Dental Crowns and Bridges in Royal Oak
Dentists have been using dental crowns and bridges for decades to fix and replace broken and missing teeth. Recent advances in dental technology have significantly increased both the effectiveness and durability of these prosthetics, and the aesthetics have improved to the point where crowns and bridges are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Royal Oak dentist Dr. Suchi Chalasani DMD is skilled at placing both dental crowns and bridges. With appropriate home care and regular checkups, your crown or bridge can last for a lifetime.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A crown (also sometimes referred to as a “cap”) is an artificial tooth that is placed over the top of a tooth that has been damaged to protect it, strengthen it, and improve its appearance.
In the past, crowns were often made of metals including stainless steel and gold. While ceramic-fused-to-metal crowns were an aesthetic improvement, they tended to leave a dark gray mark at the gumline that gave away the fact that you’d had dental work done. Today, all-ceramic crowns are available that are created to blend in beautifully with your own natural teeth for a flawless finish.
To place a crown, we will shape your tooth so that the crown fits over it snugly and securely. The next step will be taking impressions of your teeth to send to the lab we use to craft our prosthetics. If necessary, we’ll fit a temporary crown over your shaped tooth to protect it and reduce sensitivity. Once your crown is complete, we’ll remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown. We’ll check the fit and make sure that everything is perfect before we send you on your way.
Crowns are also used as part of a dental implant system, a new technology that allows us to replace a missing tooth with a fully functioning lookalike that integrates into your jaw to become a permanent part of your mouth.
What Are Bridges?
A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Like crowns, today’s bridges are designed to blend in beautifully with your own teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns affixed to either the adjoining teeth or dental implants. Bridges come in a variety of styles, and we’ll discuss these with you at your appointment, show you the style we recommend for you, and explain why.
Caring for Bridges and Dental Crowns
Once placed, bridges and crowns become a permanent part of your mouth, and you’ll care for them exactly as you would for your own natural teeth. Continue to brush and floss your teeth as directed by Dr. Chalasani and your dental hygienist and visit us twice a year for regular cleanings and examinations. During your exams, we’ll check the condition of your dental work to look for any signs of damage or weakness. If you are experiencing any problems with your crowns or bridge, let us know right away so we can diagnose the problem and fix it quickly.
Crowns and bridges are often a crucial part of dental reconstruction. If you need some help restoring the functionality and appearance of your teeth, please call Family Dentistry of Royal Oak today to set up your consultation appointment with Dr. Suchi Chalasani.