Are you in pain or embarrassed by damaged, decayed, or misshapen teeth? If so, consider allowing Grant Allen, DDS, and the team at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, to restore your smile with dental crowns and bridges. Crowns and bridges restore both the function and beauty of teeth. To learn more, call Rio Rancho Family Dental Care, or reach out via the online booking tool today.
What are crowns?
A dental crown caps, or covers, a tooth. Most often, dental crowns are used to restore the beauty and function of teeth suffering from decay or damage. Rio Rancho Family Dental Care also often recommends crowns to:
- Cover a dental implant
- Protect a tooth after a root canal
- Cover a misshapen tooth
- Strengthen a fractured or weak tooth
- Support a large filling surrounded by little natural tooth structure
- You can also get dental crowns simply to enhance the appearance of your smile.
What are bridges?
Bridges are dental restorations that “bridge” the gap left by missing teeth. The team at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care anchors your bridge using adjacent natural teeth, crowns, or both.
Bridges enhance your smile in a number of ways, including by:
- Restoring your facial volume and natural facial shape
- Preventing teeth from moving out of position
- Preventing a bad bite
- Alleviating stress on your bite
- Preventing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
Bridges also allow you to eat, chew and speak normally. If you observe good oral hygiene and treat your mouth well, your bridges can last for many years.
What is a crown placement procedure like?
Usually, it takes two visits to complete a crown placement procedure. During your first visit to Rio Rancho Family Dental Care, your provider takes X-rays of your teeth and examines your tooth roots. They then take an impression of your teeth to help create your custom crown.
During this visit, your provider places a temporary crown, which covers your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to arrive. Before placing the crown, they either file down the tooth to create space for the crown or build up the tooth to help it support the crown.
At your second visit, your team removes the temporary crown and carefully bonds the permanent crown in place.
What is a bridge placement procedure like?
Similarly, it takes the team just two visits to place your dental bridge. During your first visit, your provider examines your mouth and decides the best way to adhere your bridges, whether to a crown or implant or to another tooth.
During the second visit, they place your bridge or bridges into space where your teeth are missing and then anchor the bridge. Then, your provider attaches one or more artificial teeth made from porcelain or ceramic to the bridge, so that you can eat, speak, and chew normally.
Crowns and bridges can restore not only the health and beauty of your smile but also your confidence. To find out if they’re right for you, reach out to Rio Rancho Family Dental Care over the phone or by using the online booking tool today.