Crowns and Bridges in Albuquerque
Crowns are caps that go over a tooth to hide imperfections like cracks and discoloration. In addition, they can alter the size of teeth and close up gaps. Crowns are permanent, and our dentist will likely have to scrape down the enamel on your teeth before they're fitted with these products.
A bridge consists of two crowns and a row of replacement teeth between them; they're meant to fill in gaps made by two or more missing teeth. You have a choice between fixed and removable bridges: a choice that will affect how you care for your product moving forward.
How to Treat Crowns
You can have your teeth crowns or bridges made from gold alloys, all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all porcelain, among other options. Whatever you choose, though, you will need to take care of the final product so that it does not come loose or fall out. Our dentists at Jack Ollason Family Dentistry will advise you on this step before we create the product.
Though one benefit of a dental crown is that it strengthens the tooth it's bonded over, you must nonetheless be careful not to wear it down. This means avoiding the chewing of hard foods and ice as much as possible. Also make sure not to grind your teeth.
More basic tasks include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting a dentist for teeth cleaning twice a year. Plaque will form even on artificial teeth, but above all, you must keep your surrounding teeth safe from decay and your gums safe from disease.
If a crown falls out, the exposed tooth may suffer from sensitivity to hot and cold as well as to the air itself. Simply set up a dental appointment in a timely manner, and there will be no need to worry.
How to Treat Bridges
Teeth bridges come with similar directions, too. In addition to the brushing, flossing, and teeth cleanings, you will be cleaning under the artificial teeth. To this end, we may recommend a type of spongy floss.
Bridges that anchor the teeth through crown or metal clasps will need to be periodically readjusted. Though they will prevent your teeth from drifting into the gap, they won't exert enough pressure to stop your jawbone from deteriorating. This can lead to receding gums and tooth decay, making preventative care even more important.
To avoid deterioration in the first place, you can ask to get your false teeth implanted on titanium posts that fuse with the jawbone. These are called implants; not everyone qualifies for them, but our dentists will examine your mouth to see if you can.
Both crowns and bridges come in tooth-colored options. Because their whiteness may create an unnatural contrast with the rest of your teeth, we recommend getting teeth whitening every so often. Our in-office treatments use a stronger bleach than is found in over-the-counter whitening kits.
Our Albuquerque dental clinic can handle the installation of crowns and bridges as well as the maintenance that will be required afterwards. We also perform the treatments that often lead up to their installation, such as root canals and teeth extraction. Give us a call today so that we can review your medical history and see if crowns or bridges are right for you.