Sturdy Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns in Lauderhill
Restorative dentistry is necessary after tooth decay or damage takes away from your properly functioning, beautiful smile. Dental bridges and dental crowns in Lauderhill are two common procedures for missing or damaged teeth, respectively. Dr. Leslie Haller and Dr. Mark Wilde provide these treatments as part of the expert restorative care you’ll find in our state-of-the-art office.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that is bonded over an affected tooth. It can hold together a weak or broken tooth, restore large areas of decay when there is not enough room for a filling, make cosmetic improvements to a front tooth, or otherwise restore the form and function of teeth anywhere in the mouth. A dental crown can also replace a missing tooth when retained by a dental implant.
What Are Dental Bridges in Lauderhill?
A dental bridge replaces one, two, or several consecutively missing teeth. A fixed bridge cannot be removed for cleaning. It is anchored securely in place with two crowns placed on the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. The replacement teeth (pontics) fill in the space between. A dental bridge restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence after tooth loss, and it also keeps the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place.
What’s the Procedure Like?
If you need a dental crown or bridge, you can expect the procedure to be carried out over the course of two visits to Den-Care’s office.
During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the extent of the decay or damage and put together your treatment plan. Any tooth receiving a dental crown will need to be reshaped with a wider base and narrow top in order to accommodate the new restoration that will be affixed around it.
Once enough enamel has been removed and the tooth/teeth are the ideal shape, impressions (molds) are created. This 3D model of the tooth, along with the other details of your treatment plan, is sent to our partner lab where the restoration is manufactured in about a week.
When your new restoration is ready, you return to our office for its final placement. We remove the temporary crown(s) that covered the tooth in between visits, then check to make sure everything is just right with the new restoration. We can still make any final adjustments at this time before securely affixing the permanent crown or bridge.
How to Maintain My Crown or Bridge?
After you have your smile restored with a dental crown or bridge, dental hygiene is as important as ever. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Concentrate on the area around your restoration to prevent plaque buildup at its base. Visit your dentist every six months; we will continue to check in on your restoration to ensure it stays healthy and strong for many years to come.
Still Have Questions? Talk to Us Today
If you still have questions about crowns and bridges or restorative dentistry in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Den-Care. Request an appointment today!