Decaying, cracked or missing teeth hurt personal appearance, oral health and function. When natural tooth structure is failing or absent, dental crowns and bridges in Longmeadow from Drs. Scannell & Hollinger return smiles to vibrant health and lifelike appearance.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown–sometimes called a “cap”– is a permanent restoration which protects healthy tooth structure above the gum line. Lifelike and made according to impressions of the patient’s mouth, crowns preserve teeth which have suffered injury, undergone root canal therapy, or have excessive decay. Also, crowns cover today’s premiere tooth replacements–dental implants.
Placed in one to two appointments, dental crowns are made from:
- Metal alloy
- Gold (the strongest)
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
During the procedure, the dentist shapes the existing tooth structure to receive its crown. He takes impressions of the patient’s mouth and may place a “temporary” to cover the tooth while the dental lab fabricates the restoration. During the next appointment, the doctor removes the temporary restoration and bonds the crown in place.
Additionally, Drs. Scannell and Hollinger offer modern CEREC technology in Longmeadow. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This amazing procedure, performed entirely in the treatment room, crafts a crown from a solid block of ceramic. The dentist takes precise digital impressions (there’s no messy impression putty) and designs a realistic crown using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) software. A milling machine makes a perfect crown in about 15 minutes, and the patient can watch the process! Altogether, a patient gets a CEREC crown in a little over an hour.
Most dental crowns lasts seven to ten years and beyond with daily flossing and twice a day brushing. Dr. Scannell and Dr. Hollinger urge patients to get examinations every six months, along with professional cleanings.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Secured by crowns to neighboring teeth, a dental bridge spans a smile gap with a natural-looking and durable prosthetic. A bridge normalizes facial appearance, biting, chewing and speech.
The bridge procedure takes at least two visits. After removing enamel from the teeth at either end of the smile gap, the dentist takes an oral impression and digital X-rays to devise the care plan. The information is sent to the lab where a technician crafts the prosthetic teeth (pontics) and two crowns on either end of the appliance. These crowns protect the supporting natural teeth (abutment teeth).
At the next appointment, the dentist bonds the bridgework in place, adjusting fit and ensuring that top and bottom teeth come together properly. The doctor checks color, shape and size so the patient’s finished smile looks natural. Dental bridges require routine at-home and in-office hygiene just as natural teeth do. With good care, bridges last a decade or more.
A very popular choice is the implant-supported bridge. Anchored in the jawbone with two or more titanium dental implants, this prosthetic is very strong, looks natural, functions well and preserves the size and integrity of the jawbone.
Experience Strength and Beauty
Dental crowns and bridges are a great alternative to compromised smiles. Learn more by contacting Drs. Scannell & Hollinger, Inc. You will love how your teeth feel and look.