Sequoia Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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Deciding on a health care provider for your family is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly. If you are like most people, you probably have a lot of questions. We love questions because it usually means you are interested and passionate about your oral health. 

We hear some questions frequently, so we’ve put some of them here. But if your question isn’t answered, feel free to contact us!

Crowns and Bridges

There are many options for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth, including implants, bridges, partials, and dentures. Different options are recommended depending on how many teeth are missing, bone levels, health conditions, financial concerns, and aesthetic preference. Many of our patients have benefited from seeing Dr. Tran for a consultation to discuss which option is right for them.

A bridge and a partial denture are similar in that they both replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a fixed appliance that permanently stays in the mouth, whereas a partial is a removable appliance that you can put in and take out.

Fillings and crowns are similar in the sense that both are ways of restoring a tooth to repair decay and prevent further damage. Typically the deciding factor is how much tooth structure is compromised. For a filling, the decayed tooth structure is removed, the remaining structure is cleaned, and the cleaned out cavity is then filled with composite (white) filling material. A filling appointment takes one visit to complete. A crown is recommended when a filling can't replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment. The process for a crown takes two visits. First the tooth is shaped by the doctor with a handpiece, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is put in place. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated. After 2-3 weeks, the permanent crown is cemented in place. Unlike the filling, a crown covers the entire tooth, like a hat. Whether you need a filling or a crown, Dr. Tran will be sure to answer any treatment questions and discuss which option is best for you.

There are several reasons you might need a dental crown. One of the most common uses for dental crowns at our Canton, MA practice is because we need to “cap” a tooth that has become fractured or otherwise damaged because of a very large filling. Over time, fillings eventually fail, often leading to small fractures in the tooth. Because so much of the tooth structure has already been removed, it is not possible to replace the filling. The best option to not only save your tooth but to restore its function is to use a dental crown.

Other reasons for dental crowns include:

  • To strengthen and protect a tooth that has been treated with a root canal. Because a root canal removes the nerves and living tissue of a tooth, the remaining structure becomes brittle. A dental crown will make it strong enough so you can chew on it as you normally would.
  • To restore a tooth that has become damaged or otherwise compromised.
  • To cover up a tooth that is misshapen or badly stained.

Dental crowns are also used in conjunction with dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Dental crowns are made to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.

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