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Crowns and bridgework are an option for restoring your smile when you are missing several teeth. In addition to replacing lost teeth, another reason to consider crowns and bridges is that they help reduce the unwanted side effects associated with gaps in your smile, such as facial sagging. Dr. Nainesh Desai, your prosthodontist at Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick, can have crowns and bridges custom created for you.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are used in conjunction with one another to securely replace lost teeth and fill in the gaps in your smile. The bridge contains artificial teeth, and is anchored by either a dental implant or an existing tooth on either side. These replacement teeth all appear natural, allowing your bridgework to readily blend into your smile. You can be fitted for custom crowns and bridges at our office in East Brunswick, where the prosthodontist can ensure a perfect fit.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridgework
There are many reasons to choose crowns and bridgework. One of the primary reasons, which is also a major benefit, is the restoration of your smile. Once your custom crowns and bridgework are ready, the gaps in your smile where teeth are missing will be eliminated. Another reason to choose crowns and bridges is that some of the side effects that occur following tooth loss can be minimized or reversed.
For example, the face can appear saggy and droopy when there are not enough teeth to support facial muscles. Crowns and bridges provide the additional support needed to reduce or reverse sagging. Another benefit of crowns and bridgework is improved speech, which can be altered by the gaps in your smile where there are no teeth. When speaking, the tongue can slip into the gaps and change the way your speech sounds. Finally, when you have a full smile, biting and chewing functions are more evenly distributed so there is less strain on the remaining natural teeth, which can be worn down more quickly when teeth are missing.
Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call
There are many reasons to consider crowns and bridgework. Not only do they restore your smile, but they can also resolve many of the unwanted side effects that occur when teeth are missing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai, call Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick at (732) 254-2550.
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
Millions of American adults are living with full or partial tooth loss. Even the loss of a single tooth can have an effect on your self esteem, nutrition, and your personal and professional life as well. Dental crowns and bridges are one of the least invasive and effective options available to restore missing teeth, restore tooth surface lost to trauma or decay, or improve the cosmetic appearance of damaged teeth. Dr. Nainesh Desai, a prosthodontist in East Brunswick, NJ, offers a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services for a healthier, more attractive smile.
Get a New and Improved Smile and Better Oral Health with Crowns and Bridges in East Brunswick, NJ
Q: What are crowns and bridges and how do they work?
A: Crowns are custom designed restorations that cover a broken, fractured, or severely decayed tooth to restore function and aesthetics. Dental crowns can also replace missing teeth with a bridge, which consists of abutment crowns on either side to anchor it in place.
Q: How does the procedure work?
A: The dentist will take an impression which is used to design the crown for a custom fit. Most crowns are made of porcelain and a combination of materials like ceramic, composite resin, and in some cases metal.
Q: Will I have to take time off of school or work while my crowns are being made?
A: No. The process will require a few short appointments to take the impression and prepare the tooth for the crown, but the procedure is minimally invasive and the dentist can place a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready.
Q: How long do crowns and bridges last?
A: It varies, but the average life span of a dental crown ranges from five to ten years, but often longer. Practicing good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist (the American Dental Association recommends every six months for most people) is very important.
Find a Dentist in East Brunswick, NJ
For more information about crowns and bridges or other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options for you, contact Central New Jersey Prosthodontics today by calling (732) 254-2550 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai.
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”