Dental Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary for teeth that have large cavities, broken teeth, cracked teeth, or replacement of old and broken large silver and white fillings.
When a tooth is broken, has a large cavity, or a large old filling, there is not a lot of tooth structure left. Because of this, there is not a lot of tooth structure left for the filling to bond to and it is for this reason, that we have to place a crown on the tooth.
If you bite on something hard or clench or grind your teeth, you may experience Cracked tooth syndrome. When you feel pain on biting after biting on something hard and the pain persists after a few days, please give us a call. If the crack is stills superficial and has not propagated to the nerves or the root of the tooth, it can still be treated by placing a crown on the tooth. If the crack has gone into the nerve then you will need a root canal before placement of the crown.
The crown builds back up the tooth to its original shape and size and prevents it from breaking further. We make custom fit, lab fabricated, porcelain crowns that match your teeth in shade, shape, and size. We ensure that every crown we make and place fits perfectly and will last in your mouth for at least 5 years.
When you are missing a tooth, sometimes placing an implant is not an option for you. Another option to replace a tooth is placing a dental bridge. A bridge uses the two adjacent teeth of the missing site as the support to hold the bridge. To ensure a long lasting bridge, you have to ensure that you clean the bridge well using a floss threader and water pik to prevent plaque build up.
Why do I need to floss?Brushing cleans all surfaces of your teeth EXCEPT the surfaces in between your teeth. The only thing that cleans between your teeth is flossing. If you don’t floss at least once a day, plaque and bacteria build up between your teeth and into your gums, causing a higher risk for you to get cavities in between your teeth and gum disease.
How often should you floss your teeth?Everyday! We only ask for you to floss once a day. It takes just 2 extra minutes of your day. It doesn’t matter when or where you floss as long as you floss once a day.
How do I know if my gums are healthy?Just remember that healthy gums don’t bleed. If your’re asking yourself why your gums bleed a lot, this indicates the presence of gingivitis. When you have gingivitis, your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, this means that you’re gums are inflamed. If you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see us at least every 6 months, it gives you a better chance of having healthy gums.
Which toothbrush is better, electric or manual toothbrushes?"Both are good. We do however, recommend an electric toothbrush as the vibrating and rotating bristles allow for a more thorough cleaning without extra scrubbing motions. Sonicare and Oral B are both the leading brands in electric toothbrushes.
What can cause my gums to recede?There are many factors that can cause gum recession, including brushing too hard, your bite (malocclusion), misalignment of your teeth, chronic inflammation of your gums, and a genetic susceptibility to gum recession. We will help you do whatever it takes to treat your gum recession by having our specialist perform gum grafts and/or prevent further recession by determining and eliminating factors that is causing the recession.