Restore Your Smile with Crowns and Bridges
At Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, NJ, Dr. Mark Docktor uses crowns and bridges to restore smiles! Crowns and bridges are custom ceramic restorations made to replace damaged teeth and blend in perfectly with your natural smile.
If a tooth has been compromised by decay or trauma like a chip, it can be saved with a crown. After any decay is drilled away, the remaining tooth is sculpted so a crown will fit snugly over it to strengthen and protect it.
Molds are taken of the sculpted teeth to ensure a perfect fit for the restoration. You wear a temporary tooth cap while your custom crown is fabricated.
A dental bridge is a custom crown that can actually replace missing teeth. Teeth on either side of the missing tooth are sculpted down for crowns to fit and the bridge creates a replacement tooth in the gap.
Crowns and bridges can also be used in conjunction with dental implants to replace teeth. A titanium post is implanted in the jaw bone and then heals for a period of weeks while a process called osseointegration takes place. Your jaw bone fuses to the implant, making it strong. You wear a temporary tooth cap while the implant heals and your custom crown is fabricated.
To care for any crowns and bridges you have, keeping up a great oral hygiene routine is important. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Make sure you floss in the area of the crown or bridge and remove all debris from around the restoration. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect your new dental work.
If you have a tooth that has been compromised by decay or trauma, your Englewood, NJ, dentist can recommend which method of tooth replacement will be right for you.
Dr. Docktor of Dental Arts of Englewood places crowns and bridges to restore smiles for patients with missing or compromised teeth. Contact us for an appointment in Englewood, NJ, at (201) 894-9998.