my opinion I think patients are sometimes pushed towards implants when implants weren't necessary, meaning that in a situation where other than fully giving a patient all their options and the pros and cons of all those options. Many times with a bridge, if you're missing a tooth or the tooth on either side of that space are perfect teeth, I would really love to see the person go with the implant. The last thing I want to do is go grinding down or taking out a tooth or working on a tooth that doesn't need anything done to it.
Another situation might be where the crowns or the teeth on either side of the space need crowns. They already need a crown, so they need to be restored anyway. Now in doing a bridge that would occur. I mean you'd not only fill the space with a tooth, but you'd be taking care of 2 teeth that needed crowns anyway.
Now, if they didn't have any concern about being able to floss underneath where that tooth is sitting on the gum tissue, that would be an option for them. It would be a much ... It'd be less expensive than going implant route and it would also be less invasive.
There again, possibly taking the age of a patient in ... Not something that I'm going to tell them, that I don't base treatment on age, but it's something that they might choose to do.
If 1 other tooth needed work, they really don't want to have a surgical procedure done, and they really don't want to wait 10 months to have the implant restored ... That's something that can be done in a matter of as long as the tooth's been missing for a while anyway, they can have that done in 3 weeks. A lot of it comes down to the time, patient preference, cost, and I think it's really important to review.
A bridge works great as long as it's done correctly. Ultimately, to go so that final option is ultimately the choice of the patient, I'll go through them and prioritize what I would recommend from best to next and go through that with them.
Ultimately, they need to take into account some of the things ... What's important to them? Affordability, other types of things, and then coming to a mutual agreement that what they've decided on and what we're going to do is going to be of a benefit to them.
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What Is A Dental Crown?
There are times when the damage to a tooth is too severe for tooth fillings. For these situations, our dentists recommend a dental crown.
Carefully crafted to look like identical but healthy versions of your damaged teeth, our beautiful porcelain crowns fit snugly over the visible part of teeth, restoring the strength and look at the same time.
What Is A Dental Bridge? Is It Better Than Dental Implants?
If you are missing a tooth, we may recommend a dental implant to replace it. But some patients are not candidates for dental implants.
A noninvasive tooth replacement option is the dental bridge, which uses a replacement tooth held in place by two dental crowns, one on either side of the gap. You still get a beautiful replacement tooth but without oral surgery.
What Is An Implant-Supported Bridge?
Implant-supported bridges combine dental implants with dental bridges. Our dentists will use one or more implants to secure a bridge. This allows you to replace several teeth at once but with a restoration that can withstand more pressure than a regular dental bridge. With an implant-supported bridge from Volterra Dental, you can eat the foods you want in complete comfort.
What Are Inlays And Onlays Used For?
Inlays and onlays are partial crowns that can repair cavities too large for composite fillings. They also use a tooth-colored material. Inlays are used when the damage is in between the cusps of your teeth, whereas onlays can repair damage on the top and sides of your teeth.
Don’t live with bad or missing teeth any longer. For your next appointment for dental crowns, bridges, inlays, or onlays, or if you have questions, call Volterra Dental at [phone] or use our online form.