Dental Crowns & Bridges in Colorado Springs
Dentistry is an art as well as a science. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth.
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth's front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a dental crown procedure at Oasis Prosthodontics by Dr. Marina Funtik would be a wonderful choice for restoring your tooth or even multiple teeth.
Dental crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today's high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and they have esthetically pleasing contours, color and size.
Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two visits. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown.
Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source, or a type of permanent cement.
Creating a Bridge
Crowns can also be used to create a lifelike replacement for a missing tooth. This is done with bridgework, which spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth; these healthy teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. The two crowned abutment teeth become supports for a third crown placed in between them; that third crown is referred to as a pontic.
Dr. Funtik can discuss with you whether a bridge or a dental implant is best option for you.
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
Crowns and bridgework require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings. If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.
Restore the strength and look of your smile with a dental crown provided by Prosthodontist Dr. Marina Funtik. Submit a message through our Contact Form or call our Colorado Springs, CO dental office today at (719) 574-2417.
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