Crowns & Bridges

Your teeth have numerous responsibilities. While they are strong and able to perform these functions with ease, they are not impervious to damage. When your teeth suffer damage, not only are their functions affected, they are also at risk for an infection. Damage can even lead to tooth loss. At Newport Dental Group, we can restore the health of your mouth with crowns and bridges.

What are Crowns?

Damaged teeth do more than just impact the quality of your smile. In cases where damage extends past the enamel into the dentin layer of your teeth, your oral health is put at risk. In these cases, tour teeth can be susceptible to splitting or shattering. They can also face serious infections. Crowns are “caps” that are designed to cover the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth. A crown provides a damaged tooth with strength, holds it together, and protects it from infections and further harm. Crowns help to avoid the need for an extraction, which can just add to more complications in certain cases.

What are Crowns Used for?
Crowns can fix a variety of issues including:
  • Chips or cracks.
  • Teeth with large fillings that put the teeth at risk for shattering.
  • Protecting a tooth following a root canal.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Discoloration.
  • Capping screws for dental implants.
What are Crowns Made of?
Crowns are made from several different materials, each with their advantages and disadvantages:
  • Metal: Metal crowns are the strongest crowns available. They can withstand the strongest bite forces, making them ideal for damaged teeth toward the back of your jaw. They can last up to 50 years or more. However, because of their color (silver or gold), they stand out from the rest of your smile, making them aesthetically unpleasing.
  • Porcelain fused to metal: PFM crowns consist of a metal base, which protects the damaged tooth, and a porcelain exterior, which mimics the appearance and properties of your natural tooth enamel. A thin metal line often shows through at the base of the crown, giving them away.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic crowns are the best aesthetic option for restoring damaged teeth. While ceramic is not as strong as metal, it blends in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Ceramic can be stained to match the color of your natural enamel and mimics its light reflecting properties.
What are Bridges?
When you lose a tooth, your appearance, the functions of your teeth, and your oral health are all affected. You are left with a gap in your smile. Food can get stuck between your healthy teeth, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Your adjacent teeth can also shift from their natural positions into space, throwing off your bite. Bridges provide a solution to all of these issues. They can replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. Bridges consist of a replacement tooth (referred to as the pontic tooth) that is set between two crowns and is typically made from ceramic. The crowns anchor the bridge in place on your adjacent healthy teeth, filling the gap and restoring your smile.
How are Crowns and Bridges Placed?

Crowns and bridges are placed using a similar procedure. Before they can be placed, your teeth (either the damaged tooth or the adjacent healthy teeth) need to be prepared. This is done under a local anesthetic and involves the removal of a portion of the tooth enamel, which helps to create sufficient space for your restorations to fit naturally in with the rest of your smile. Once your teeth have been prepared, an impression is taken. The impression is sent to a lab, where your restorations are designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for your restorations to be complete, so a temporary one will be placed to protect your teeth in the meantime. When your restorations are ready, we check them for fit and cement them in place.

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