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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   Bridges  

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.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you've damaged a tooth or want to transform the appearance of an unattractive tooth, crowns and bridges can improve your dental crownssmile. Our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, can discuss several types of crowns and bridges with you.

Crown types in Midland

The type of crown that's best for your tooth will depend on your particular dental issue, your dentist's recommendations and your preferences. Crowns, hollow restorations that fit over teeth, are used to strengthen weak or fragile teeth, repair fractured teeth, change the shape or length of teeth or hide flaws. Before a crown can be placed in your mouth, the tooth must be reduced in size in order to ensure that the restoration fits properly.

Common crown types include:

  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: These crowns consist of a layer of porcelain over a durable metal core. They're often placed on back teeth used for biting and chewing.
  • Porcelain: All-porcelain crowns aren't quite as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and are used in front teeth that aren't exposed to strong biting pressure.

Bridge types in Midland

Bridges replace gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Bridge types include:

  • Traditional: Traditional bridges consist of artificial teeth called pontics attached to crowns, or abutments, on either end of the bridge.
  • Cantilever: Cantilever bridges are bridges that are held in place by only one abutment instead of two.
  • Maryland: Both traditional and cantilever bridges require reduction of the teeth that will be covered by the abutments. Because Maryland bridges don't use abutments, there's no need to alter your teeth. These bridges are held in place by a metal or porcelain frame that is attached to the backs of teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Implant-Supported: Implant-supported bridges are held in place by dental implants, rather than crowns. Implants replace tooth roots and bond to your jawbone, offering a long-lasting, comfortable option. Once the implant bonds to your jawbone, you'll be fitted for a bridge in our Midland office.

Protect and improve your smile with crowns and bridges. Call our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Winkel, at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges fill in your smile seamlessly. Here's how.

If you've had a tooth extracted due to an accident or decay, you may be concerned how the space will affect your dental health and your dental crownsappearance. Fortunately, your Midland, Michigan dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, has the solution with crowns and bridges. Learn how these long-lasting, efficient and attractive restorations can make a difference in your smile.

What are crowns and bridges?

You've likely heard of dental crowns - they act as a "cap" over a damaged tooth. When paired with bridges, however, they act as reinforcements for the healthy teeth on either side of a gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Your Midland dentist uses porcelain crowns as a way to make teeth extra-strong for supporting the central part of the restoration: the bridge. Bridges can be made of one or more porcelain teeth depending on your individual need. Once the entire restoration has been made for you at Dr. Kathryn Winkel's Midland dental practice, your crowns and bridge will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

As dental technology continues to advance, the materials and techniques used to place restorations also improve. By following your Midland dentist's recommendations, your crowns and bridges can last as long as twenty years. However, it's important to keep current on checkups with Dr. Winkel in order to ensure your restorations, as well as your natural teeth, are still functioning properly. This is especially important with crowns because the natural teeth remain in place and are subject to decay if proper dental hygiene is not maintained.

If you think your smile could benefit from a crown and bridge combination, we encourage you to contact Dr. Kathryn Winkel's office in Midland, Michigan for an evaluation. Improving your smile and your health is our number one goal!