When tooth loss strikes, your dentist in Green Bay has great solutions--beautiful porcelain crowns and individually-crafted bridgework. If you have smile gaps, if you anticipate extractions of one or more teeth, or if a particular tooth is failing, come for a consultation at Green Bay Family Dentistry. Dr. Adam Pasono has your personal appearance and oral function in mind; he can fully restore your smile. Learn more here about crowns and bridges in Green Bay.
What is a dental crown?
Often called a cap, a dental crown is shaped just like a natural tooth and fully covers and protects tooth enamel damaged by:
- Tooth decay
- Dental abscess (infection)
- Multiple fillings
- Odd shape
- Deep stains which don't respond to professional whitening
While placing a dental crown is not difficult or painful, it does take time and skill. Dr. Pasono needs one dental appointment to prepare a tooth to receive a crown and to send instructions and oral impressions to a dental lab in the area. Then, during a subsequent appointment, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and bonds the new porcelain crown in place. Some crowns are made completely from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold (the most durable material).
A versatile restoration, the dental crown often restores a dental implant, or it provides support for fixed bridgework. With good oral hygiene habits and regular in-office care, crowns last for many years--up to 10 or more.
Your dentist recommends that you avoid chewing ice and other hard or sticky foods as they can crack most any restoration or dislodge it. Additionally, if you grind your teeth, wear a protective mouth guard to protect your crown and other restorations.
What is a bridge?
Fixed bridgework spans the gap created by the loss of one or more adjacent teeth. The porcelain false teeth, or pontics, are supported by dental crowns affixed to neighboring natural teeth on either side of the gap.
The American College of Prosthodontists says that single crowns are the most frequently placed dental restorations. However, fixed bridgework, whether supported by crowns or by dental implants, are common as well, helping people avoid problems associated with missing teeth.
Why use crowns or bridges in Green Bay?
Frankly, if a dentist extracts one or more teeth because of disease or injury, the patient's oral health and personal appearance suffer. Teeth surrounding a smile gap drift toward the empty socket, thus becoming weaker and less attractive. So a bridge not only normalizes appearance but supports the remaining healthy teeth, too.
Crowns also cover and protect individual teeth that have large fillings, extensive decay, and cracks or have undergone root canal therapy. They blend with the rest of the person's smile, and they create a seamlessly realistic look above the gum line.
Find out more
Come to Green Bay Family Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Adam Pasono. He'll explain what prosthetic will serve your needs best and also give you the details of the process. Call (920) 432-8492 for an appointment.