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 (if possible) 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 dentists. 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 tooth decay 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. If the cavity is big enough to considerably weaken the remaining tooth, 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. On completion of this, impressions are taken and sent away to the laboratory. We use different laboratories depending on the requirements we need. Once the crown has been sent back from the laboratory, our team checks the 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. In a similar procedure to a crown, the teeth on either side of the gap are prepared and an impression is taken of the area and sent to a laboratory. Once the bridge is ready, our team checks the fit and provides the finishing polish to the restoration before it is cemented in place.