Dental Crowns and Bridges Grand Forks
What is a porcelain dental crown?
A porcelain dental crown is a prosthetic device that caps damaged teeth in a strong and visually pleasing fashion. Crowns are one of the most popular options for restoring damaged teeth caused by severe decay, cracking, repeated dental work, or even cosmetic issues.
Porcelain matches the color and translucency of teeth, giving a restoration a more natural look. Porcelain crowns are ideal for teeth near the front of the mouth that are especially visible. Other types of crowns, such as ones made primarily of metal, are also available, but do not offer the same aesthetic benefits. In some cases, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown will be used, giving added strength to the restoration while retaining the natural look.
How are porcelain crowns placed?
Dr. Clayburgh will discuss your treatment options. If you decide that a crown is the best choice, the tooth will be shaped so that a crown can be securely fitted to it. This may require building up the tooth or shaving it down, depending on the existing damage to the tooth and how much of the tooth structure is present. Once this is completed, impressions will be taken, allowing a dental laboratory to create a customized cap for your tooth.
While you wait for the permanent crown to be completed, your dentist will create a temporary crown for you that will usually be worn for 2-3 weeks. Once the permanent crown is finished, your dentist will have you try on the crown to ensure that the fit and bite are correct. Any needed adjustments will be made at this time. The color of the crown can be adjusted at this time. Once you are satisfied, the crown will be cemented into place.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth. To keep it in place, the surrounding teeth are fitted with crowns and the bridge cemented into place. In essence, the procedure is the same as getting a single crown, and the same materials are used. This is a permanent replacement for missing teeth, and does not require the same care as a partial denture.
If you are in the Grand Forks area and looking for a dentist, call our office today to make an appointment at (701) 772-8488.