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How a Crown and Dental Bridge Can Piece Together Your Smile

For some patients, a tooth becomes so severely damaged from decay, that it cannot be restored with a filling because the area is too large. These cases are usually fixed with a dental crown. And if severe decay leads to tooth loss, there is another option to replace missing teeth when teeth exist on either side of the space—it’s called a dental bridge. Crowns and bridges are offered at Drs. Dunkling and Penney’s dental practice in Jericho and Burlington.
 
Both crowns and bridges fit over the affected teeth. The teeth are prepared for the crown or bridge by being trimmed down so that the crown or bridge will fit. Your dental bridge or crown will reflect the size, shape, and look of a normal tooth, as well as give you full function for eating, smiling and talking. 

Dental Crowns

Dental CrownsDental crowns are also known as a “cap,” which covers your damaged tooth. It is cemented in place and is a perfect replacement for your normal tooth. The cap is created with our CEREC technology, which makes the crown in office from a 3D imaging system. You will get your crown placed on the same day! CEREC crowns benefits include:

  • Hi-tech accuracy
  • Single-visit convenience
  • Natural tooth color
  • Metal free – no silver fillings
  • Exceptionally detailed for long-lasting, natural results
  • Preserves more healthy tooth material

A crown is needed for:

  • Replacing a large filling
  • Protecting a weak tooth from further chipping or breaking
  • Restoring a fractured/cracked tooth
  • Covering a poorly shaped tooth or a discolored tooth
  • To attach a dental bridge
  • To protect and restore a tooth that has had a root canal
  • To cover a dental implant
No matter what the reason, CEREC crowns are well worth it. Your tooth will be stronger and more stable, and will give a new smile for the better.

Dental Bridge

Dental BridgesMissing a tooth or having a gap in your teeth can be stressful and can make you self-conscious. Talking and chewing can also be difficult. A dental bridge is an option to fix the gap. A dental bridge can help you by:
  • Restoring the ability to chew and speak properly
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Distributing the forces in your bite to alleviate stress on other teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position and into the gap
A dental bridge actually “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges are cemented to your teeth adjacent to the unoccupied space. The adjacent teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. They are then trimmed down and capped with a crown, while a replacement tooth is attached to the crowns to form the bridge. It is then firmly cemented to your teeth.
 
Chewing and smiling will be simple again with these new dental appliances. Contact our office today to learn more about crowns and bridges or to schedule an appointment.
 
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