A dental bridge is a false tooth that’s used to replace a missing one. The false tooth is fused between two porcelain crowns. The crowns are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, and the false tooth is suspended between them, like a bridge. Bridges must be properly maintained by regular brushing and flossing, but they will last upwards of ten years or more.
If spaces between teeth are left unfilled, they can cause damage to your other teeth. Your other teeth may drift out of position. Additionally, there is an increased susceptibility for decay and gum disease in those other teeth.
Dental bridges usually require two visits- during the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth for the bridge. A mild anesthetic is applied to your mouth, and your dentist will clear an area surrounding the teeth on each side of the space, to accommodate for the thickness of the bridge. During this first procedure, the dentist will take an impression of the prepared area. This impression is sent to a lab, where the bridge and crowns will be made. While this is being done, a temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth. This temporary bridge serves to protect your teeth and gums.
In about 4 weeks you will go back to the dentist for your second appointment. Your temporary bridge will be replaced with the new, permanent bridge. After being checked and adjusted, your new bridge will then be bonded in place.
The goal is to achieve a bright smile without forsaking a natural look. Typically, your front teeth are the whitest, your eye teeth are the darkest, and molars are a shade between the two. How white your bridge will become varies depending upon the current condition and structure of your natural teeth.
Dental Bonding is a procedure used to correct dental gaps, chips, cracks, and a wide variety of other cosmetic dental problems. The bonding typically lasts 3 to 10 years, depending on how much bonding is done. It involves a resin which is applied to teeth and then hardened. This causes the resin to bond to the tooth, thus correcting the smile.
Dental Bonding is often used when a patient has:
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Teeth with gaps or spaces
Dental Bonding requires very little advanced preparation. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, which can be painful. During the first step of the bonding procedure, the surface of the tooth will be roughened – this helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The resin is then applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape before it’s hardened. Afterwards, your dentist will further trim and shape the resin, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Bonding is best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure, such as front teeth.
Bonded teeth can occasionally chip, so you should avoid:
- Biting your fingernails
- Chewing on pens, ice, or hard food objects
- Using your bonded teeth as tools or as a bottle opener.
Dental Bonding will leave you with satisfied with well-repaired, natural-looking teeth. Dr. Lawlor is an expert in Dental Bonding – the end result will be very natural looking in terms of size, shape, and color. Bonding is a safe, simple procedure – you’ll be enjoying your new smile sooner than you think!
A dental crown is a device which covers a tooth in order to either strengthen or repair a decayed or broken tooth. Crowns completely cover the visible area of a tooth, creating a brand new outer surface.
What is the crown application procedure like?
The crown application procedure depends on which crown you will be receiving. For a Cerec crown, Dr. Lawlor will take images of the tooth that we will be working on before designing your crown. While you relax in our chair your Cerec crown is made and permanently cemented in. No worries about dealing with a temporary crown for a couple weeks or taking the time off of work for another appointment!
There are typically three steps to applying a crown when we are unable to make a Cerec crown. First, a mold is taken of the tooth which will be crowned. The mold is sent to a laboratory, and used to create the crown. Before a crown can be placed, a filling must be put in place to stabilize the tooth structure from any further decay.
In the interim period between the first and second appointment, a temporary crown will be placed in your mouth. The color of the cement affects the color of the crown, so great care must be taken to select the cement which fits in naturally among the color of the rest of your teeth.
In the second part of the procedure, the crown is bonded to the tooth or teeth. The dentist uses water or glycerin to place the crown onto the teeth. This non-permanent attachment is to check the crowns fit, shade and color. Once the correct color is determined, the crown is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the crown and the tooth before being hardened.
Crowns require regular brushing and flossing, just like real teeth. Also, anything that can chip a real teeth can potentially also chip a ceramic crown.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They’re made from a resin that incorporates either porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are many types of dentures, but all types are custom-made specifically for your mouth. If you’ve lost or are losing your teeth, dentures are an option. If you’ve only lost some teeth, and your remaining teeth are healthy, partial dentures may be your way to a great smile. Sometimes dental bridges or dental implants are better alternative. Your cosmetic dentist will help you determine which procedure is best for you.
Dentures do take some getting used to. There are initial, temporary speech issues to overcome. Mouth irritation or sores may occur, but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene and not removing your dentures when needed. Your mouth may change over the life of your dentures, so there will be times when your dentures will probably need to be changed as well.