Our teeth are designed to stand up to daily chewing, and routine wear and tear, when they are in good condition.
However, one can experience a wide variety of conditions such as teeth grinding, fractures, infections, tooth decay, or just the natural aging process that weakens or damages your teeth. Even something unexpected like losing a tooth due to a sports injury, or an automobile accident.
Crowns and bridges are customized tooth restorations that we either cement onto existing teeth or implants to replace missing teeth and protect damaged teeth. Both will improve your smile and boost your confidence and allow you to get back to your normal routine.
Dental crowns are often called caps because they cover an entire tooth down to the gumline. Depending on the material, crowns are strong and durable and can last up to many years when you care for them properly.
Our dentists often use dental crowns in the following ways:
For patients with one or two missing teeth in a row, we recommend getting a dental bridge or an implant to fill the gap. Space between your teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift and create tooth misalignment. Misalignment can cause many issues, such as:
Getting a dental crown or bridge requires two visits to Cochrane Valley Dental clinic, where we perform the following steps:
Many of our patients wonder what they can expect from their appointment.
Because the dentist administers anesthesia, the patient should not experience any discomfort. After the procedure, they may feel some tooth sensitivity and possibly some gum soreness, both of which dissipates within a few days.
What can patients expect after the procedure?
After restorative or cosmetic dentistry, patients may need to eat a soft diet and avoid chewing sticky foods on the side of the mouth where the work was done.
Crowns and bridges can last for years, in some cases up to 10-15 years or more with proper maintenance.
Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed every day. Your dentist will show you how to use a floss threader to floss under and around the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle of the bridge. Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are also important. If you have an implant bridge, your dentist will show you how to properly care for them.
To ensure the safety of our patients and staff and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, At Cochrane Valley Dental ,we have implemented several initiatives for the protection of our staff and patients .