At JPW Dental, we provide dental crowns and bridges for patients throughout the Bergen County, NJ area. These procedures are extremely effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, damaged or has fallen out. We are experts at completing these procedures in a way that looks natural while resolving oral health issues. This way a patient can regain the functionality of their tooth without looking like dental work was ever completed.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. We will typically use a crown to restore a tooth that has been damaged, but they can also be used for cosmetic purposes in order to improve the appearance of a smile. A crown can be made of various materials, including: all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic. Where the crown is located in the mouth will determine the best material to use. For example, front teeth should have an all-ceramic crown, if possible, since it looks the most natural. Patients will often use ceramic-on-metal crowns since they look natural but have the durability that only metal can provide.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At JPW Dental, we provide clients with dental bridges if they want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth is held in place by two crowns on the adjacent teeth. It looks natural and is made out of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth. As experienced cosmetic dentists, we make sure that the new tooth looks and feels amazing. This is a popular option for patients throughout Fort Lee, NJ.
Teeth Whitening Before or After Crowns and Bridges
If you are getting dental crowns or a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth first. We offer teeth whitening procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily. It is important to have this procedure done first because the material that crowns and bridges are made out of are both stain and bleach resistant. That means that if it is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you have the procedure done first, your new crown or bridge will be made to match your new brilliantly white teeth.
When preparing for the procedure, we recommend that patients take a day off of work. If possible, you may want to take a couple of days off. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.
The Process for Dental Crowns and Bridges
Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab. When placing a dental crown around a tooth, we start by preparing the tooth. A portion of the enamel needs to be removed so that there is room for the new crown to surround the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once this is done, the tooth is cleaned and a temporary crown is secured to it using removable cement. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.
When the dental restorations are done being created by the lab, patients come back to our dental office so that the temporaries can be removed and the permanent ones can be bonded to the tooth. When getting a crown, this cap is secured around the tooth and bonded in place, completing the procedure.
With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. These two crowns hold a fake tooth in the middle over the missing space. This synthetic “bridge” is formed and makes a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that looks natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth, without having to undergo surgery such as an implant procedure.
After the Procedure
When getting dental restorations, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive after they have been prepared. This is why you need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent one to be created. You may need to take some oral pain medication for a couple of days until you feel better.
The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth.