Crowns and Bridges Dental Work in Rockaway, New Jersey

Crowns

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly applied after a root canal treatment or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break.
Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.
 
 

Bridges

This is an option for filling the space created by one or more missing teeth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth or teeth and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth or teeth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science.
The materials used may be alloys, a porcelain bonded to metal alloys or and all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, aesthetics and patient preference. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. It is more difficult to keep clean, more cavities will arrive, and tooth bone breaks down.
 
 
 
Dentist examining teeth for crowns — General Dentistry in Rockaway, NJ
 
 

For more information on our crowns and bridges, contact our office today in Rockaway, New Jersey.