A crown or bridge can prevent damaged or missing teeth from causing severe complications for your oral health. Frank Pappas, DDS, Dean H. Cherpelis, DDS, and the skilled team at Bell Family Dental PC, located in Bayside, Queens, have extensive experience with crowns and bridges and use them to address a variety of concerns, such as broken teeth, misshapen teeth, and multiple missing teeth. To schedule a consultation for a bridge or crown call the New York City office, or request an appointment online.
A crown, also called a cap, provides protection and restores function for a damaged tooth. The crown looks like a real tooth and permanently covers the damaged tooth.
A bridge fills the space left by one or more missing teeth. The device includes one or more crowns held in place with metal anchors that attach to the existing teeth on each side of the space. Sometimes, when many teeth are missing, a bridge anchors to dental implants rather than the original teeth.
Your experienced dentist at Bell Family Dental PC may recommend a crown to address the following:
Dental implants, which replace missing teeth, involve attaching a crown to a metal post installed in the jawbone.
When you have missing teeth, it can prevent you from chewing and speaking normally and may change the shape of your face and the look of your smile. Missing teeth can contribute to gum disease, and your remaining teeth could shift into the empty space, eventually leading to a bite imbalance and problems with your jaw, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.
The team at Bell Family Dental PC usually places crowns and bridges over two separate visits. At your first appointment, your dentist prepares your teeth to receive the crown or bridge and makes an impression of teeth, which the lab uses to fabricate your permanent crown. You wear a temporary stainless steel crown or bridge for a few weeks until your permanent device is ready.
At the next visit, your dentist places the crown or bridge, checks the fit for comfort, and makes sure you can bite and chew normally with the device in place. Then they use a dental adhesive to permanently bond it into place.
To find out if a crown or bridge can solve your dental issues, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with a skilled dentist at Bell Family Dental PC. Call the office today or request an appointment online.