If you damage or lose a tooth, crowns and bridges can restore your smile and reduce the risk of additional oral health problems. At Allure Dental of Hollywood, Vadim Valdman, DDS, regularly uses crowns and bridges to transform smiles and make daily tasks, like biting and chewing, easier. To make an appointment at the practice in Hollywood, Florida, call the office or click the online booking feature today. Now seeing patients in Cooper City, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Davie, FL.
Crowns and bridges are fixed restorations that repair or replace damaged or missing teeth. Though similar, there are distinct differences:
A crown is a synthetic cap bonded to the top of a molar or premolar (the teeth at the back of your mouth). The crown restores your tooth to its near-original shape and size, making it easier to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. A bridge restores your smile to its near-original condition while reducing the risk of other complications like gum recession or bone decay.
At Allure Dental of Hollywood, getting a crown or a bridge takes two visits.
Before recommending a restoration, Dr. Valdman reviews your dental history and conducts an oral exam. He also takes oral X-rays to see if you have any cavities or underlying issues invisible to the eye.
If Dr. Valdman determines you can benefit from a crown, he numbs your mouth, removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth, and takes a series of digital scans. Then, he sends your scans to a laboratory that manufactures a custom dental crown.
The process for getting a bridge is very similar. The only difference is that Dr. Valdman prepares the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to receive the bridge. To do that, he carefully removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. Afterward, Dr. Valdman scans your tooth and sends your scans to a dental laboratory.
When the laboratory completes your custom crown or bridge, you return to Allure Dental of Hollywood. Dr. Valdman conducts a brief exam, numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, and bonds your crown or bridge in place. Then, he provides care instructions.
Crowns and bridges typically last 12-15* years, but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing optimal oral hygiene.
Dr. Valdman recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and visiting Allure Dental of Hollywood every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
If you grind your teeth or play sports, it’s also a good idea to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards provide an extra layer of protection that can reduce damage to your enamel.
To explore the benefits of crowns and bridges, make an appointment at Allure Dental of Hollywood by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.
*Individual results may vary.
Now seeing patients in Cooper City, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Davie, FL.