Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to cover a tooth that has been extensively damaged due to decay, a large filling, or to protect a tooth after a root canal. A crown can also be used as a part of a bridge that connects teeth together. Lastly, crowns are the final product on top of an implant as well.

With CEREC technology, most crowns can be made in the office in just a few minutes while the patient waits. Eliminating the need for impressions, temporarty crowns and second visits.

Crowns and bridges are custom made to help restore function and overall appearance of teeth.

Contact Dr. Barans office if you have any questions or concerns.

Procedures

A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.

Bridges

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Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.

Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.

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Royal Oak, MI 48067
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