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By Green Bay Family Dentistry
May 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you concerned about an unattractive, damaged, or missing tooth? Dental crowns offered by your Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry, will help you restore and enhance your smile.

How dental crowns and bridges improve your smile

Thanks to crowns and bridges, it's possible to correct any issues that affect the appearance or function of your teeth. Crowns, or caps, fit over the very tops of teeth, covering them on all four sides. The hollow restorations are often made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials not only look just like tooth enamel but can withstand years of wear and tear.

Crowns are cemented onto teeth that have been reduced in size. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. During a visit to the Green Bay dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • You broke your tooth: Crowns replace lost tooth structure and restore the natural shape and height of your tooth. Adding a crown also covers sharp edges that can cut your mouth.
  • Your tooth is cracked or weak: Cracks weaken your tooth, making it more likely to break if you bite into a piece of fruit or sandwich. Teeth can also become fragile due to aging, root canal therapy, or large fillings. Crowns strengthen weak teeth and reduce the risk of a break.
  • Your tooth is unattractive: Crowns lengthen teeth that are naturally short or that have shortened due to wear and tear or grinding and clenching your teeth at night. They can also hide discolorations and imperfections and change the shape of crooked, pointed, or twisted teeth.

Crowns are an integral part of bridges, dental appliances that restore one or two missing teeth. Bridges are made up of artificial teeth connected to dental crowns on either end. The crown portions of the bridge are cemented onto supporting teeth that anchor the bridge firmly in place.

Bridges aren't the only way to replace missing teeth. Combining a crown with a dental implant creates a brand new tooth that feels just like the tooth you lost. Your dental implant is a synthetic root that bonds to your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for your crown.

Renew your smile with dental crowns and bridges! Call your dentist in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry, at (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if these restorations have what it takes to give you that gorgeous smile.restorative dentistry

It’s important that you understand the dental treatment you are getting before you get it. Our Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono, believes that everyone should be informed about the dentistry they receive so they can make smart decisions regarding their oral health. Find out how crowns and bridges work and whether they could be right for you.

How do crowns and bridges work?

Most people know what crowns are but not everyone realizes that they can also be used to support a dental bridge, a fixed dental restoration designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row.

A crown is a custom-made hollow restoration that looks just like the crown of a tooth. It is meant to fit entirely over the visible portion of a tooth to strengthen and improve the tooth’s functionality and appearance. A crown is often placed over a tooth that has become weak or damaged by decay, infection or trauma.

If a tooth has become cracked or fractured, a crown may be placed over it to prevent further damage. Of course, crowns can also be used for strictly cosmetic purposes. If a tooth is severely misshapen or discolored a crown can easily improve its overall appearance.

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is used to fill the gap left by your missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns on each end and a false tooth (also called a pontic) in the middle. The crowns are placed over the natural teeth that surround the gap to support and stabilize the bridge.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

These restorations are made from the very best materials and our goal as your Green Bay general dentist is to make sure that you have a restoration that lasts as long as possible. Of course, you also have to do your part to make sure that you maintain good oral hygiene and that you come in for routine cleanings and exams to check the restoration. With the proper care, your crown or bridge could last up to 15 years (or more).

Are you interested in finding out more about the dental services we offer in Green Bay, WI? Our dentist would be happy to sit down with you and find out how we can improve the health and appearance of your smile. Call Green Bay Family Dentistry today.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When tooth loss strikes, your dentist in Green Bay has great solutions--beautiful porcelain crowns and individually-crafted bridgework. If dental crownsyou 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:

  • Fracture
  • 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.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Having a smile you love is important. However, getting there may take some work. Luckily, crowns and bridges can restore your missing, dental crowndamaged, or otherwise compromised teeth to get it into tip-top shape. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI.

Why do I need a crown?
Crowns are necessary when a tooth becomes damaged, injured, or broken. If this occurs, the tooth is more vulnerable to further damage and can begin to hurt. Additionally, an untreated broken tooth could lead to extraction if left untreated. A dental crown fits over the tooth to prevent this damage from happening and stabilizes the tooth against everyday use.

Why do I need a bridge?
A dental bridge fills a gap between two healthy teeth. The bridge itself has dental crowns on either side to hold it in place using the healthy teeth as anchors. Made from porcelain, the bridge closely resembles the natural teeth and blends into your smile to fill in your gap. Your dentist can help you determine if a bridge is right for you and your smile.

The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Aside from making your smile whole, filling in your gaps with a dental bridge will help keep the teeth surrounding the gap from shifting to compensate for the new space in the mouth. Dental crowns stabilize the tooth, keeping it intact and preserving its natural structure. This prevents issues related to extracting the tooth altogether, such as bone atrophy.

Crowns and Bridges in Green Bay, WI
Before placing a crown or bridge, your dentist will first shape the tooth into the correct form to fit inside the crown. This process involves removing parts of the tooth’s enamel from the top and sides of the tooth. Your dentist will then make any necessary last-minute changes to the crown and affix it to the tooth using dental cement.

Since the crown or bridge will require a dental laboratory to create it, you will need to schedule two separate dental appointments with about two weeks between them to give the laboratory time to create the restoration.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI. Call (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment for a crown or bridge consultation today!