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Find out whether or not these restorations could breathe new life back into your smile.
Crowns and bridges are two of the most commonly used dental restorations. They’ve been around forever, and there’s a reason why. Our Zanesville, OH, dentist, Dr. Jeff Labishak, knows that even with the best intentions, dental injuries and other problems can leave you dealing with damage. Luckily, crowns and bridges might be just the thing you need to turn your smile around.
If you are missing a tooth, you may have heard that a dental bridge might be a good option for replacing the tooth. A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap where your tooth once was with an artificial tooth replacement. In order to hold the bridge in place, two crowns on either side of the bridge will be cemented over healthy, natural teeth near the gap. These crowns will then support the false tooth in the middle.
A crown is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration that is designed to cover over the visible portion of a tooth to protect it from further damage. This is often the case when you have a tooth that is weak or damaged by decay, trauma or an infection. If you have to get root canal therapy, a crown will often be placed over the tooth after treatment to protect and preserve the tooth and restore function and strength. Of course, crowns are pretty versatile restorations so our Zanesville general dentist will also use it to cover a tooth that is malformed or severely discolored to improve its appearance, as well as use it to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
Both bridges and crowns are custom-made to fit your smile. In order to get either of these restorations we will first need to take impressions of your teeth. These molds will be set to a laboratory, where dental technicians will begin creating your custom-made restorations. As is the case with crowns, we will also need to prepare the tooth for the restoration. This means, shaving down a significant part of the tooth’s crown so that the artificial crown can fit over it.
Once tooth preparation is complete we will often place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it while your permanent restoration is being made. Usually, within a week you will come back into the office so we can check the fit of your permanent restoration and then cement it into place to restore your smile.
The Smile Shack in Zanesville, OH, is dedicated to providing the general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry you deserve. Our family dentistry practice caters to patients of all ages, so call our office today to schedule a routine cleaning or to discuss whether crowns and bridges are right for your smile.
So, you're about to have a tooth capped with a crown. Do you know what you need to know before you undergo this common dental procedure?
Here's a short true or false quiz to test your knowledge of dental crowns.
All crowns are the same. False — while all crowns have the same basic design — a life-like prosthetic tooth fitted over and bonded or cemented to a natural tooth — their compositions can vary greatly. Early metal crowns consisted mainly of gold or silver and are still used today. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns — a metal interior for strength overlaid by a porcelain exterior for appearance — became popular in the latter 20th Century. Although still widely used, PFMs have been largely surpassed by newer all-ceramic materials that are stronger than past versions.
Crowns can differ in their artistic quality. True — all crowns are designed to replicate a natural tooth's function — in other words, enable the tooth to effectively chew again. But a crown's appearance can be a different story, depending on how much attention to detail and artistry goes into it. The higher the individual craftsmanship, the more lifelike it will appear — and the more expensive it can be.
With digital milling equipment, dental labs are obsolete. False — although technology exists that allows dentists to produce their own crowns, the equipment is not yet in widespread use. Â The vast majority of crowns are still produced by a trained technician in a dental laboratory. And just as you base your choice of a dentist on your confidence in and respect for them, dentists look for the same thing in a dental lab — good, reliable and consistent results.
Your insurance may not cover what your dentist recommends. True — dental insurance will typically pay for a basic, functional crown. Aesthetics — how it will look — is a secondary consideration. As a result, your policy may not cover the crown your dentist recommends to function properly and look attractive. A new crown, however, is a long-term investment in both your dental function and your smile. It may be well worth supplementing out of pocket your insurance benefit to get the crown that suits you on both counts.
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
Improving your smile can be as simple as adding a crown or bridge. Dr. Jeffrey Labishak, your Zanesville, OH cosmetic dentist at The Smile Shack Family Dentistry, explains the uses and benefits of these dental restorations.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped restorations made from a variety of durable materials, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin. They fit snugly over teeth, providing support for weak or damaged teeth. Because crowns cover your teeth on all four sides, they're also an excellent choice if you would like to conceal a cosmetic issue.
Crowns are also used to create bridges, restorations that replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth suspended between two crown.
Who can benefit from crowns and bridges in Zanesville?
Your dentist may recommend a crown or bridge if you have one of these dental issues;
- Cracks: Cracks eventually become breaks. Adding a crown to your tooth prevents it from breaking and also seals it, stopping bacteria from entering through the crack.
- Damaged or Broken Teeth: Crowns offer the ideal way to restore broken or damaged teeth.
- Fragile Teeth: Large fillings, root canal therapy or other procedures are essential to maintaining your oral health, but can weaken teeth. Crowns provide the stability fragile teeth need.
- Short Teeth: Grinding can cause one or more of your teeth to become shorter than the others, which can affect your bite. Crowns restore the height of your teeth and improve your appearance.
- Cosmetic Issues: Crowns are used to hide a variety of cosmetic issues, including discolorations, pits and chips. Do you have tooth that looks a little odd? A crown will help that crooked, twisted or pointed tooth blend in with the rest of your smile.
- A Missing Tooth: A missing tooth isn't just a cosmetic issue. Biting and chewing can be more difficult after tooth loss. A bridge makes eating easier and more enjoyable.
Isn't it about time you improved your smile with crowns and bridges? Call Dr. Labishak, your Zanesville, OH cosmetic dentist at The Smile Shack Family Dentistry, at (740) 454-4112 to schedule an appointment.