Crowns and bridges—sound dental solutions in Woburn, MA
Dental techniques are continually evolving, but some of the most reliable solutions to dental problems have a long history. Crowns and bridges are perfect examples. For many years, dentists have been using these methods to restore smiles and chewing function. The Four Corners Dental Care team in Woburn, MA utilizes current technologies and materials for restorations that look beautifully natural and provide great functionality.
Dental crowns—a versatile treatment option
Each tooth in your mouth has a natural crown—the portion of a tooth that extends beyond the gum tissue. The crown has several demanding jobs. Depending on where the tooth is in your mouth, it allows you to bite into, tear, or grind food into digestible bits. Crowns protect the inner structure of teeth, including the delicate pulp and nerve at the core. Crowns also help you speak clearly and support your lips for an attractive facial appearance.
You can see how important it is to restore a natural crown if it becomes damaged. A dental crown is a sturdy restoration shaped just like your tooth; however, it is hollow inside. The crown fits over a prepared tooth and is cemented in place for stability. Dental crowns are usually made of tooth-colored porcelain, which is indistinguishable from natural dentition. However, economical stainless-steel crowns may be used on “baby teeth,” and some patients prefer gold crowns (particularly for molars at the back of the mouth that aren’t likely to show in the smile).
Here are some of the circumstances in which dental crowns are used:
- To cover an area of decay or broken piece that is too large for the tooth to be repaired with composite bonding (filling) material.
- To cover a tooth that has a large filling, for additional support.
- To protect a tooth with fractures, so there isn’t further breakage.
- To strengthen a tooth that has had root canal therapy, which may leave natural structures brittle.
- To restore the appearance and function of teeth that are worn down.
- As the final step in replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant.
- For aesthetic improvement of a tooth with unusual shape or size, enamel imperfections, or deep discoloration such as from medications or trauma.
Dental crowns are also essential components of a dental bridge.
Dr. Moutevelis and his team at Four Corners Dental Care to help solve dental related issues.
Dental bridge tooth replacement
With 32 teeth in your mouth, you might wonder why it is so imperative to replace one that gets knocked out or must be extracted. It is because your teeth are designed to act as a team. They support one another so that you can breathe properly, eat the foods you love, and communicate.
When a tooth is lost, it does not take long for its companions to go crooked. This is the body’s attempt to fill the space, thus minimizing the impact on oral function. Crooked teeth are tough to keep clean. Food particles get trapped in gaps and overlaps, increasing your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Bite—how upper and lower teeth come together when you chew—is affected, too. You may develop TMJ problems or find that otherwise healthy teeth are showing unusual wear.
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth with an artificial one. Actually, several consecutive missing teeth can be replaced with a bridge. They are anchored securely in position by crowns placed over teeth on either side of the space. In some cases, dental implants can be used to moor the bridge so that healthy teeth don’t have to be reduced for crowns.
Why choose Four Corners Dental Care in Woburn, MA for your dental crowns and bridges?
The materials used for dental crowns and bridges are strong and durable and resist stains. Yet good oral hygiene is essential to avoid decay or gum disease in the vicinity of the restorations. Don’t worry—the hygiene team at Four Corners Dental Care will show you how to get the margin of a dental crown extra clean and how to floss around your bridge. With good care, these restorations can last many years.
Dr. George Moutevelis is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and has repeatedly earned America’s Top Dentist honors. He has more than three decades of experience caring for smiles in the Woburn, MA area with time-tested techniques such as dental crowns and bridges.