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Dental Crown & Bridge - Newtown, PA

Restore Your Smile’s Function and Appearance

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Crowns have been a staple in dentistry for well over a hundred years, but only in recent times have they become the beautiful, sturdy, and reliable restorations that they are today. Indeed, both dental crowns and bridges have the potential to bring back your mouth’s full function while giving you an attractive smile.

What Is a Dental Crown?

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A dental crown in Newtown is a custom-made cap that completely covers the visible portion of a tooth. These restorations often serve to fortify and protect a damaged tooth, though they can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes. If you have a single dental implant, you will need a crown to complete it.

In the past, metals like gold and silver were the materials of choice for dental crowns because they are so sturdy and long-lasting. However, they tend to clash with the color of the natural teeth around them. Many patients today opt for porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, both of which offer a much more natural appearance.

Placing a crown typically takes just two appointments. At your first visit, we prepare the tooth and take some impressions. At your second visit, we permanently attach your custom restoration.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

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Rather than serving to cover a tooth or implant, a dental bridge in Newtown is meant to replace a missing tooth. This type of restoration has two crowns, one on each end, which get placed over the abutment teeth (the teeth that are next to an empty space in the mouth). A pontic, or artificial tooth, is suspended between the crowns, thus “bridging” the gap in a patient’s smile. Just like crowns, bridges may be constructed of metals or porcelain and take about two appointments to place.

A traditional dental bridge is a popular way to replace a missing tooth because it is strong and relatively affordable. However, we often recommend that patients consider receiving an implant instead. When you visit us for your restorative consultation, we’ll explain the pros and cons of both options so you can make a confident and informed decision.

Am I a Candidate for a Dental Crown or Bridge?

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Some indicators that you may need a crown or bridge include:

If you believe you could benefit from a crown or bridge, contact Dentists of Newtown today. Our team of experienced oral health professionals will be happy to help you get your smile back to its full potential.

Dental Crown & Bridge FAQs

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Dental bridges and dental crowns in Newtown are an excellent way to restore your smile’s function and appearance. Whether your tooth is weakened, damaged, or missing altogether, these classic restorations can help you get back to enjoying a healthy smile right away. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some common questions we get about dental crowns and bridges below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

Does Getting a Dental Crown or Bridge Hurt?

Before we can place your dental crown or bridge, we’ll need to remove some enamel to make sure it has enough space to fit snugly on top of your tooth. While this may sound daunting at first, you can rest easy knowing that we take every precaution to ensure your comfort. Your Newtown dentist will apply a reliable local anesthetic to numb the area so you shouldn’t feel a thing during this step. Once your restoration has been placed, it’s normal to experience some slight tooth sensitivity for a few days afterwards. However, any discomfort you feel should be minimal, easily managed, and short-lived.

Can a Crowned Tooth Get a Cavity?

Dental crowns encapsulate the entire portion of a tooth above the gumline. Not only does this strengthen it, but it helps protect it from further damage and decay. While the dental crown (or bridge) itself isn’t vulnerable to tooth decay, the tooth underneath still is. If cavity-causing plaque and bacteria accumulate around the base of your dental crown, they could potentially slip under its edge and cause decay or infection.

That’s why it’s essential that you continue to practice great oral hygiene once your dental crown or bridge has been placed. This will prevent the buildup of these harmful particles and go a tremendously long way in protecting your newly repaired smile! Remember to brush for two minutes twice a day and floss every day with high-quality waxed floss.

Can a Dental Crown or Bridge Fall Off?

Our restorations are custom-made of high-quality materials and held in place with an incredibly strong dental cement. This makes it very unlikely for your dental crown or bridge to fall off, but certain bad habits could potentially loosen or break it, including:

How Long Do Dental Crowns and Bridges Last?

The lifespan of your dental crown or bridge will depend largely on how well you take care of it. On average, you can expect your restoration to last about 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, bad habits like the ones listed above can damage or weaken your restoration, shortening its lifespan. On the other hand, it can potentially last much longer if you practice great oral hygiene and healthy habits!

Don’t let broken, weakened, or missing teeth keep you from living your best life! We can help you get the happy, healthy smile you deserve with a dental crown or bridge. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.

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