Crowns and bridges are two of the best options when it comes to replacing missing teeth or restoring a damaged tooth. Jennifer Sunkin, DMD, at Hudson River Dental Arts in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, offers custom-made crowns and bridges to restore and enhance smiles. Both restoration options are durable, natural looking, and improve oral health. To find out more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Crowns are protective caps that help restore broken or cracked teeth and replace missing teeth. Each one is custom-made to match the shape and size of your natural teeth and blend in with the rest of your smile. Crowns are typically used to fix:
Bridges are sets of prosthetic teeth used to fill or “bridge” gaps in your smile. Like crowns, bridges are tooth-colored and closely match natural teeth in terms of look, feel, and function. Generally made out of porcelain, bridges are sturdy and provide a long-term solution to missing teeth.
Getting a crown or a bridge generally requires at least two visits to Hudson River Dental Arts. When you come in for your first visit, Dr. Jenn takes impressions of your teeth and uses these impressions to produce your custom-made restoration at an outside dental lab. It generally takes 1-2 weeks for your crown or bridge to be fabricated.
Once your restoration is ready, you come back in for a follow-up visit with Dr. Jenn. At this appointment, she makes sure your crown or bridge fits properly and feels secure. Crowns can be either bonded with a special adhesive over top of your affected tooth or are attached to dental implants. Bridges are bonded to neighboring teeth that act as stabilizing anchors or they can be attached to dental implants.
Damaged or missing teeth don’t function properly and put you at risk for oral health problems. Crowns and bridges help restore the proper function of your teeth and positively impact your chewing, speech, and digestion. They also prevent your teeth from shifting into empty spaces left by gaps and protect damaged teeth from further decay.
Crowns and bridges are the next best thing to natural teeth. Their cosmetic benefits can’t be overstated. They will significantly improve your appearance and give you a lift in self- confidence.
Crowns and bridges can last anywhere from 5-15 years depending on how well you care for them. It’s very important to maintain good oral hygiene and treat your crown or bridge just like you would natural teeth. You need to brush and floss regularly and continue scheduling dental exams and cleanings. This helps ensure your crown or bridge lasts for years to come.
To schedule a consultation and learn how crowns and bridges can transform your smile at Hudson River Dental Arts, call the office or book an appointment online today.