Dental Crowns And Bridges

dental bridges and crowns by TLC Dentistry dunedin floridaWhy Choose A Dental Crown Or Bridge?

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

How Does A Dental Crown Work?

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
• Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
• Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
• Restore a fractured tooth
• Attach a bridge
• Cover a dental implant
• Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth

How Does A Dental Bridge Work?

Cosmetic dental bridges are used to fill a space that may have fallen out by disease or even injury. It is a
Device that is made out of natural looking materials made to look like your natural tooth color. It consists of a filler tooth which is attached to surrounding dental crowns. Upon completion, the dental bridge is bonded into the mouth. Dental bridges help to prevent shifting of the teeth and jaw problems that may occur from missing teeth.

Process of A Dental Bridge

Only two trips are typically required to TLC Dentistry when a patient requires dental bridges. The first visit will consist of numbing the surrounding teeth using a local anesthetic. An impression is then created using a customized mold. The impression may take up to two weeks so patients are given a temporary bridge made of acrylic resin.
During the second office visit, the temporary dental bridge is removed and replaced with a permanent one. The proper fit and bite will be adjusted and the dental bridge will then be permanently bonded.

Please call our office today at (727)-785-2467 or contact us for a consultation about the type of procedure you are looking into.

Learn About Crowns / Bridges

There are a few types of dental bridges. A cantilever dental bridge is typically used when there are missing teeth that are positioned right next to one another on the same side of the space where the missing tooth. This is a fixed dental bridge and is secured using two dental crowns that fit over your existing teeth.
Another type of dental bridge is a “Maryland” dental bridge. This is a composite bond and typically used when the front teeth are in need of replacement. The filler tooth (pontic) is secured to bands that are bonded to the teeth supporting the bridge. A white-colored composite resin is then used to hide the bands.

Top 3 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry By TLC Dentistry

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Restores Lost Teeth / Supports Remaining Teeth

These teeth look natural and bridge the gap where original teeth are lost. A bridge is capped by two crowns on each end.

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Helps Prevent Further Decay

A bridge treatment may be right for you. This process will prevent further gum decay and prevent gum disease.

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Improves Speech, Smile, And Chewing Ability

No longer will you need to worry about shifting of your teeth or tilting of any adjacent teeth.

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TLC Dentistry Practices Gentle Dentistry With A Holistic Approach

Dr. Rawa specializes in dental crowns and bridges and is known around the U.S. as being a top cosmetic dentist in Dunedin Fl
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