Dental Implants are placed into either the maxilla or mandible as an alternative to partial or complete edentulism. Once placed and properly integrated into the bone, implants may then be fitted with a number of different prostheses. Crowns or bridges/precision attachments for either removable partial dentures, complete dentures, or a hybrid sort of prosthetic appliance.
The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment. Using the indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials requiring time consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. While inargubly beneficial to dental health, the procedure and materials can be relatively expensive.
1) Restore your smile
2) Restore the ability to properly chew
Dental Bridges: Literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap-- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth-- and a false too/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and both can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
No hard, chewy, or sticky foods on the same side as the temporary is. Avoid: gum, caramels, carrots, apples, gummy bears, jelly ranchers, etc. If you have a temporary in the front, do not bite into any foods. Break or cut your food into chewable pieces.
Brushing and flossing:Brush area well and keep the tooth as clean as normal. By not keeping the tooth clean will cause gum disease and bleeding. Rinse with warm, salt water if your gums are sore. When flossing, pop the floss through the area , clean in-between, and then slide through the side. Don't pop the floss back out as this may dislodge your temporary crown. You can also tie a knot in the floss and slide the floss through the side to help dislodge any stubborn food particles.
There are many reasons for dental pain. Most common is a dental infection. A tooth may have decay too far into the nerve to be repaired by a filling only. It may require a root canal or even extraction. Most of the time if there is infection present, the doctor will prescribe an anti-biotic to be taken after procedure to continue the healing process of the infection.
Dr. James L. Johnson