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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!
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.