When you have smile gaps or tooth structures compromised by decay, injury or infection, you may need a dental crown or bridgework. Dr. Kathryn Winkel provides both in her Midland, MI, practice. Why not ask your dentist if these restorations would help you?
What is a dental crown?
A custom-made jacket of high-grade ceramic, a dental crown completely covers a damaged tooth right to the gum line. It looks, bites and feels perfectly natural, and it's a great alternative to dental extraction and the problems losing a tooth causes.
To verify if a crown is appropriate for your situation, your dentist will examine your tooth and take some digital X-rays. If you should receive a crown, your procedure will happen right in Dr. Winkel's Midland, MI, office.
Crown preparation involves:
- Oral impressions
- Removal of damaged tooth structure
- Enamel reduction
At a dental lab, a ceramist will create your crown, shaping it and coloring it to fit over your tooth and to bite with teeth on the teeth above or below it. When your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Winkel will bond it onto your prepared tooth.
Lastly, crowns complete dental implants--today's most realistic tooth replacement. Also, when a tooth is so injured it requires pulp extraction through root canal therapy, a crown finishes that procedure, conferring permanent durability and aesthetics.
What is bridgework?
Bridgework is a traditional way to replace one or more missing teeth. Pontic, or artificial, teeth attach to porcelain crowns seated on natural teeth neighboring a smile gap.
Just like single crowns, bridges are custom-crafted to your unique dentition. Lifelike porcelain is the material of choice for both the pontics and crowns.
Also like single crowns, your bridge will require enamel reduction on the abutment teeth. Your dentist will cement the bridge in place using a high-tech adhesive.
Caring for crowns and bridges
Meticulous brushing and flossing avoids tartar and plaque accumulation, decay around crown margins and gum disease. Also, see Dr. Winkel every six months for a cleaning and check-up, including an assessment of your prosthetics.
Finally, avoid the excessive forces exerted by hard foods, such as peanut brittle and candy apples. And, if you grind or clench your teeth, Dr. Winkel may suggest a mouthguard be worn at night.
Find out more
Crowns and bridges fully restore smiles. Don't put up with failing or missing teeth. Have a complete, healthy smile. Let your dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel show you how. Phone the office in Midland, MI, for a consultation: (989) 631-6680.