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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

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Crowns & Bridges

A well-placed crown or bridge should not be able to be detected by someone at speaking distance. A dentist or hygienist will be able to identify the crown or bridge during an exam.

In most cases, crowns are needed after a root canal. This is because the tooth has been completely cleared our with the exception of the canal or the teeth can become more fragile after a root canal being more prone to fracturing.

When A Crown Is Not Needed

In certain cases, usually front teeth without previous fillings, a crown may not be needed after the root canal. Your Duxbury dentist is able to go in through the back side of the front teeth (anterior's) and fill in the space after clearing out the nerves. Older Couple Smiling

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If you are in need of a root canal, our team at the Center for Progressive Dentistry will work hard to make sure your root canal procedure gets the best of care. Schedule with us today or book your appointment through our contact page.

Any dental procedure requires special care to ensure it's long term success. One of the main disadvantages to a bridge is that you cannot easily floss between the teeth. Special floss threaders can be used, as well as a water flosser. It is imperative to keep the bridge clean. If food and plaque are not getting cleaned out, the teeth next to the areas could decay and cause the bridge to fail.

Bridge Vs. ImplantDental Bridges & Crowns

This is the main advantage of a dental implant over a bridge. Dental implants do not connect to adjacent teeth and you can floss normally because all the teeth are individual. However a dental bridge is a more affordable procedure that does not require surgery.

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If you need a dental bridge, our team will educate you on how to take care of your bridge to ensure the longevity of it's success. Have missing areas in your mouth? Call us today to get a consultation or schedule through our website.

There is no discomfort associated with getting a crown. The tooth is fully numbed before any work begins. After the procedure, there may be some slight sensitivity which is temporary.

In almost all situations an implant is preferred over a bridge to replace a missing tooth. There are some technical reasons why a bridge might be preferred, but they are limited.

A crown involves only a single tooth. The tooth is prepared (shortened) to make space for the crown, which fits over the prepared tooth. The crown protects the tooth from fracture and can cosmetically improve it as well. A bridge involves multiple teeth and replaces a missing tooth. There are anchor teeth are either side of the missing tooth space which are prepared, just like they would be for a crown. Then the bridge is permanently cemented onto the teeth and connects them by filling the empty space.

When comparing bridges and dentures, the main difference is whether they can be removed easily from your mouth. Dentures and partial dentures often replace multiple missing teeth and are considered removable appliances. A bridge is used to fill in one or two spaces utilizing at least one anchor tooth on each side of the gap. In order to make a bridge, the anchor teeth must be shaped (reduced in size- like for a crown). The final bridge is then permanently cemented and looks and feels like your natural teeth.Guy Holding Question Marks

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Do you want to find out if you'll benefit from either dentures or a bridge? Give our office a call today or schedule an appointment through our website.

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