One of the biggest benefits of dental bridges is that they are permanent. Unlike a partial bridge, you don’t have to remove your bridge when you sleep or take it out to clean it. Your bridge will be permanently attached to two of your healthy teeth, and it will likely last at least 10-15 years.
Bridges take a little while to get used to, but after you’ve received your bridge, you may forget it’s there until it’s time to clean your teeth. Your bridge will never shift or move, and the advanced lab-made, porcelain bridges we use at Vivid Smiles look and feel just like real teeth.
Unlike dental implants, there’s no need for major surgery when you get dental implants. While some enamel must be trimmed from your healthy teeth, this process causes no pain or discomfort, and does not have a lengthy recovery time.
Dental crowns are most commonly used to treat a cavity that is too large and extensive to repair with a filling. Crowns can also be used to restore teeth if a previous filling has failed. Crowns are also usually the best way to treat a tooth that has been damaged by an oral injury. A cracked or chipped tooth can be restored with a crown, preventing further damage and complications. If a tooth has been worn down from teeth grinding or an improper bite has lead to premature wear and tear, crowns can cover the damage and prevent further harm. Dental crowns can also sometimes be used for cosmetic purposes and to cover up very small or misshapen teeth.
A dental crown completely covers up your remaining enamel and prevents further damage. Your crown is designed to completely surround your tooth, all the way down to the gumline. This ensures the remaining enamel stays healthy and does not deteriorate any further. In addition, dental crowns can help restore a proper bite. If your tooth is chipped or damaged, your bite may exert additional force on the surrounding teeth. Over time, this can cause premature wear and damage. Dental crowns also help restore the function and aesthetics of your natural smile. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods again, chew normally, and smile without feeling self-conscious about your teeth.
The process of having a dental crown applied typically takes 2 appointments over 2-3 weeks. During your first appointment, Dr. Paruchuri or Dr. Philip will begin by numbing your mouth, then trimming your tooth to remove damaged enamel, and create a platform upon which your crown can be placed. Then, they will take impressions and images of your teeth, and send them to a dental lab. You’ll get a temporary crown, and be sent home.
The dental lab will then begin creating your crown, which will usually arrive at our office after 2-3 weeks. You’ll come in for a follow-up, and your crown will be checked to make sure it fits properly. Then, it will be bonded into place permanently, completing the procedure.