Crowns and Bridges
Your teeth play a vital role in breaking down food and in speech. When a tooth is damaged, decayed or lost, it needs to be restored using suitable material to ensure good functionality of the oral cavity. Crowns and bridges are some of the most frequently used restorations in dentistry. While a crown is recommended when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, a bridge may be necessary to fill the gap caused by missing tooth. Are you suffering from tooth loss? Do you have a decayed or damaged tooth? If your answer is yes to one of these questions, come and meet our dentist. At our dental office in Sandgate, Dr. Bachour performs a number of restorative procedures to enhance your oral health and the quality of life. Call us today!
Tooth Decay and Tooth Loss
Tooth decay is one of the major oral health issues many people face. Poor oral hygiene, unhealthy food habits and not visiting the dental office periodically can lead to decay of tooth and other oral health problems. Plaque is a bio-film of bacteria that is formed over tooth surface. The bacteria in plaque can feed on food remains over teeth and release acids that are harmful to the natural teeth. The acid destroys the teeth and leads to formation of cavities. If not treated in time, the cavity can weaken the tooth to an extent where it no longer can sustain on its own. A dental crown is recommended in this situation to protect the tooth and aid its functions. Other conditions when a dental crown is recommended are when a tooth is severely damaged or when it has a large filling.
Tooth loss can occur from decay or periodontal disease or accidental injury. The loss causes the nearby teeth to shift positions and leads to orthodontic problem. The chewing efficiency is compromised when there is a tooth missing. A dental restoration is required to replace the lost tooth and aid biting and chewing functions.
How a tooth is restored used dental crown and dental bridge?
When you have a tooth that is severely decayed or damaged, our dentist firstly takes steps to remove the infected portion of the tooth and restore it using suitable dental materials. The tooth is prepared to make sure that there is enough space for the placement of the crown. Local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth before preparation. Dental instruments are used to downsize the tooth and on completion, digital impressions of the prepared tooth are taken. A digital model of the crown is prepared with the help of the 3D impressions of prepared tooth. The input is fed to CEREC equipment which mills the crown in a span of few minutes. Our team checks for fit of the crown and does the final polishing before cementing the crown over the tooth.
Replacing a lost tooth using a dental bridge requires preparation of the teeth nearby. In some cases the bridge is supported by dental implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone before the restoration procedure. Preparation of teeth is done with the help of local anesthesia. Thanks to CEREC technology our dentist can replace your lost tooth within a single day. Fabrication of CEREC bridge takes place similar to a CEREC crown. Digital impressions are taken to create a digital model and the model is fed to the equipment. A bridge normally has two anchoring crowns and a false tooth that replaces lost tooth. Once the bridge is ready, our team checks the fit and provides the finishing polish to the restoration before it is cemented in place.