If you have cracked or chipped teeth, or severe cavities or infection, then you may need a dental restoration. If you have missing teeth, then these restorations could be used to support a prosthetic. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists will discuss how we use crowns to support a dental bridge.
Our Custom Dental Restorations
A dental crown is a durable restoration that covers everything above the gum line, allowing us to treat an array of serious restorative issues, and to correct major cosmetic problems too. We could even use them to aid in the replacement of missing teeth! We craft them from materials like porcelain, which are metal-free and can be shaded to blend with the smile. For greater durability, we could also offer porcelain-fused-to-metal or possible zirconia, which can also be shade to blend with your smile.
To create them, we remove structure from the tooth after administering anesthesia, and then take detailed digital images. We combine them to create a 3D model that allows us to design and fabricate the restoration in a lab setting. The finished product is then placed with a powerful bonding agent.
Bridges for Missing Teeth
A dental bridge is recommended to replace between one and three missing teeth in a row. The new teeth, known as pontics, have crowns attached to each end. We place them on the abutment teeth on either side of the gap, which are natural teeth we removed structure from. The crowns then secure the new teeth firmly in place, so you have a secure and durable solution to minor tooth loss, one that prevents complications like dental misalignment or difficulty eating and speaking.
Keeping Your Smile Whole
To help ensure your bridge lasts for years to come, and to protect your smile from decay, infection, or further tooth loss, you need to maintain good oral health habits from home. We suggest brushing and flossing daily, and cleaning the spaces between the tip of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic. You should also see our team for checkup and cleaning appointments every six months too. These actions help fight the complications that could lead to tooth loss or cause your prosthetic to fail. With proper care and attention, your bridge could last for up to 15 years!
If you have any questions about our dental prosthetics, or about our custom-made crowns, then contact our team today.
Talk To Our Austin, MN Dentist’s Office About Restorations
Potach And Mitchell Dental Clinic wants to help fill gaps and repair damage in your smile. To find out more about the process of creating and placing a crown and dental prosthetic, then contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.