The repair and replacement of damaged and missing teeth is important to restore both dental health and quality of life. Bradenton dentist Dr. Nish Patel offers restorative dentistry to address teeth that are damaged or lost, including dental crowns and dental bridges.
What Is A Dental Crown?
Dental Crowns: What To Expect
Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative and cosmetic dental treatments used today, with many applications for a wide range of dental problems. Dental crowns serve as a cap, covering the entire tooth surface to restore strength and integrity and prevent tooth loss. Crowns can be used in a variety of ways:
- Enhance the appearance of a misshapen tooth
- Anchor a dental bridge
- Replace a missing tooth a part of a dental implant
- Restore a chipped, cracked or damaged tooth
- Strengthen a tooth after a root canal
At the second visit, your new crown will be placed and Dr. Patel will make any adjustments necessary for a comfortable fit. With proper dental care your dental crown can last for many years.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
Dental Bridges: What To Expect
Dental bridges are a conservative and effective treatment option for one or more missing teeth. They can be either fixed or removable and are anchored by natural teeth, dental implants or a combination of the two. Dr. Patel often recommends a fixed dental bridge for the long term dental health benefits and better quality of life this option can provide for patients.
The dental bridge procedure is a multi step process. At your initial visit with Dr. Patel, dental impressions will be made and supporting teeth will be prepared as necessary. A temporary bridge will be placed while your custom appliance is being fabricated in a dental lab to Dr. Patel’s specifications.
At the next visit, in approximately 2-3 weeks, your new dental bridge will be fit and secured to the supporting teeth or dental crowns.
Dr. Patel and the staff of Manatee Advanced Dentistry will provide personalized oral hygiene recommendations for the appropriate care of your new dental crown or dental bridge to ensure that your dentistry is lasting and supporting your overall dental health. Routine preventive dental care can also play an important role in maintaining your new smile for the long run, providing the opportunity to spot any potential problems in the early stage.