If you have damaged or missing teeth, crowns and bridges can restore your smile and make it easier to bite and chew. At A&M Dental Arts in Manalapan, New Jersey, general and family dentist Manisha Singh, DMD, uses crowns and bridges to help individuals achieve optimal oral health. To learn more about the benefits of these dental restorations, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the office today.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations used to repair damaged, decaying, or missing teeth.
Dental crowns are caps that maintain the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. They cover decay or damage and protect your tooth enamel. Dr. Singh offers crowns made from composite resin, porcelain, and gold.
If you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth in a row, Dr. Singh might recommend a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a restoration that fills a space in your smile. There are several types of bridges, but they all contain a false tooth (or teeth) and a supportive framework. Dr. Singh bonds the framework to your existing, healthy teeth, restoring your smile to its near-original condition.
Getting crowns and bridges typically takes two appointments spaced a week or two apart. The process may take longer if you’re getting dental implants. Dr. Singh doesn’t place implants herself, but she does provide implant restorations.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Singh conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your goals for treatment. She then takes digital oral X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots, gums, jaw, and alveolar bone.
If you’re getting a crown, Dr. Singh administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums and mouth. She carefully prepares your tooth to receive a crown by shaving a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides.
Dr. Singh takes impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures your gold, porcelain, or composite resin crown.
About a week later, you return to A&M Dental Arts. Dr. Singh lines up the crown with your tooth and bonds it in place with dental cement. She trims off any excess material, polishes your tooth, and sends you home with recovery instructions.
If you’re getting a bridge, Dr. Singh administers a local anesthetic and prepares the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. To do this, she shaves a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides of each tooth. Afterward, she takes impressions and sends them to a dental laboratory. The laboratory uses your impressions to create a custom bridge.
At your second appointment, Dr. Singh bonds your bridge in place using crowns or a metal framework. The bridge restores your smile as well as your chewing and biting abilities.
If you want to keep your crown or bridge in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Singh recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting A&M Dental Arts every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To explore crowns and bridges, request a consultation at A&M Dental Arts. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.