How can we help you?
Information and education are the keys to good health. Just as we believe in continuing education for ourselves, we recommend that our patients learn about their dental health. We are always happy to discuss your care with you, and we will never perform a procedure until you’ve been informed about the procedure we are treating and have given us your approval to proceed.
If you have a question, take a look at this selection of questions we are often asked about our practice, the services we offer, and dentistry in general. If your question isn’t answered here or if you need more information, you are always welcome to give us a call or send us an email using our convenient online form.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
After filling the tooth with a rubberlike dental material, the cavity must be fully closed. Closing the cavity and restoring the tooth serves a number of purposes. It protects the tooth from outside influences that could result in infection in the future. Restorations are typically immediately placed after endodontic treatment to prevent any chance of contamination that could result in infection or otherwise compromise the tooth.
It will also allow the tooth to function normally – so that it can chew, grind and bite. The end restoration is also responsible for restoring the tooth’s natural appearance.
Depending on the circumstances, a tooth can be restored using either a filling or a crown. A filling would be appropriate in the case that the access hole required to perform the root canal is relatively small.
Many teeth that must undergo endodontic treatment are affected by advanced decay or extensive injury prior to treatment, leaving large holes in the tooth that must be sealed and closed after root canal therapy is completed. To achieve this, a crown may be necessary.
A crown is a “cap” that covers the prepared tooth and restores the tooth to a natural appearance. A crown can be made from materials like metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic. The right material for you will largely depend on where the tooth is located in your mouth, your aesthetic preferences, and cost.
With the new materials available for creating crowns and bridges, it's unlikely. Unlike crowns and bridges made from metal or ceramic-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic crowns and bridges look incredibly realistic and will blend in well with your natural teeth.
It depends a great deal on your needs and your goals. What's right for another person may not be right for you. When you have your consultation with Dr. Chalasani, she'll discuss your options and the advantages (and disadvantages) of each one to help you make your decision.
Your options may include:
- Bridges, which can replace one or more missing teeth with ceramic lookalikes and are held in place using crowns
- Partials or dentures, which can affordably replace multiple teeth
- Dental implants, which look just like natural teeth and prevent bone loss
Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chalasani.