Crowns and Bridges
The dentists at Riley Dental Associates are experienced in fixing fractured, missing teeth. They also utilize restorative dental techniques to make cosmetic improvements to imperfect smiles. Some of the most commonly utilized restoration techniques in dentistry are Crowns and Bridges.
Crowns are protective restorations, usually made of materials like porcelain or gold, that surround and cover teeth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed. Crowns are used to restore teeth following root canal treatments.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. In addition, crowns serve an aesthetic function, and are fabricated when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made of the prepared tooth and the impression is sent to a dental lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. A temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown can last for years. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace missing teeth.The teeth adjacent to the space are crowned and support the replacement teeth.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Do you need Dental Crowns or Bridges? Call Riley Dental Associates, LLC at 617-723-4032 today and schedule your appointment at our Boston, MA office!