Questions Before Getting a Crown
7 Important Questions to Ask Before Getting a Dental Crown or Bridge
If your teeth need fixing, dental crowns and bridges are a good and popular implant option. There are several questions you should ask to allow you make an informed decision.
Who is a candidate?
Dental crowns are used to replace or repair a single tooth while bridges are used for multiple teeth. You should go for a crown if you have such problems as a fractured or cracked tooth, one of your teeth has had a root canal and you want to strengthen it, you need a large filling to be replaced, or you have an implant that you want to cover. A bridge is recommended when you’ve completely lost one or more teeth and it is set on teeth on either side with a crown in the place of the missing tooth.
How Will The Implant Help Me?
Other than restoring your smile, a dental crown, and a bridge also improve aesthetics by maintaining your facial shape, it allows you to chew better and to speak easier, it prevents the other teeth from shifting position, it restores your self-confidence, and it improves your oral health.
The Durability of Crowns And Bridges
How long do they last?
Like most things in life, the durability of crowns and bridges depend on how well you take care of them. Some of the things you should do to increase durability are avoiding biting down on hard things, flossing and brushing. You should also visit a dentist at least two times each year.
How safe are they?
Dental crowns and bridges are typically safe. You should, however, ensure that they are made of the highest quality materials. The best materials are porcelain made of ceramic material with some sort of lining such as zirconia and porcelain-fused-to-metal which is more durable and ideal for back teeth.
How will I heal?
Once the implant has been placed, the dentist may attach a temporary crown or bridge. The mouth will heal around this over several months and the root will fuse to your bone, after which the dentist will place the permanent restoration.
DURATION OF THE PROCEDURE
Who can perform the procedure?
Any qualified dentist or a prosthodontist can perform the procedure. However, if the case is not straightforward, you might want to visit a specialist (a periodontist for implants or an oral surgeon if there is more work to be done before the implant). The dentist should be board-certified and should have a few years under his belt.
What does the procedure involve?
The dentist will first assess your jawbone and gums to determine if they can handle the implant (through a visual exam). After a review of your dental history, the dentist will take X-rays to determine if you are healthy enough. If you do not have sufficient jawbone, the dentist may do a bone graft or a sinus lift to hold up the bone. If you are healthy enough and there is sufficient space to hold the ceramic or titanium post, the dentist will make an incision in the gums and place the implant in the suture and jawbone. This should take less than 1 hour under local or general anesthesia.
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At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.
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