Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Newark, NJ and Ironbound, NJ
If you have decayed or damaged teeth that cause discomfort while eating, speaking, and even smiling, you may need a dental crown or bridge. Bhavneet Singh, DDS, at Nova Dental in Newark, New Jersey and East Orange, New Jersey can repair your teeth and help you get your smile back. To make an appointment at the practice in Newark, New Jersey and East Orange, New Jersey, call the office, or click the online booking tool today.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a fitted cap that covers dental implants or individual teeth.
You may be a candidate for a dental crown if you have any of the following:
- Decayed teeth
- Broken teeth
- Oversized cavity
You also may need a dental crown if you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism, meaning you grind or clench your teeth.
The process of crowning your tooth restores your tooth to its original function by replicating its size and shape while preventing further decay. Your provider may use porcelain or ceramic crowns to resemble the preexisting tooth. However, gold and other metals are common alternatives, as well.
If you have a damaged tooth, your dentist can help determine if you need a dental crown.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth to neighboring teeth or implants.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may need a dental crown or implant to support the dental bridge. Without the bridge, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth might shift to fill the space, leading to dental issues involving crowding and spacing.
Similar to crowns, most dental bridges are made out of porcelain or a combination of porcelain and other materials to replicate the structure of the missing tooth.
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge as your best option.
What is the process for getting a dental crown?
The team at Nova Dental takes a dental impression of your tooth to replicate the shape with the crown. Your dentist then files down the enamel of your decayed tooth to place the crown over the damaged area.
To secure the artificial cap, your dentist bonds the crown to the real tooth with dental cement. In the final step, they make further adjustments to the dental crown by testing your bite, ensuring a comfortable fit.
What is the process for getting a dental bridge?
Placing a dental bridge may take slightly longer than a dental crown, as it can take a couple of weeks, with two to three appointments.
Your dentist first places the necessary crowns then files down the enamel of your adjacent teeth to create an easy fit for the bridge. Then they take impressions to make sure the bridge fits perfectly between your teeth or crowns.
After your procedure, you return to Nova Dental for a follow-up appointment to ensure a successful outcome.
To schedule a consultation with the team about dental crowns and bridges, call the practice or use the convenient online booking tool today.
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