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You've likely heard of dental crowns and bridges, as they've been used by dentists for many decades. However, you may not be familiar with how these implements work together to restore the way your teeth look and function. Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. James Cinamon, your dentists in Framingham, MA, are here to explain how the two parts of crowns and bridges work together to form one comfortable, attractive, and low-maintenance dental restoration.
What are crowns?
A crown looks like the visible portion of a tooth from most angles, but the bottom and inside of it is hollowed out in order to cover up a natural tooth. These teeth have usually encountered trauma from an accident or more decay than a filling can fix. Crowns repair structural flaws of a tooth by protecting them from further damage. When used with bridges crafted by your Framingham dentist, they help to keep the restoration stable by bolstering the teeth on either side of the gap. Most crowns are made of porcelain for cosmetic reasons; this versatile, naturally white ceramic is painted and polished to match the rest of your teeth.
What are bridges?
As you know, a bridge spans across an area such as a body of water or a deep valley that would otherwise be impassable. When it comes to dental restorations, bridges have a similar purpose: they fill in a gap left by a missing tooth, making it easier for you to eat, smile, and talk. The middle portion of the bridge is known as the pontic, and it looks very similar to a crown except it's solid instead of hollow in the middle. Your Framingham dentist uses bonding cement to attach the bridge to the crowned teeth on both sides. Once the restoration is complete, it's often simply called a bridge.
If you think crowns and bridges might help improve your smile, we want to hear from you! Contact the dental office of Dr. Hubley and Dr. Cinamon in Framingham, MA, to set up your consultation today!
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.”
Find out the many ways in which our Framingham dentists can restore your smile for the better.
Has years of crunching on ice left you with cracks or chips in your teeth? Are you faced with sudden tooth loss? These issues can be stressful, particularly if you’ve never faced restorative dentistry before. Luckily, our Framingham, MA, dentists, Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley, are here to provide the proper care you need to get your smile back on track. Here are just some of the popular restorative treatments we offer.
Are you dealing with any of these issues?
- A tooth that requires root canal therapy
- A tooth that is fractured, cracked or severely chipped
- A tooth that is discolored, misshapen or unattractive
- Tooth loss
If you said “yes” to any of the problems above then dental crowns could benefit you. A crown is a restoration (often made from a tooth-colored material) that is custom-made to fit over a tooth to restore full function and strength, as well as improve its appearance. A crown can also be used to cover a dental implant or to hold a dental bridge in place.
As we just mentioned, crowns can be used to support a dental bridge, a restoration that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A dental bridge will fill this gap with false teeth. Of course, in order to do this, we need something that will support the teeth and hold them in place. This is where crowns come in. Crowns are made and placed over healthy teeth that surround the gap on both sides. Once the crowns are cemented into place, the false teeth can be attached to the crowns to fill the gap and restore your smile.
While dental bridges and dentures can be great options for some, if you want a restoration that mimics the function and look of a real tooth then you’ll want to consider implants. In order to get implants, you will have to undergo surgery and it can take up to one year to complete this treatment; however, what you will be left with is a restoration that will last you several decades, as long as you continue to practice good oral hygiene.
Call our Framingham, MA, dental office today if you want to learn more about the restorative dentistry that is right for you. We would be happy to schedule a one-on-one with one of our dentists.
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.”
People are unhappy with their teeth for numerous reasons. There are a myriad of cosmetic dental procedures and dental restorations available to rejuvenate your smile. However, if you are missing a tooth or feel like your weakened or unsightly tooth could use a makeover, you might benefit from crowns or bridges. But what are these dental restorations and when are they needed? Find out more about crowns and bridges with help from your Framingham, MA dentist.
What are crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration made from porcelain which fits completely over the top of the tooth. Crowns most often help strengthen and stabilize a weakened tooth. Teeth are weakened from many things, including trauma, tooth decay, repeated dental procedures or even a large filling. Crowns also improve the appearance of misshapen, irregular or severely discolored teeth.
What are bridges?
Bridges, made from the same material as crowns, replace a missing tooth by bridging the gap between the surrounding healthy teeth. Two crowns on either side of the restoration surround a prosthetic tooth which sits above the gum line of your gap. The crowns use the healthy teeth surrounding the gap to anchor the bridge into place. Bridges can also be removable, in which case they anchor to the healthy teeth using metal clasps.
The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
When a tooth is missing, it takes a toll on both the bone underneath the socket and the surrounding teeth. Sometimes, a crown is the only way to avoid tooth extraction, which can lead to these undesired side effects. Bridges fill in the gap, providing a proper chewing surface to make eating and even speaking easier. Both types of restorations restore the appearance of the teeth, making you look great and feel even better.
Are crowns or bridges right for me?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for crowns or bridges is to consult with your dentist. For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact James S Cinamon DMD PC and Paul J Hubley DMD PC in Framingham, MA. Call (508) 872-1422 to speak with a patient coordinator to schedule your consultation for crowns or bridges today!