General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Located in the Cayuga Mall, Ithaca, NY
Crowns and bridges are smile restoration methods that are often combined to replace your missing teeth. At Tompkins Dental in the Cayuga Mall in Ithaca, New York, friendly and caring dentist Raminder Singh, DDS, customizes crowns and bridges to make sure that you have strong, functional, and attractive teeth for a lifetime. Use the online appointment scheduler or call the office to book a consultation now.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are crowns?
Crowns cover your remaining healthy tooth structure after Dr. Singh removes the damaged or infected parts of the tooth. Many patients need a crown after a root canal, a severe crack or chip, or any type of tooth damage that leaves your natural tooth unstable. Crowns are typically made of porcelain. They’re created specifically for each individual tooth, ensuring an ideal fit.
Once you have a crown in place, you can chew and eat just like normal. In fact, a crown makes your tooth stronger than ever. Crowns are primarily used to improve tooth function and protect natural teeth, but they’re also aesthetically appealing. Dr. Singh matches your crown perfectly to your tooth color, so nobody can tell it’s a restoration.
What are bridges?
Bridges are a group of crowns that connect to a pontic, or replacement tooth. If you’ve lost a tooth, a bridge is a good way to restore your smile with a fully functional new tooth.
A bridge typically includes two crowns and a pontic in the middle. Dr. Singh bonds the crowns to your healthy teeth on each side of the tooth gap to keep the pontic secure. You can also get a bridge for several missing teeth in a row.
Bridges can work with dental implants, which is known as an implant-retained bridge. In this situation, you have two or more dental implants to retain the crowns and a pontic.
How do I take care of crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are permanent restorations, which means you need to look after them with the same attention you give your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing meticulously is vital. Be extra gentle because if you yank dental floss too hard it could loosen the cement retaining your crowns.
If you notice any change in the way your crowns and bridges fit or feel, see Dr. Singh at Tompkins Dental promptly. He can make adjustments, stabilize your crowns or bridges, or perform any treatment you need to maintain great function and appearance.
For personalized dental care, you can’t beat Tompkins Dental. Use online scheduling anytime or call the office for your appointment with Dr. Singh today.