Crowns and Bridges
If you have teeth that are missing and your smile isn’t everything it could be, Dr. Greg Archambault and his friendly, well-trained team can offer you some fantastic choices to give you something to smile about!
Your Crowns and Bridges Questions Answered
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are basically a tooth-shaped cover put on your original tooth, made out of a sturdy material that looks, feels, and functions like a real tooth. There are various reasons why you might want a tooth crown.
If you have a tooth that is cracked, chipped, in danger of decay because the tooth is somehow damaged, misshapen, has a rather large filling, or a tooth that may chip or break, a tooth crown (or dental crown) is an excellent restoration and cosmetic dentistry treatment.
What is the process for placing a crown, and is it painful?
Firstly; no, the process of placing a crown is a very standard procedure and pain free.
The process of placing a crown is a actually a very simple procedure. Dr. Archambault will remove a very small amount of the outer shell of the original tooth and create a mold to form what will be your permanent crown. A temporary crown is then placed. As soon as the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Archambault places the permanent tooth crown with a strong bonding material. Your new crown will be shaded to match your other teeth so it looks completely natural. When you smile, no one will be able to tell which are your real teeth and which are the dental crowns.
Why would a dental crown be needed?
Good question! A dental crown may possibly be needed in the following situations:
– To help protect a tooth which has become weakened (for example, from decay).
– To hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
– To support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
– To hold a dental bridge in place.
– To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth.
– To cover a dental implant.
– To make a cosmetic modification.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are usually created to replace a gap in your smile where you have a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are connected to dental crowns so they are sturdy and long-lasting. Dental bridges sit on top of your gums, but are completely undetectable. When you laugh and smile, they fill out your smile wonderfully!
The added benefit of both dental crowns and dental bridges is that they fill in gaps between your teeth which may cause your other teeth to shift. Also, dental crowns and dental bridges require no special care, and simple brushing/flossing and regular check-ups with Dr. Archambault is enough to maintain them.
How can a dental bridge improve my smile?
Bridges from Dr. Archambault can improve your smile by:
– Replacing missing teeth.
– Filling gaps or spaces between your teeth.
– Repairing teeth which have become damaged, broken, chipped or cracked.
– Whitening teeth which have become discolored or dull.