Crowns & Bridges for Dental Repair and Restoration in Lynn
Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most reliable and aesthetically pleasing treatments available. If your smile is generally healthy but has damaged or missing teeth, these dental care options can restore function and beauty. At Gary P. Wheeler, DDS, our dentist and his dedicated team provide custom crowns and bridges made of the highest quality to rebuild your smile like new.
If you are looking for a comprehensive way to repair and replace teeth, our top-notch restorations could be your best option! We proudly serve individuals and families throughout Lynn and have done so since 1944. We also provide treatment for replacing old, damaged, or worn crowns or bridges. Contact Gary P. Wheeler, DDS, to schedule a consultation today!
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Are Dental Crowns & Bridges The Same Thing?
No. Dental crowns are restorations made to look, feel, and function like a healthy, natural tooth. They are best for repairing or replacing one tooth at a time. Dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns and can restore several teeth missing in a row.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
Traditional crowns encase the entire structure of a badly damaged, weak, or worn tooth down to the gumline. They help protect the tooth while restoring its strength, function, and aesthetics. Implant-supported crowns can replace the entire stricture of a missing tooth, from root to top.
Why Would I Need A Crown?
We can offer crowns as a single service or with other treatments to correct a broad range of dental health, function, and aesthetic issues. With crowns, Dr. Wheeler and his team can:
- Restore a severely chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth
- Attach a dental bridge
- Strengthen a weak tooth
- Replace any missing tooth with a dental implant
- Improve the shade and shape of a tooth
- Preserve a tooth after a root canal
- Rebuild a worn tooth
How Does A Bridge Work?
Bridges are made specifically to fill in the space between remaining teeth and those lost. They use healthy, natural teeth on either side of the gap for support or can be supported by two or more dental implants.
Spaces left by missing teeth often lead to problems with biting, chewing, and speech. This, in turn, can contribute to other complications, such as bite alignment, TMJ disorder, and poor digestion.
Bridges can address these issues by replacing missing teeth and bridging the gap for good.
What is The Process of Getting A Crown or Bridge?
Like any treatment process, our team must first determine if a crown or bridge is the ideal option for you. During your initial visit, we take our time discussing your needs and goals and verifying your current dental health. Below are common steps you can expect when receiving crown or bridge treatment at our office.
Dr. Wheeler conducts a thorough consultation. This often involves a detailed dental exam and a series of digital x-rays. Our use of advanced technology helps us gain precise images of your teeth, gums, jaws, and more. These pictures also give our dentist a closer look into the underlying health of your smile. This valuable information is essential for determining your needs and recommending the right treatment options for you.
When a crown or bridge is your best option, we prepare and reshape the tooth in need of treatment, or any neighboring teeth used to support your bridge. This is necessary to ensure your natural teeth accommodate your crown or bridge and fit properly.
We take digital impressions at our office to achieve an accurate representation of your smile. We then send these images to a lab for custom fabrication of your new crown or bridge.
Once the lab receives the digital molds of your smile, expert technicians get to work on your restoration. Dr. Wheeler and our team partner with a trusted local lab and a master ceramist who can often complete your crown or bridge in as little as 10 -14 days. Because it takes a few weeks to receive your permanent restoration, we will place a temporary crown and bridge to protect your smile.
Once ready, we invite you back to our beautiful office to place your customized crown or bridge. Your restoration is fitted and bonded to ensure lasting security, comfortable speaking and chewing ability, and a great look.
How Long Can Crowns & Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can often last up to 15 years. However, they can last longer with routine care and excellent oral hygiene. We recommend avoiding biting your nails or using your teeth as tools to preserve your customized restoration.
7 Ways to Take Care of Your New Crown or Bridge
While your new crown or bridge is resilient and strong, it is not indestructible. Below are seven tips Dr. Wheeler and his team recommend to help keep your restoration beautiful.
- Brush your teeth every morning and night for up to two minutes each time.
- Be sure to floss between each tooth to remove plaque buildup and left-over food particles.
- Rinse twice a day with mouthwash to reduce harmful bacteria.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit or avoid eating hard and sugary foods.
- Try to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
- Make sure to visit our office every six months for cleanings and exams.
Restore Your Smile with a New Crown or Bridge!
Teeth are essential for proper speaking, biting, and chewing. When your dental health and quality of life are impacted due to missing or damaged teeth, we can help! At Gary P. Wheeler, DDS, we provide beautiful dental crowns and bridges built to last. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable Lynn, MA team to get started today!
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