What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are false teeth that can be utilized to “cap” a damaged tooth or can be connected to an implant in the event of losing a permanent tooth. If a circumstance arises (chipped/ fractured tooth, decay, or cracked tooth), we will plan on getting the tooth ready for complete coverage with an all ceramic crown. We scan the tooth digitally and send it over to the lab to fabricate a custom made crown for you. What makes crowns so unique is the way that they are specially designed for each patient. They will match the size, shape and color of the surrounding teeth.

What are Bridges?

Dental bridges  are utilized to replace at least one missing tooth by literally “bridging” the space between the rest of the teeth.

Much like permanent crowns, permanent bridges are anchored in with the help of the neighboring teeth next to the missing tooth/teeth.  We only use high  quality porcelain/ceramic material to design  dental bridges. We utilize our digital scanner to scan the neighboring teeth and your bite so that lab can make a bridge with which you can chew, talk, smile, like you used to, and it lasts a long time. It is very important for you to get regular cleanings and keep the prosthesis clean by brushing and flossing.

Common Problems

While crowns and bridges are ideal in some instances, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes pain and/or discomfort can continue afterwards. It’s perfectly normal to experience some discomfort but if it becomes persistent or severe you may want to give us a call. Theses are some of the most common problems after getting a crown or bridge:

1. It doesn’t fit right

Sometimes, the crown can be slightly tall and your biting surface changes. Your mouth will notice the smallest difference. All you have to do is call us and get an adjustment. We can adjust the crown so that you can bite and chew comfortably.

2. Sore Gum Tissue

Having sore gums is  normal and expected after getting a new bridge or crown. It takes some time for a new crown to settle in. Your gums may feel tender but usually the sensitivity goes away after a dew  days.  Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day helps, as salt is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, which will soothe your gums.

3. Your Nerve is Inflamed

If after having a crown, you experience severe hot/cold sensitivity, it can mean that irreversible damage to your tooth has taken place (due to extensive decay or loss of tooth structure). We usually want to see if that's the case before we seat your permanent crown. If the tooth has a large area of decay, we prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown for some time and see whether you have any nerve related symptoms. We will discuss your treatment options once we test the tooth and check for vitality.

4. Grinding Teeth

Bruxism”, more commonly referred to as “teeth grinding” is another common factor when it comes to discomfort and pain. Most of the time bruxism occurs subconsciously and people do not even realize they grind their teeth. Teeth grinding can cause pain and damage to your crown/bridge. Talk to us if this is a concern for you, and we can diagnose and discuss custom made night guards with you.

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