When you have missing or damaged teeth, crowns and bridges are viable options to restore your smile. At Willoughby Dental in downtown Brooklyn, New York, Ezra Trachtenberg, DMD, provides both bridges and crowns to enhance your appearance. Both appliances improve the look of your smile and protect your teeth and mouth. To get more information on crowns and bridges, call the Willoughby Dental office today, or request a consultation on the website.
Dental crowns are custom caps that fit over your teeth to protect them or improve imperfections. A lab makes crowns from hard materials like porcelain, ceramic, metals, and resins.
Dr. Trachtenberg recommends crowns when you have damage to your teeth that a filling won’t fix. Severe tooth decay or injuries can result in the need for a dental crown. You may also need a crown if you:
Dr. Trachtenberg also uses crowns to hold dental bridges in place.
A dental crown looks exactly like a natural tooth and fits right over the top of the existing tooth. Dr. Trachtenberg reshapes your natural tooth to allow the crown to fit snugly over the top. The crown is cemented in place to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere.
A dental bridge is an appliance used when you have one or more missing teeth. The bridge contains false teeth that appear natural, and Dr. Trachtenberg secures it in place.
On either side of the bridge is a crown. The crowns provide the bridge stability and look like your other teeth.
For a dental bridge to work, the teeth around the bridge must be healthy. Your teeth have to be free of decay and be able to have crowns placed for the structure of the bridge.
A dental bridge is necessary when you’re missing teeth. Without false teeth to fill the gap, you could have issues biting, chewing, and pain in that area.
The lifespan of your bridge depends on the overall health of your remaining teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential for your bridge to last.
Dr. Trachtenberg recommends you brush regularly, at least twice daily, when you have a bridge. Flossing is also essential to remove debris from between your teeth.
Regular cleaning visits are another crucial part of your overall dental health. When you have a bridge, Dr. Trachtenberg takes extra time during your appointment to inspect the bridge and crowns to ensure they’re in good shape.
Be careful with the bridge when eating, and don’t bite down on any hard foods or objects with the false tooth. If you take proper care of your bridge, it can last up to 10 years.
Call the Willoughby Dental office in Brooklyn today to book a consultation with Dr. Trachtenberg. You may also request an appointment on the website.