Dental Crowns & Bridges in Medford
The Premier Care Dental team is here to help Medford patients maintain their healthiest, happiest smiles for a lifetime. Following tooth decay or dental damage, it’s always best to start repairing smiles as soon as possible. Our Medford dentist and team create customized restoration plans that preserve the greatest amount of healthy tooth structure while fully repairing lost tooth structure, healthy function, and flawless appearance. If you’ve experienced dental damage, call our team right away. We’ll get started immediately customizing your restorative dentistry plan. Two of the restorative treatments we use most often are dental crowns and fixed bridges. These conservative dental repair and tooth replacement options recreate a healthy, natural looking smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that fits completely over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth. This serves two purposes. First, it replaces lost tooth structure, and second, it protects remaining healthy tooth structure, preventing further damage or decay.
How are Dental Crowns Used?
Dental crowns may be used to repair damaged or decayed teeth or replace broken or lost fillings. They are also used to protect teeth following root canal therapy. All-ceramic crowns may also be used as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan. Dental crowns may also be used to replace single missing teeth when attached to dental implants or to support a fixed bridge tooth replacement prosthetic.
What are Fixed Bridges?
Fixed bridges are tooth replacement options used to restore the smile following the loss of one or a few consecutive missing teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth are fused to dental crowns, one on each side. Then, the crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the vacated socket.
How are Crowns & Bridges Placed?
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are placed in two treatment appointments. During your initial trip to the office, we’ll start by numbing the area around the tooth to be treated. Then, we removed damaged or decayed tooth structures in addition to a small amount of surface enamel all the way around the tooth. We remove this tooth structure to allow the crown or bridge to fit into your natural smile line. Once your tooth is prepared, one of our dental team members will capture tooth impressions. These reflections of your prepared teeth are used by our skilled dental lab team to create a custom restoration. Before you leave the office, we place a temporary to protect your prepared smile. When the final restoration is received from the lab, we’ll call you to schedule your second treatment appointment. This second visit is much shorter. We simply remove your temporary and replace it with your flawless, custom dental crown or fixed bridge.
How do I Care for My Dental Restoration?
You can return to brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily following the placement of your crown or bridge. However, we may want to review your oral hygiene products. By utilizing softer bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes, you limit wear to your restoration, ensuring it remains whole and functional. You may also want to use a waxed floss or water flosser to avoid pulling or snagging around the edges of your dental restoration. If you have questions or need help caring for your crown or bridge, please don’t hesitate to ask our team. We’ll be happy to help.