What does restoring your smile mean? According to your dentists at Lynch Dental Center, crowns and bridges improve teeth and gums damaged by tooth decay, gum disease, dental abscess, and trauma to the mouth. Crowns cover teeth which have lost a substantial amount of enamel, and bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch use crowns and bridges for great smiles which help you eat, speak, and look your very best.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or composite resin cap which improves weakened tooth structure. For instance, if you have a large filling (or several of them) in a molar, Dr. Lynch can remove the damaged portion and shape it receive a custom-made dental crown. That crown will blend with surrounding teeth in color and size, and also it will strengthen the tooth, extending its usefulness and avoiding extraction.
Dr. Lynch will examine the tooth in question and X-ray it to make sure a crown is appropriate. Then oral impressions are taken and sent to a trusted dental lab. In the meantime, the patient wears a temporary restoration.
Upon returning to Lynch Dental Center, the dentist removes the temporary cap and bonds the new crown in place. Because of modern lab techniques and accurate impressions, most crowns fit and bite well immediately with little to no adjustment. With routine brushing and flossing and six-month cleanings and exams at Lynch Dental Center, a crown may last 10 years or even more.
What are bridges?
The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that bridgework reliably replaces one or more teeth with natural-looking and well-functioning pontic, or artificial, teeth. Many bridges receive support from porcelain crowns on opposite sides of the pontics. However, some bridgework may be anchored by dental implants inserted right into the jaw bone for optimal support.
The process for placing conventional bridgework in River Forest is similar to placing crowns:
- Oral examination and X-rays
- Oral impressions and instructions sent to the dental lab
- Preparation of the teeth to be crowned
- Bonding the appliance in place
And, of course, a great oral hygiene routine keeps bridgework in place and functioning for years. The American Dental Association emphasizes the importance of maintaining the gum line to avoid build-up of harmful plaque.
Don't live with missing or failing teeth
Crowns and bridges create completely healthy and beautiful smiles. Why not call Lynch Dental Center for a restorative dentistry consultation? For the River Forest location, call (708) 366-6411. For the Chicago, IL, office, phone (312) 263-3235.