Posts for tag: Dental Crowns

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns   bridges  

Do you have teeth which you consider to be unsightly? Are you annoyed by a gap left from an extracted or lost tooth? If you answered dental crowns, bridgesyes to these questions, you could benefit from two common dental procedures to repair these issues and renew your smile. Determining if your teeth require dental restorations is as easy as asking your Westland, MI dentist at Carey and Aylward DDS about crowns and bridges.

What do crowns and bridges do? 
Crowns and bridges are indirect dental restorations, meaning they are permanent and non-removable. Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap which fits over a compromised tooth to strengthen and stabilize it. Bridges use crowns to secure a prosthetic tooth in place, filling in the gap left behind from a missing tooth. The purpose of these restorations is to give you back your smile, boosting confidence and allowing you to chew and speak normally.

When do I need a crown? 
Dentists use dental crowns to strengthen and stabilize teeth. Teeth with the following abnormalities benefit from crowns:

  • broken
  • cracked
  • large fillings, particularly after root canal therapy
  • worn down teeth

In addition to strengthening compromised teeth, crowns also improve the teeth’s appearance. If a tooth is severely stained or misshaped, a crown can cover the tooth’s imperfections.

When do I need a bridge? 
Bridges fill the gaps left behind from missing teeth. The bridge itself is made up of three prosthetic teeth: two crowns on either end and a full prosthetic in the center, which sits on the gum line above the socket of your missing tooth. The two crowns sit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap, securing the bridge to the teeth permanently.

How are crowns and bridges made and placed? 
A specialist in a dental laboratory uses a mold of your teeth taken by your dentist to design your crown or bridge. Each restoration is customized completely for your mouth, ensuring a natural look and secure fit. Crowns and bridges require two dental appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist prepares your tooth to receive the crown. Your dentist shapes the tooth accordingly and a temporary crown may be placed until the permanent restoration arrives. A second appointment, scheduled after the dental lab sends your completed crown or bridge to your dentist’s office, completes the procedure. Your dentist removes the temporary crown and permanently attaches the permanent prosthetic to your tooth using dental cement.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Carey & Aylward DDS in Westland, MI. Call (734) 425-9130 to schedule your consultation today!

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC Family Denitstry
August 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns and Bridges Promise Aesthetic and Functional Smile EnhancementDental Crowns & Bridges

Did you know that the first thing most people notice is your smile? Whether it’s a job interview, first day of school or just a brief encounter walking down the street, you want your smile to look as good as you feel. Not surprising, approximately 99.7 percent of people say that smiles are socially important, with 74 percent saying that an unattractive smile affects career success. So, if you’re dealing with chipped, cracked or missing teeth, it might be hard to feel confident in social situations; however, you can turn this all around by considering dental crowns or bridges. 
 
From decay to sports-related injuries, there are several reasons why a tooth can become severely damaged. However, crowns and bridges can restore your smile by fixing the size, shape and appearance of your damaged tooth or teeth. 
 

Dental Crowns

Sometimes simply referred to as a “cap”, dental crowns completely cover your damaged tooth. Dental crowns are fabricated in a lab to offer the same look as a natural tooth. Plus, with impressions taken of your smile before fabrication, we can promise that you’ll have a crown that was made just for you and your smile.
 

So when might a dental crown benefit you?

  • If you have a weak tooth that could chip, break or fracture further
  • To restore a fractured/cracked tooth
  • To hide a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To preserve a tooth that has had a root canal
  • To place over a dental implant
Dental crowns offer your tooth more stability and an overall more aesthetically pleasing smile. While there are several kinds of dental crowns, the most common tend to be the porcelain or ceramic crowns, as they better mimic the quality and appearance of a real tooth.
 

Dental Bridges

While having a missing tooth can come with some hits to your self-esteem, it can also make speaking and chewing a challenge. Plus, surrounding teeth will begin to shift over time, causing long-term issues like gum disease or even jaw disorders. However, dental bridges can help cover up that gap between your teeth to make everyday living a little easier. There are several kinds of dental bridges from removable/partial ones to permanent, or fixed partial dentures.
 
Dental bridges are cemented to those teeth surrounding your gap. These natural teeth will serve as anchors for your bridge. These same teeth will also be fitted with dental crowns, after which a replacement tooth will be attached to those crowns to create your dental bridge. Instantly, chewing and smiling will be drastically improved.
 
If you’re dealing with a damaged smile and you think you could benefit from dental crowns or dental bridges, call your cosmetic dentist today at (734) 425-9130. Let’s get you the smile you deserve!