Crowns and Bridges
Although crowns and bridges are common dental restorations, many patients don’t know what to expect when Dr. Teuscher tells them they need either one of them. He may recommend a crown to treat the following problems:
- Fractured tooth
- Covering for a dental implant
- Attachment for a bridge
- Misshapen or discolored tooth
- As part of root canal treatment
- Filling replacement when a large part of a tooth is missing
Getting a dental crown is a more conservative form of treatment than extracting or replacing a tooth. Dr. Teuscher will usually try this approach first except in severe cases.
Receiving a Dental Crown
A crown sits above your gum line and becomes its new outer surface. It may be constructed from porcelain or metal. At your first appointment with Two Rivers Dentistry, Dr. Teuscher takes X-rays of your tooth and bone. If an infection is present, you will need a root canal before getting your new dental crown. He will need to file a small portion of tooth enamel in the case of bulky teeth or add filling material if part of your tooth is missing. Any of these steps may require an additional appointment.
Your dentist then takes an impression of your tooth using special dental putty. Once our laboratory receives it, you can expect to wait approximately two weeks for it to come back. However, we can provide you with a temporary crown until then. Dr. Teuscher cements your crown in place when you return for your next appointment.
People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, including disease, trauma, and decay. This obviously changes your appearance, but having even one missing tooth also affects your alignment. This may lead to the following:
- Bite issues
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Sagging of your face
A dental bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of it to hold a replacement tooth in place. These are the most common types of dental bridges:
- Cantilever: Dr. Teuscher chooses this type when only one nearby tooth is available to act as an anchor. This is most common for back teeth or when neighboring teeth are too weak to hold the bridge in place.
- Fixed: This involves placing a crown on both ends with the artificial teeth going between them. The new teeth sit on your gum line. A fixed bridge can go anywhere in the mouth.
- Maryland (Resin-Bonded): These replacement teeth go over larger gaps in your mouth. To place this bridge, your dentist attaches metal bands to the teeth on either side of the gap. It is a good choice for front teeth because the supportive hardware is hidden behind the teeth.
Dental bridges are typically constructed from porcelain, gold, or alloy. Dr. Teuscher will make a recommendation based on your current oral health, budget, and preferences. Some people prefer this dental restoration when they are only missing one or a few teeth while others would rather have dentures or a dental implant. We are happy to discuss all of your options when you visit Two Rivers Dentistry for a consultation.