January 1, 2016
Failing or missing teeth compromise oral health, function and appearance. Read how Windham dental crowns and bridges strengthen and brighten smiles.
Dental crowns and bridges from Lifetime Dental Health in Windham, ME repair or replace teeth damaged by injury, gum disease or decay. Patients avoid long-term oral and systemic health problems and enjoy a complete, sparkling smile.
Get back that youthful appearance
Robert Green DMD and Robert McVety DMD know that patients suffer with self-image problems when their teeth are decaying, cracked or missing. So, they offer many state of the art restorative and cosmetic procedures to preserve health and achieve great looking smiles.
Dental crowns and dental bridges are 2 traditional restorative solutions used by the team at Lifetime Dental Health. Each has its specific applications and are proven solutions to many individual dental issues.
What is a dental crown?
Frequently called a “cap”, a Windham dental crown provides a complete cover for remaining healthy tooth structure. Custom-fabricated for completely natural appearance, crowns strengthen failing, fractured teeth, preserving them for years.
Commonly, dentists make crowns in 3 types, depending on location in the mouth, needed function and budget:
- Gold crowns are the strongest and most expensive. They usually cover backmost molars where the crushing forces of the jaw are greatest.
- Porcelain and metal alloy crowns are cost-sparing, realistic-looking and can be placed in many areas of the mouth.
- All-ceramic or porcelain crowns present a natural look and are very durable.
Dr. Green or Dr. McVety shape the tooth by removing decay and existing fillings. He takes impressions and sends them to an outside dental lab where the crown is made.
During a second visit, the dentist cements the crown in place and performs final adjustments to fit and to how the teeth bite together. With regular flossing, brushing and dental care at Lifetime Dental Health, most crowns serve patients for 5 to 10 years or more.
Dental bridges span gaps
A Windham dental bridge is made up of a single or multiple prosthetic teeth secured by dental crowns to teeth on either side of a gap. After taking impressions, the dentist prepares the anchoring teeth to receive crowns. He may also take x-rays or other imaging to give the outside dental lab the most complete treatment plan possible.
During a subsequent appointment, the dentist bonds the appliance in place, carefully checking the alignment. As with crowns, dental bridges need routine home hygiene and semi-annual exams and cleanings at Lifetime Dental Health.
Other options for dental bridges include:
- the cantilevered bridge, usually used in the back of the mouth and anchored on one side by a single crown
- the Maryland bridge which includes prosthetic teeth mounted on a ceramic or metal frame, bonded to the backside of neighboring teeth
Find out more
It’s not easy to live with broken, failing or missing teeth. Contact Lifetime Dental Health for your own smile consultation. Learn how dental crowns and bridges can preserve your smile.
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