Crowns & Bridges

Normal oral hygiene cannot always protect your teeth from cracking or any other damages. Sometimes you will need to see a dentist to restore a tooth that you cannot keep healthy any more. In these cases a dentist in Fernley, NV will recommend a crown. A crown is a “cap” that is shaped like your tooth. It will be placed over your tooth to make it stronger or to restore the shape of the tooth. It will also improve the shape, size and appearance of your tooth. A crown is used to protect a tooth that is weak or that has break. It will also keep a cracked tooth together. It will also be used to keep the filling in a tooth together when there is not much of the tooth left. It can help to cover a discolored tooth or a misshape tooth or a dental implant.

What type of crowns do you get?

There are a few different crowns that you can look at but the three most used crowns are:

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns are strong when biting and chewing with force and does not wear down very fast and they do not chip or break very easy. The only downside of a metal crown is the metallic color and it is best to use a metal crown where it is out of sight. Metal crown are made from gold alloy, nickel, palladium or chromium. Metal crowns are best compared to other crowns because the tooth structure that needs to be removed is much less than with other crowns.

Stainless steel crowns

A stainless steel crown is used as a temporary crown to protect a bad tooth or to protect a tooth filling while waiting for a permanent crown to be made of another material. Stainless steel crown are used primarily for children with bad decayed teeth that need to come out. When the tooth comes out the stainless steel crown comes out with it naturally to make place for the permanent tooth that comes out. This is very cost effective for parents because there are no multiple visits to the dentist’s office.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns

Porcelain fused to metal crowns can be color matched to your original teeth. This type of crown will be good for front and back teeth as the underlying metal can show through the porcelain and will show as a dark line on the gums. Porcelain fused to metal crowns can chip or break and it wears down faster than other crowns. These crowns will look more like your natural teeth than other crowns do.

Preparing a tooth for a crown

There are normally two steps in preparing a tooth for a crown. With the first step your dentist in Fernley, NV will take X-rays of the tooth to see if there are any infections or damage to the tooth pulp. If there are a root canal will have to be done first. Before the steps to make the crown start your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth first. Then the surface on the side of the tooth and the chewing surface are filed to make space for the crown. If there are a bit of the tooth missing the dentist will use a filler to build it up. After the tooth is reshaped the dentist will make an impression of the tooth with putty or a paste. To make sure that the crown does not affect your bite an impression of your teeth above and below will also be made. The impression will then be send to a dental lab to be manufactured. It will take about two or three weeks for the crown to arrive. In the mean time a temporary crown is made from porcelain to protect the tooth and it is held in place with temporary cement. With the second visit the original crown will be checked against the color of your other teeth and if the fit is the same. If everything is as it should be the dentist will then use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth and the permanent crown is then cemented into place.

Caring for your crowned tooth

A crown does not need special care but you still need to keep a good oral hygiene in your mouth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily especially around the crown where the gum and teeth meets. You can still get gum disease and decay if you are not looking after your teeth. Use an antibacterial mouthwash to rinse your teeth at least once a day to get rid of bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth one of the best ways to replace them is to have a dental bridge installed. A dental bridge is exactly what is sounds like – basically, two crowns are placed on either side of the missing tooth or teeth in order to anchor a prosthetic tooth or teeth. The anchoring teeth are called abutments and the prosthetics are called pontics. Pontics can be made out different of materials. Most, however, are made out of gold or porcelain and in some cases they are made out of a mixture of these two materials. In order to know whether a bridge are the best solution for your missing tooth or teeth your Fernley, NV dentist will examine you and then make a recommendation. Keep in mind that you can only have a bridge if the teeth next to the gap are strong – sometimes a bridge is not the answer. Dental bridges can be expected to last for between 10 and 20 years.

Why should you use a dental bridge to replace missing teeth?

This question is quite common – after all, missing teeth cannot impact the quality of one’s life. That is true, but there are disadvantages to having gaps in your jaw. The first is that it affects your appearance – the face tends to sink in where the gaps are located. You have seen old people who have lost their teeth – their cheeks usually look hollowed out. The same could happen to you even at a young age if you don’t replace missing teeth. There are other reasons why you should consider bridges to fill gaps:

Gaps affect the way you speak – you may not be able to articulate certain words properly making it hard for others to understand you. They may even ridicule you.

Missing teeth make it hard to eat and they also limit you to the number of foods that you can eat – you can only eat soft foods. In the long term, this may affect your overall health.

The teeth next to a gap usually end up suffering – they will drift inwards into the gap and it can affect your whole jaw.

Missing teeth can make you self conscious and this can lead to missed opportunities because you don’t mix freely with people.

Although bridges can be used to replace teeth that fall out naturally, they are also very useful in case you have a tooth pulled. Sometimes a tooth is so badly damaged by a cavity that there is no point of it remaining in the mouth at all. When this is the case the dentist has no choice than to pull it out. In such a case a dental bridge is a great way to fill the gap but you have to wait for about six months for the area to be completely healed before you can have it installed.

How about cost?

Different dentists in Fernley, NV charge differently for bridge work. In addition to that, how much you pay is determined by the number of teeth that you are replacing. The material that the bridge is made out of will also make a difference – if you choose to have a bridge that is made out of pure gold you will pay more than if you choose one that is an alloy. If the teeth adjoining the gap need some work, such as root canals, you will also have to pay more. Generally, if all you are having done is bridge installation you can expect to pay anything between $700 and $1,500 for every tooth you replace. Don’t let the price scare you off. There are a number of well-experienced Fernley, NV dentists who offer payment plans for their patients. You will be required to pay an initial down payment amount and then a small amount every month until you clear the debt.

What does the procedure involve?

Installing dental bridges is relatively easy and there is no pain involved. The first thing that the dentist will do is reshape the teeth that will hold the bridge in order to ensure that they anchor well. After that, he makes an impression of the missing teeth as accurately as possible and sends it to a dental lab. You may be fitted with a temporary bridge as you wait for the lab to make yours, which takes only a few days. Once they arrive at your Fernley, NV dentist’s office he will give you a call so that he can take out the temporary bridge and fit you with the permanent one. The dentist adjusts and readjusts the bridge as many times as it takes to get the prosthetic teeth in the right position.