Green Hills Dentist Explains It All: Dental Crowns & Bridges
Have you recently been told by your dentist that you need a dental crown or tooth bridge? Whether this will be your first or second crown or bridge there’s always questions that need answers. Montee & Montee Dental Co., in Nashville, Tennessee are providing answers to a few questions you may have about dental crowns and bridges.
What are Dental Crown and Bridges?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers placed over a tooth and secured with dental cement. They are often used to help improve the strength or appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns are used to cover dental implants, a dental bridge or a tooth with a large filling. Porcelain and gold are used for most dental crowns. Gold crowns however are usually used on back teeth, because it is easier to use than porcelain and requires less of the tooth to be drilled away.
Dentist may recommend a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. Bridges are attached permanently to adjoining teeth or dental implants. Filling in gaps left by missing teeth with dental bridges is important because the teeth on either side can of a missing tooth can shift and potentially lead to gum disease and joint disorders. Both dental crowns and bridges are both permeant prosthetic devices that can only be removed by a dentist.
Why did my dentist recommend a crown?
Your dentist may recommend a crown for the following reasons:
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Replace a large filling
- Cover a root canal treated tooth.
How are dental crowns and bridges made?
Before your dentist can make a crown or a bridge, the tooth has to be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit properly. After reducing the size of the tooth an impression is taken to provide an exact mold for the dental crown or bridge. If your dentist uses porcelain he/she will select the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your natural teeth.
The impression made the tooth/teeth is typically sent to a dental lab that will make your crown or bridge in the material that your dentist specifies. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while your permanent crown or bridge is being made. Through PlanScan technology Dr. Stan & Dr. Carol Montee, can create your crown in the same day without you having to take multiple days from work or school.
Since dental crowns and bridges are not removable it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene to preserve the longevity of them. Bridges can lose support if the tooth or bone holding it in place becomes damaged by dental diseases. You should continue to floss daily and brush your teeth twice a day. Keep regular schedule checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
If you or someone you know needs a dental crown or tooth bridge, the wonderful Montee & Montee Dental Co. staff are ready to help you get back on track with your smile. Learn more about our same day crown service or schedule appointment by, visit us online at greenhilldentist.com or you can call 615-656-0248.