Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Bridges and Crowns
Damaged teeth don't have to ruin your smile! Turn to the trusted professionals at Bristol Dental Associates and restore your smile today.
Crowns and bridges "cap" damaged teeth to give you a full smile again. Crowns are attached to individual teeth, while bridges are used to fill in gaps where entire teeth are missing. Bridges will be anchored to the healthy teeth on each side of the gap. In both cases, you will gain a healthier and fuller smile. Call 860-589-3529 today.
Strong Bridges Are a Great Way to Replace Your Teeth
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced with a bridge. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. For bridges, we:
Create abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached
Your existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge
Mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab
Lab makes sure it fits properly and feels as close to your natural teeth as possible
Get Your Old Smile Back With Durable Crowns
If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened or cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth.
Installing a crown will take 2 to 3 visits. Crowns can be made from:
Porcelain fused to metal
Full gold crown
When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10 to 15 years. Take care of your crowns, as you do with your teeth, by brushing and flossing.
Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.
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Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing.