If you have a severely damaged, decayed, or missing tooth, there’s still hope for your smile. The fixed bridges and dental crowns in Agawam, MA are popular restorative treatments that can last for many years with proper care. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful solution from Dr. Frank Michitti.
A dental crown is a thin covering that is custom crafted to fit over a damaged, weak, worn, or decayed tooth. The crown can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the location of the affected tooth, your budget, and your personal preference. Ceramic/porcelain and gold are two popular options for dental crowns.
A crown may be used in one of the following situations:
The process for a dental crown is completed over the course of two visits to the dentist. The affected tooth will be reshaped to accommodate the restoration. After it has been manufactured in a separate lab, you will return to the dental office for its final placement.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more consecutively missing teeth. Two dental crowns are placed on the teeth surrounding the gap, and the replacement tooth/teeth (pontics) fill in the space between. This type of bridge is a fixed restoration, meaning it can only be removed by your dentist.
Some of the advantages of a dental bridge include:
The bridge is also completed over the course of two visits to our dental office. In the first appointment, we will prepare the surrounding teeth for the crowns, take impressions, and send this information to the lab. When your bridge is ready about two weeks later, you come back to our dental office to have your smile restored.
After you have received a crown or bridge, make sure you stay on top of your excellent hygiene practices to keep it healthy and intact. A well cared for restoration will last for many years. Continue to brush and floss your teeth as recommended. Cleaning around a crown or bridge can be made easier using an interdental brush or water flosser. If you grind your teeth at night or play contact sports, consider investing in a customized mouthguard -- especially for protecting porcelain restorations at the front of the smile.
If you have an aching, damaged, or missing tooth, please do not hesitate to find the solution your smile needs. A dental crown or bridge can help. Get in touch with Dr. Michitti’s dental office to schedule an appointment today!