Repairing your teeth with porcelain dental restorations may seem like a complicated task. However, these procedures are customized to your smile, usually take place within only a handful of dental appointments, and are easy with the help of your dentist. Learn more about dental crowns and bridgework with Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ.
Dental Crowns and Bridgework
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth while crowns fit over a tooth to protect or strengthen it. A bridge uses a crown on either side of its prosthetic tooth to hold the restoration in place. The crowns fit over the healthy teeth surrounding the gap, using them as an anchor. Both crowns and bridges are made from tooth-colored porcelain and customized by a dental laboratory to fit seamlessly into your smile.
How can these restorations help me?
A dental bridge’s main function is filling in the gaps in your smile. On the other hand, a dental crown’s versatility allows dentists to use it in many situations. Some of the most common uses for dental crowns include:
- stabilizing a tooth with a large filling, like after a root canal
- protecting a damaged or unstable tooth
- replacing a tooth as part of a dental implant
- holding a bridge in place
- improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- restoring the biting surface of a worn or broken tooth
Dental Crowns and Bridges in Ringwood, NJ
If you think you can benefit from a dental crown or bridge, you should consult with your dentist to determine if the procedure is the right choice for you. Placing a dental crown, whether on its own or as part of a bridge, requires preparation of the tooth to receive the crown. Your dentist will remove small parts of the enamel from around the tooth to make room for the width and height of the crown. With the tooth prepared, your dentist affixes the crown with dental cement.
For more information on dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi at their practice in Ringwood, NJ. Call (973) 835-3900 today to schedule your appointment for a consultation.