Crowns & Bridges
Crowns & Bridges for Lansing Patients
If you have teeth that are fractured, misshapen, or missing, Dr. Bechtel may recommend a treatment plan for implanting dental crowns or bridges to strengthen your teeth. Our Lansing based dentistry specializes in these types of restorative procedures and can provide you with comprehensive dental care and treatment. We will take the least invasive approach and develop a holistic treatment plan that allows you to regain full control of your dental health and enjoy a beautiful smile that lasts for life.
Dental Crowns & Bridges – A Brief Overview
Dentals crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that are attached to weakened, damaged, or missing teeth to improve the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth, jaw, and mouth. Crowns and bridges are typically made of porcelain or ceramic and have a natural looking, off-white color that allows them to mimic the look of real teeth. There is sometimes some confusion about the difference between crowns and bridges since they both have a similar purpose, but this is really quite a simple matter. A bridge is typically used to fill in a gap where one or more teeth are missing whereas a crown works more like a cap and is placed over an existing tooth that needs to be strengthened.
Dental crowns are used to treat teeth that have become weakened or damaged due to trauma, wear, or decay. These teeth typically have a distorted shape or are cracked, fractured, decaying, or altered from their original state in some way. However, it is also common for a crown to be used as an attachment device to hold a dental implant or bridge in place. Although crowns can be made of a variety of materials, such as gold, silver, or acrylic, the most common material used is porcelain. Porcelain crowns have a more natural looking appearance and are regarded to be more aesthetically pleasing.
Much like the name suggests, a dental bridge is used to “bridge” – or fill in a gap – in an area where one or more teeth may be missing. Dental bridges consist of system comprised of a false tooth that’s accompanied by a dental crown on both sides. The false tooth fills in the gap and is held in placed by the two crowns which are attached to adjacent teeth. Dental bridges can be used for both aesthetic and practical purposes, aesthetic being for an improvement in appearance and practical being for better function and to prevent teeth from shifting out of place.
The total procedure time for dental crowns or bridges usually comes out to about three to four weeks and is conducted in two or more appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Bechtel will work to stabilize your teeth and prepare them for the prosthetic device by removing a small outer layer of enamel. The doctor will then take an impression of your teeth which will be sent off to a laboratory for the fabrication of a permanent fixture. A temporary device may be attached to your teeth in the meantime. Once the fabrication of the permanent device is complete, it is sent back to our office where Dr. Bechtel will attach it to your teeth upon your return visit. Once in place, your crown/bridge can last a lifetime, provided that it is cared for properly.
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If you have questions about restorative treatment for yourself or a loved one or are interested in learning more about dental crowns or bridges, please contact our Lansing office. One of our staff members will be more than happy to provide you with additional information and talk to you about any questions or concerns you may have.