Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist. Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances. Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place. Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown. Learn more about crowns.
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Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment:
Most people are aware of common side effects of cancer treatment like nausea and hair loss. But many don’t realize that more than one-third of people treated for cancer develop complications that affect the mouth. These problems may interfere with cancer treatment and diminish the patient’s quality of life. Head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, and blood and marrow transplantation can cause oral complications ranging from dry mouth to life threatening infections. We would like to take some of the worry away from patients that are undergoing chemotherapy treatment by offering free cleanings and exams while you are in treatment. Please call us today and we will be happy to help you schedule your appointment.
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We can’t begin to imagine the sacrifices you are making to fight for our freedom. As a small thank you from our Crowns Now family we would like to offer you free cleaning and exam while you are at home on leave.
All CROWNS $699
We are pleased to offer Crowns at $699 & IMPLANTS at $995 to all Crowns Now patients. ONE Day crowns are computer generated and a completely different way of crowns than what you are accustomed to. Just as the name says, it is accomplished in about ONE hour in ONE visit. You get a QUALITY crown for around half the price of traditional ones. There’s no temporary to wear, no need to lose more time away from work making multiple appointments, and the best part of all, you leave after ONE appointment with your permanent crown. We also offer traditional crowns that require 2 visits; these are only $699 as well! Now, more than ever, people are realizing the alternative of Implants versus Bridges and Dentures. If you’re replacing one, or even all of your teeth, you DO have a choice.
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