If a missing tooth is making you uncomfortable, self-conscious or impeding the way you chew, then you should consider dental crowns or bridges. Miami dentist, Dr. Richard Romay, is an expert cosmetic dentist specializing in restorative dentistry. Dental crowns and bridges are used as cosmetic restoration procedures to improve the shape of a tooth or to strengthen it. Crowns or CAPs are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.
How do Dental Crowns (Caps) and Bridges work?
A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, thus strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. To prepare a tooth for a crown, it is reduced so that the crown can fit perfectly, over what is left of it. The process includes making an impression of teeth and gums, which are then sent off to the lab for the crown fabrication. There can be three types of crowns, but the most aesthetic will be the all porcelain crown. The primary goal is to create a crown that looks like a natural tooth; some factors are considered, such as the color, bite, shape and length of your natural teeth. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. Once the crown is made, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth. To prevent any damage or fracture to the crown, it is recommended that you avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. Continued visits to your dentist and brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing to clean between your teeth are vital with crowns. Floss or interdental cleaners (Air Floss, Waterpik) are important tools to remove plaque from crown area where the gum meets the tooth.