DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES
At Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry, we aim to provide you with the beautiful, functional smile that you deserve. One of the services that we offer to help you achieve your oral health and cosmetic goals is the creation and placement of a custom crown. A dental crown, also commonly known as a cap, is a dental treatment that is designed to restore a tooth to its former size, shape, and in some cases, color. Dental crowns are often used to restore teeth that cannot be repaired with other dental restoration treatments, such as fillings. Our dentists may recommend that you receive a dental crown for one or more of the following reasons:
- To repair teeth that have significant decay, cracks, or fractures
- To replace a large or fractured filling that is no longer performing the way it should
- To complete the root canal procedure and protect the newly restored tooth
- To enhance the beauty of your smile
Crowns are durable and strong and can be made to match the natural color of your teeth, if so desired. Crowns, with the proper care, are expected to last many years. However, as with most dental restorations, a crown may eventually need replacement, especially if any maltreatment has taken place.
The procedure to receive your crown will usually take place over the course of two appointments at our Delray Beach, FL dental practice. At the initial appointment, the dentist will take molds or impressions of your teeth. These molds will be used to help create both your finalized porcelain crown and a temporary crown.
Once the molds have been taken, your porcelain crown will be custom-created in a dental laboratory over the course of approximately two weeks. During this two-week period, you will wear the temporary crown. In preparation for the temporary crown, the dentist will numb your tooth and clean away any present tooth decay. Your tooth will then be shaped to properly fit the temporary crown.
At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed. The doctor will prepare your tooth for the final crown by thoroughly cleaning your tooth again.
The new crown will be carefully placed to ensure that function and beauty is restored to your smile. We invite you to schedule a dental consultation to learn more about crowns and how they can benefit you.
A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance used to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth). A bridge can be used to accomplish the following:
- Fill gaps left my missing teeth
- Prevent the shifting of teeth due to extra space
- Restore a fully functioning bite
- Retain your face’s natural shape
- Replace a partial denture
- Promote a natural, radiant smile
Bridges comprise two crowns which go over the teeth, adjacent to the gap. We call these abutment teeth. Between the crowns, we place an artificial tooth, known as a pontic. This tooth will look and function like a natural tooth. Best of all, when you smile, no one will know you have a dental appliance!
Please call us to schedule an appointment if you are interested in receiving a bridge treatment.
Teeth Veneers FAQ
Porcelain veneers are very strong and resilient. You will be able to eat and bite normally. However, just as with your natural tooth, you should always avoid biting on hard foods or ice, for example. You should also avoid harmful practices such as opening packages or bottles with your teeth. Taking care of your veneers will avoid cracks or damages.
Not only are veneers strong, but they are also very durable. They could last 10 to 20 years, depending on your oral care, your bite, and the quality of the work in your mouth, among other factors. Keeping good oral hygiene and steady dental checkups will absolutely help your veneers last longer.
Depending on the amount of veneers you need, anesthesia may be used during the preparation of your teeth. Many patients prefer the usual local anesthesia to feel comfortable during the treatment considering that a thin part of your tooth surface needs to be removed. But your dentist will always take into account your needs and preferences.
For veneers to fit perfectly over your worn or damaged tooth, a very thin layer of tooth enamel must be removed. Because of this, the process is irreversible..
Your dental insurance company may allow coverage of cosmetic procedures if, for example, the procedure is part of a reconstructive surgery. However, most dental plans do not usually provide benefits for cosmetic procedures as they are considered optional aesthetic treatments. But you should always ask what procedures your dental insurance covers.
If you grind your teeth at night, chances are that you will damage your teeth whether you have veneers or not. To avoid damaging or breaking the veneers, your dentist will recommend to wear a protective bite guard to lessen the pressure on your veneers while you sleep.
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the smile of your dreams