Dental Crowns & Bridges in Maspeth
If you're suffering from teeth that are cracked, broken, decayed, or simply worn down, our team can restore your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns. For patients missing between one and three consecutive teeth, a fixed bridge or crown and bridge replacement prosthetic can be the perfect solution as well. A bridge is comprised of two abutment crowns placed over healthy surrounding teeth, along with one or more replacement teeth attached to the crowns. Both single restorative crowns and crown-supported tooth replacements are time-tested, predictable methods of renewing damaged smiles.
When is a Crown Necessary?
A dental crown renews structure, stability, and function to teeth with severe decay or trauma. Designed to fit tightly over the top of natural dental structure, dental crowns protect teeth from additional decay or damage and preserve bite alignment, preventing damage to surrounding teeth caused by uneven pressure. At our Maspeth restorative dentistry office, we practice conservative techniques, which means that our doctors preserve natural teeth and dental structure whenever possible. However, if a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, we may need to remove a large amount of this structure. This makes the tooth unstable, and a simple filling, inlay, or onlay may not be sufficient to correct the extensive damage. In fact, these less comprehensive treatments used on a large area of damage are prone to further cracking, breaking, and decay. A dental crown provides stability and protects the tooth’s health and strength. We only recommend a dental crown in instances when more conservative treatment is insufficient, and we ensure patients fully understand their options before proceeding with any procedure.
What Type of Crown Should I Choose?
Depending on the location of the crown, we may offer crowns crafted from several effective materials. Dental crowns can be made from precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-ceramic dental crowns. To maintain the look and natural color of smiles, we often recommend all-ceramic crowns. The precise color-matching system makes it possible to find the exact shade of porcelain that blends seamlessly with your natural tooth color. In addition to being cosmetically superior, porcelain crowns are extremely durable. These benefits make all-ceramic crowns one of the most popular restorative treatments at Maspeth Dental.
How are Crowns Placed?
Dr. Lorber and the Maspeth Dental team design, fit, and place dental crowns in just two short appointments. During the initial visit, damaged dental structure is removed and the remaining healthy tooth is smoothed in preparation to receive a crown. Our team then takes impressions of the prepared tooth and full bite. These dental impressions are sent to a lab where a custom crown is crafted. This can take two or more weeks. To protect the prepared tooth and allow patients to get used to the feel of a dental crown, a temporary restoration is placed. Once the customized crown returns to our practice, patients schedule a placement appointment. During this second visit, our team carefully removes the temporary and replaces it with the high-quality custom restoration that is cemented into place.
Once a dental crown is placed, caring for it is a pretty straightforward process. You can brush and floss the restoration as you would a natural tooth. Consistent, thorough brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and daily flossing protects the base of dental crowns from bacterial growth. Don’t forget to schedule your Maspeth dentist and team twice a year for professional cleanings and preventive exams.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
If you've lost one or more consecutive teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we may recommend a permanent bridge to restore your smile. A bridge fills the gap, prevents shifting of remaining teeth, and corrects your misaligned bite, improving chewing ability and articulation and providing sturdy internal structure. This gives your face a more youthful volume, shape, and appearance.
There are a number of materials and styles of bridges available, but they all consist of a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides of the gap to dental crowns. These specialized abutment crowns provide support for a fixed bridge that is permanently joined to neighboring teeth. The three-part restoration consists of a false tooth or teeth (called pontics) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge suggested will depend on the stability and health of the surrounding teeth, as well as the location of the gap within the smile. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to10 years. If healthy adjacent teeth aren't available, we may recommend dental implant surgery where a titanium post is positioned below the gum line for more success overall. For a bridge replacing multiple teeth, we may suggest a removable partial denture.
Call the friendly, patient-focused team at Maspeth Dental to find out more about crown and bridge treatment or any of our other advanced dental services. We look forward to seeing you and your whole family soon! Patients from Ridgewood and the surrounding areas are welcome.