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For most of us, dental decay and damage is an unavoidable part of life, and it can be incredibly frustrating, particularly if you are doing everything in your power to keep them at bay.
Nevertheless, trying to maintain the health and longevity of our teeth is essential. Not only are our teeth responsible for helping us to eat and speak, but their health has been linked to the development of various medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart disease.
When you attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your mouth will be given a thorough examination. This provides your dentist with an opportunity to assess the health and condition of your teeth, and spot anything that may look like a potential dental problem early, before it develops into something much more difficult, and expensive to treat.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team at PGA Dentistry Jupiter are able to offer a comprehensive dental crown and bridge services - two of the most common restorative treatments for minor to moderate dental damage or decay.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that sit over the top of teeth that are badly damaged or decayed. When they are in place, they restore the strength, appearance and functionality of the affected tooth. Crowns can also be used to form the visible part of the tooth in dental implants, or to secure a dental bridge in place.
We will normally recommend a dental crown if:
- you require a filling larger than your tooth can support
- you have a fractured tooth
- you have a tooth that is weak and at risk of breaking
- your tooth is severely eroded or misshapen
- your tooth is discolored due to trauma
If you have several missing teeth in the same arch, you will almost certainly be referred for a dental bridge.
Fitting a crown requires two visits to our offices. During the first, your affected tooth will be filed down (or if it is not big enough to support the crown, built up) so that the new crown will fit perfectly over the top. Then, moulds and images of your teeth will be taken, which will be used to create the custom-fit crown. You will be given a temporary crown until the final version is ready. During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the permanent one.
Crowns can be made in a variety of materials including metal, porcelain fused to metal and 100% ceramic. Many more patients are now choosing porcelain varieties as these can be color-matched to your existing teeth, making them discreet as well as functional.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are most commonly recommended when a patient has several missing teeth. Gaps in your smile can pose a significant risk to your dental health, as not only can your teeth shift position to take advantage of the space, but when gaps open up between them, these are more likely to trap periodontal-disease causing bacteria. You may also experience problems with your bite.
The function of a bridge is to span the gap, filling it with crowns that look and function the same as your natural teeth would. Bridges are secured by anchoring them to the natural teeth either side of the gaps. These teeth become known as abutment teeth, and must be strong and healthy for a bridge to be secure. If they are deemed to weak, or if they weaken over time, your dentist may suggest an alternative such as dental implants.
We are committed to providing outstanding restorative dental services to our patients. If you would like to find out more about dental crowns or bridges, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, call our office today at 772-778-5550.
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