Dental Crowns and Bridges in Sterling, CO

 
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to encase a tooth that is likely to break or is too damaged to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly applied after a root canal treatment or when a large filling wears out. The larger the cavity hole, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more sensitive to breaking. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures, and crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as restoring your nice smile. It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first appointment, any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over noble metal, or all ceramic material. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed, then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed before being cemented in place.
 

Bridges

This is an option for filling the space created by one or more missing teeth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth or teeth and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth or teeth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear and/or aesthetics. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to fall. This worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure and can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw.
 
Call Sterling Smiles Dental to schedule an appointment for your teeth and oral health today!