A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
-To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
-To hold a dental bridge in place
-To cover a dental implant
-To make a cosmetic modification
Dental bridges bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
-Restore your smile
-Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
-Maintain the shape of your face
-Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Post-Operative Instructions Following – Crown & Bridge
While wearing a temporary crown or bridge:
You will wear temporary restorations until your permanent restoration is made
It is normal for the gum around the tooth to be tender for a day or two. If the tenderness persists any longer than two days, please call the office immediately so we can check the temporary restoration and make any needed corrections.
If the temporary restoration comes loose or breaks, please call us. If the temporary restoration is off for even a short time, the tooth can shift position and cause the final restoration to not fit well.
Please avoid eating with the temporary restoration as much as possible.
Carefully clean around the restoration with a toothbrush and floss every day. When you do floss, pull the floss carefully out the side to avoid pulling the restoration off. In certain cases, we may advise you not to floss the area until your final restoration is delivered.
Avoid sticky foods and chewing gum on the temporary restoration to avoid pulling it off.
Slight discomfort, sensitivity and tenderness are possible after a tooth has had dental treatment, but if any of these persist for more than a day or two, please call the office.
After the permanent restoration has been delivered:
Chewing: Do not chew hard foods on the restorations for 24 hour from the time they were cemented. The cement must mature for about 24 hours to have optimum strength.
Sensitivity: Mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods is common. It should disappear gradually over a few weeks. Infrequently, sensitivity lasts longer than six weeks. Please tell us if this occurs.
Aggressive chewing: Do not chew ice or other hard objects. Avoid chewing very sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies because they can damage or loosen the restoration.