January 1, 2016
Smile gaps wreck appearance and oral function. Keep your smile at its best with dental crowns and bridges from Wilmington Family Dental.
Failing or missing teeth change appearance and oral health and function. When natural tooth structure is lacking, dental crowns and bridges from Wilmington Family Dental restore smiles to healthy function and bright aesthetics.
Wilmington dental bridges and crowns restore youthful smiles
Dr. Scott Hornung and his associate dentists, David Hornung DMD, Khristy Fontillas DMD, John Miceli DMD and Kevin Guze DMD, agree: preserve natural tooth structure. However, life happens, and many times, smiles need help from dental crowns and bridges from Wilmington Family Dental. These restorations are custom-suited to individual needs of qualified patients.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, or “cap,” is a restoration which covers remaining tooth structure above the gum line. Lifelike and crafted from oral impressions, crowns preserve teeth which have suffered injury, undergone root canal therapy or have excessive decay or large fillings.
Placed in as few as 2 visits to Wilmington Family Dental, dental crowns are made from:
- porcelain (the most realistic-looking)
- gold (the strongest)
- porcelain and metal alloy combination
Your Wilmington family dentist shapes the existing tooth structure to receive its crown. He or she may place a temporary cap while the lab fabricates the crown. During the next appointment, the doctor removes the temporary restoration and bonds the beautiful, color-matched crown in place.
With routine brushing and flossing, a Wilmington dental crown lasts 5 to 10 years and beyond. The dentists urge patients to get dental examinations every 6 months, along with hygienic cleanings.
What is a dental bridge?
Anchored by crowns to neighboring teeth, a Wilmington dental bridge fills a smile gap with a natural-looking and well-functioning prosthetic. A bridge supports facial appearance, normal chewing and clear speech.
The bridge procedure takes at least 2 visits to Wilmington Family Dental. After removing enamel from the teeth at either end of the smile gap, Dr. Hornung takes an impression and x-rays to devise a treatment plan. The information is sent to a lab where a technician crafts prosthetic teeth and 2 crowns on either end of the appliance. These crowns cover the supporting natural teeth.
At the next appointment, the dentist bonds the appliance in place, adjusting fit and bite. The doctor checks color, shape and size match so the patient’s finished smile looks natural. Dental bridges require routine at-home and in-office hygiene.
Other options for dental bridge include the cantilevered bridge, supported by a crown at one end of the appliance, and the Maryland bridge, with teeth mounted on a metal frame bonded to natural neighbors. Dentists use these choices less frequently than traditional bridgework.
An increasingly popular choice is the implant–supported bridge. Anchored to the jawbone with a series of titanium dental implants or mini-implants, this replacement option lasts for years, looks great, functions well and preserves the jawbone.
Fix those failing teeth
Dental crowns and bridges from Wilmington Family Dental are an outstanding alternative to compromised smiles. Learn more by contacting the office staff and arranging a smile analysis with one of our caring dentists.
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