Crowns & Bridges
Bridges (sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures) are semi-permanent structures that are attached to an area between the gum tissue or bone and bond to existing teeth or implants to replace a section of missing teeth. Bridges are custom-made to blend in with your natural teeth. Properly installed bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as fixing bite placement between upper and lower teeth. Bridges can be either fixed or removable, and can be made of porcelain, gold alloys, or one of many combinations of materials.
Crowns are synthetic caps placed on top of a tooth to restore function and appearance following restorative procedures like root canals. Crowns are used to restore teeth that have experienced advanced decay, necessitating the removal of much of the tooth. Crowns can also attach bridges, prevent tooth cracks from spreading, cover implants, and keep fillings from becoming loose. Crowns are typically made of porcelain and also serve an aesthetic purpose, covering stained and discolored teeth that cannot be restored to their natural state.
Same Day Crown Procedure
Using Cerec Technology, Winterholler Dentistry now offers same-day crowns! These save you time, money, and discomfort by streamlining the crown process. Your visit will start with the traditional preparation, cleaning and filing your teeth if necessary. Then, instead of having an impression made and being sent off to a lab, your teeth will be dusted with reflective powder and scanned by a small wand. This wand takes pictures of your mouth, sends them straight to a computer, which uses software to design your crown. The computer selects a color of ceramic that most closely matches your natural teeth, then transmits the designs to a milling machine to carve your new crown. You are then fitted for the crown as usual, turning a multi-day process into a 1-2 hour appointment.
Caring For Your Crowns
Crowns are semi-permanent, meaning they sometimes need to be replaced. With proper care, your crown can last up to 8 years or more. Be sure to carefully floss the area of your crowns to avoid excess plaque and debris. Jaw Clenching and teeth grinding significantly shorten the life of crowns, so if you are aware of these habits, it’s important to be fitted for a proper night guard and prevent these behaviors. Brittle foods, ice, and hard candy can all weaken the crown’s adhesive and damage the crown.