Dental Crowns and Bridges in Glen Cove
When it comes to dental crowns and bridges in Glen Cove, it can be tough for some persons to decide which is best for their needs. What is a simple solution? If you have a damaged tooth but it is still functional, a dental crown is your best choice. However, if you have teeth that are missing or damaged beyond repair, a dental bridge is the better option.
Who wants to live with gaps in their smile? No one! Who wants to feel self-conscious because of missing or damaged teeth? No one! Who wants to live with oral health problems such as pain, gum disease, and a misaligned bite? No one! Dr. Gaeta and his expert team have many options to take care of almost any dental problem you may be facing. Why not book an appointment now!
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most common types of implants available in dentistry today.
A dental crown is used to cap an individual’s damaged or decaying tooth. A dental crown can also be placed on top of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are metal fixtures, surgically fastened to your jawbone below the gums. These metal implants become anchored to your bone through osseointegration, a process where the bone fuses to the metal. This enables stable support you can rely on while eating and speaking. Porcelain is often used to make the dental crown and it is permanently cemented over the natural tooth to restore its appearance and function. While a person can have many individual crowns, each crown only covers one individual tooth and not multiple teeth. Dr. Gaeta may recommend a dental crown if you have any of the following problems:
- A large area of the center of the tooth is missing because of decay or damage
- A fractured or broken tooth is in danger of breaking
- The tooth is missing a cusp
Three or more connected dental crowns makes a dental bridge. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, Dr. Gaeta may suggest that you get a dental bridge. He would skillfully place the outside crowns of a dental bridge over the two teeth on each side of the gap left behind by the missing tooth, and the inner crowns would replace the missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are an excellent way to restore the appearance and function of your smile and prevent problems such as shifting teeth from occurring.
What to expect from the procedure of getting a dental crown and bridge.
When getting a crown
Firstly, you will get an anesthetic, so that you would not experience any discomfort or pain during the procedure. Dr. Gaeta will remove any damaged pulp from the tooth and then clean out the cavity. This provides a clean, healthy surface for the crown to be placed on the tooth. He will then take a dental impression of your teeth before attaching the temporary crown to the tooth.
In a few weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment when the permanent crown is ready. Dr. Gaeta will use a special dental cement that will permanently hold the cap to your tooth securely. After safely bonding the crown to the tooth, he will ensure that it matches the function and appearance of your teeth.
When getting a bridge
First of all, Dr. Gaeta will provide you with a local anesthetic to help you avoid any pain or discomfort that you would otherwise experience. Next, he will perform any necessary root canals or extractions. Then, he will take impressions of the necessary areas to create a bridge that fits into your mouth appropriately. Finally, he will give you a temporary bridge to wear until the permanent one is ready.
In a few weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment where you will come back in for your permanent bridge. Dr. Gaeta will perform any necessary modifications to the bridge before you leave to ensure that you have a perfect fit.
How long do dental crowns and bridges last?
Dental disease that causes tooth or bone loss is one of the reasons why dental crowns and bridges may loosen over time. Sometimes, simply chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects can cause damage and so dental crowns and bridges can become loose or fall out.
However, by practicing good oral hygiene, dental crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. Brush at least twice a day, floss or clean between your teeth with interdental brushes or water flossers at least once a day. This will certainly ensure long life. You can also consider using other helpful products like antimicrobial mouth rinses and tongue scrapers. Be sure to book Dr. Gaeta for regular cleanings – not only to keep your teeth pearly white and bacteria-free but also to check the health of your dental crown or bridge. Whether you decide on a crown or a bridge for your replacements, we can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.