If you damage or lose a permanent tooth, dental restorations, like crowns and bridges, can restore your smile and reduce the risk of potential complications. At his practice, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Daniel Wank, DDS, uses crowns and bridges to encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment for crowns and bridges, call the office on the Upper East Side, New York City, New York, or book online today.
Crowns and bridges repair damaged or missing permanent teeth. Though they’re often mentioned together, there are some key differences:
A dental crown is a cap made of porcelain or another synthetic material. A crown restores a damaged or decaying tooth to its near-original shape and size. Crowns make biting and chewing easier and reduce the risk of additional damage.
A bridge is a dental restoration that fills a gap where a permanent tooth used to be. By replacing a missing tooth with a bridge, you can reduce the risk of more serious problems, like gum recession and bone loss.
Dr. Wank uses dental restorations (like crowns and bridges) to treat a variety of oral health issues, including:
You may also benefit from a bridge if you’ve lost one or more permanent teeth due to extractions.
Getting a crown or a bridge typically takes two visits to Dr. Wank’s office.
During your first visit, Dr. Wank conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays.
If you’re getting a crown, Dr. Wank carefully prepares your tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides. Then, he takes impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom crown.
If you’re getting a bridge, it’s a similar process. Dr. Wank prepares the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. After removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, he takes impressions and sends them to a dental laboratory that creates a custom bridge.
About a week later, when your crown or bridge is ready, you return to Dr. Wank’s office.
Dr. Wank carefully bonds the crown or bridge in place before polishing it. Then, once the tooth has been polished, he provides after-care instructions to maintain your new teeth.
The entire process takes about 60 minutes and you leave with a fully restored smile afterwards.
Crowns and bridges last an average of 12-15 years* but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Wank recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and getting your teeth cleaned every six months. It’s also important to avoid bad habits like biting your nails or opening packaging with your teeth.
To make an appointment for crowns and bridges, call the office of Daniel Wank, DDS, in New York City, New York, or book online today.
*Individual results may vary.