Visiting the dentist for crowns is a bit like getting a brand new set of teeth. A dental crown, also called a cap, is designed to wrap tightly around your natural tooth to reinforce and improve functioning and appearance.
Specific reasons why patients might need a dental crown:
- To hide advanced tooth decay or a tooth with very large, visible filling.
- To camouflage a broken, worn, discolored or disfigured tooth – a dental crown can cover it.
- To support a dental bridge.
- To sustain dental implants and restore the natural functioning of lost teeth.
- After a root canal – a dental crown can be used to protect a vulnerable tooth.
When You Visit the Dentist for Crowns
The first thing Dr. Thomas will do is x-ray your teeth to see if your tooth roots and bone can sustain a dental crown. If you have advanced tooth decay, he may suggest a root canal before he can place the dental crown.
Once Dr. Thomas feels you are ready for a dental crown, you will come to the office on two separate days to complete the dental crown procedure.
- Dr. Thomas numbs your tooth and gums so you don’t feel any discomfort.
- Your tooth is gently shaped on the sides and chewing surface to make room for the dental crown.
- Dr. Thomas captures an impression of your new tooth and a new dental crown is customized in about three weeks.
- When your dental crown is ready, Dr. Thomas takes another look at your gums to make sure they are ready to receive and support the new dental crown.
- Your new dental crown is put securely into place – you’re all done!
Dental Bridges in Abington, MA
Dental bridges fill in the spaces and gaps between missing teeth. Basically, bridges are a set number of artificial teeth that Dr. Thomas will center and attach to the natural teeth on either side. Bridges also stop cheeks from hollowing, a common side effect of missing teeth, so that the teeth are less likely to move out of place.
If Dr. Thomas thinks you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, you will come to the office on two separate days to complete the procedure. Here’s what you can expect:
- Dr. Thomas will prepare the supporting teeth (the abutments) by removing the enamel and reshaping them to accommodate the dental crowns.
- The next step is to take an impression so that it can be used to create your custom bridge, a process that takes about three weeks.
- Dr. Thomas will fit you with a temporary bridge that covers the exposed teeth and gums until your bridge is ready.
- Dr. Thomas will take another look at your gums to make sure they are in good shape and ready to receive and support the dental bridge.
- The dental bridge is fitted and cemented into place.