Crowns and bridges are two of the most popular oral restoratives out there. Crowns are widely used to treat damaged, worn out, cracked, misshapen and excessively spaced teeth. On the other hand, bridges are used to replace missing teeth that would’ve been extracted due to issues such as oral trauma, gum diseases, cavities, etc.
At iSmile Digital Design Center, we use the best grade dental ceramic to fabricate our crowns and bridges. They offer excellent durability, strength, and longevity. Dr. Peng has treated numerous patients over her long-spanning career with an excellent success rate. This makes our practice one of the most sought-after ones in Columbus, OH.
What are crowns used for?
Broken teeth:Teeth may undergo cracks or fractures due to high impact forces such as bad falls of sports injuries. Leaving them untreated can expose the pulp in the root canal to the microbes in the mouth. We recommend getting such damaged teeth restored using crowns.
Chipped and misshapen teeth: Chipped teeth are the result of external trauma or chewing on something too hard. Misshapen teeth are the ones that are naturally out of shape. Crowns can be used to restore the shape of such teeth, thereby enhancing the appearance of the smile.
Worn-out teeth: Bruxism is a condition where the teeth undergo severe wear due to grinding. This can affect the functionality of the mouth as the biting surfaces would be worn out. They can be restored using dental crowns.
Excessive spaces: A wide dental arch or drifting of teeth can keep the teeth spaced too far apart. It is a type of malocclusion and makes the smile displeasing. Crowns can be bonded to the teeth to eliminate these excessive spaces.
Advantages of choosing crowns and bridges
- They are fabricated from dental-grade tooth-colored ceramic material. This makes them indistinguishable amidst the natural teeth.
- Failure of the teeth due to damage can be prevented by bonding crowns to them. A crown covers a tooth entirely and prevents crumbling.
- Bridges prevent the drifting of teeth that occurs when a tooth is extracted.
- You would be able to bite and chew food without any issues.
- They offer excellent durability and longevity. In fact, with proper care, crowns and bridges last for several years together.
How are crowns and bridges placed?
Prior to getting crowns and bridges, the dentist would conduct a thorough screening of the teeth and determine the severity of the condition. Scans and x-rays may be taken to map out the position of the teeth and to check for damage. A digital mold of the teeth will be taken to fabricate the restorations. Until then, a temporary restoration may be used in its place.
During the next visit, the temporary restoration will be removed, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly, and the permanent one will be placed on the teeth. Before it is fixed in position, the fit and comfort will be checked. Dental adhesives will be used to firmly bond it to the teeth, after which, a bite test will be conducted. The restoration may be polished to give it the right luster.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (614) 459-3229 to have a consultation with our dentist and we’ll be able to guide you further.