Traditional Crowns and Bridges in Ashland Strengthen Your Smile
Dental bridges and crowns are essential components of restorative dentistry. They have the power to fix teeth that are less than their best and even fill in gaps in your smile, resulting in a mouth that is full of strong, attractive pearly whites. Here at your dentist in Ashland, we’re proud to be able to provide both of these treatments to our patients.
Dental crowns in Ashland are tooth-shaped covers that are custom-made to go over a damaged, weak, or unsightly tooth. They may be made of metal, but many of our patients prefer all-porcelain crowns because they blend in so seamlessly with the teeth around them. Here are some circumstances where a dental crown may be necessary:
- A tooth just underwent a root canal
- A tooth is broken or cracked
- A tooth has a large filling
- A tooth is severely worn down
- A tooth has an unattractive appearance due to staining, decay, or other circumstances
Traditional dental bridges are an excellent option for replacing one or two missing teeth. They consist of two crowns, which go over the abutment teeth (the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile) and a pontic (artificial tooth) that is suspended between the two crowns. Bridges offer a number of advantages, including that they are sturdy, long-lasting, and natural-looking.
The Process for Installing a Crown or Bridge
After you and your dentist decide that a crown or bridge is a good idea for your smile, you can look forward to a fairly simple process:
- Your dentist prepares the teeth that will receive the crowns. This may involve filling them in or filing them down a bit so they fit well under the restoration.
- We take some impressions of your mouth. Those impressions go to a laboratory and serve as the basis for creating your crown or bridge.
- You wear temporary crowns until your custom ones are ready. When your crown or bridge comes back to our office, we invite you in for a second appointment, and we’ll attach your new restoration.
Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
A traditional crown or bridge may last for a decade or longer if it receives proper care. One of the keys to making your restoration last as long as possible is maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Although crowns and bridges can’t get cavities, bacteria and food particles can still accumulate on them, leading to odors and discoloration. The bacteria may even sneak into the gums and cause periodontal problems. Fortunately, all you have to do to prevent such issues is brush twice a day and floss once a day (if you have a bridge, be sure to floss underneath the pontic).
Here are a few other tips for caring for your restoration:
- Porcelain crowns and bridges are quite strong, but they aren’t unbreakable. It’s important that you take care not to grind your teeth or bite on anything too hard, like ice or jawbreaker candy.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups.
- Always wear a mouthguard when you’re playing sports.
If you believe you could benefit from a dental crown or bridge, please contact us today!