At Nova Dental of Winchester, Dr. Talar Guldalian offers expert restorative dentistry with a focus on both function and aesthetics. As a certified and qualified prosthodontist, she can help you restore damaged teeth with high-quality custom-made crowns and bridges. Crowns and bridges are highly versatile and can be used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or an oral injury or to replace one or more missing teeth. Call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help!
Dental crowns are a type of dental prosthesis designed to cover up and protect damaged teeth. A crown is a false tooth that is shaped just like your natural tooth. Your existing enamel will be trimmed. Then the crown will be bonded directly to the surface of your tooth, covering it up all the way down the gum line.
Crowns are usually used if your tooth has been broken or cracked due to oral trauma or to treat teeth that are severely decayed. Crowns are also ideal for restoring teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy. More rarely, they can be used for cosmetic purposes if veneers or dental bonding is not recommended for a particular tooth.
In prosthetic dentistry, a dental crown is nothing more than a tooth overlay, which is used to reconstruct teeth damaged by decay, root canal therapy, or during bite repair. Crowns can be appended to the synthetic or natural roots of your teeth. When dealing with artificial roots, we offer prosthetic reconstruction with the use of dental implants where the crown imitates the visible part of the tooth.
Due to the material from which the tooth crowns are made, several types can be distinguished:
A dental bridge is a restorative treatment used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges use a set of two dental crowns, which attach to healthy “abutment” teeth. Between these two crowns, one or more false teeth (pontics) can be attached using metal bridgework. These artificial teeth rest in the gaps where your missing teeth used to be, restoring your smile and your bite.
Bridges are a good intermediate option for restoring your smile. They are typically a bit more costly than partial dentures, but they last a lot longer. While they are not as durable or long-lasting as dental implants, they’re strong, they look natural, and they are more affordable than implants.
The unquestionable advantage of prosthetic bridges is savings in relation to implants and the comfort of use compared to removable dentures. Due to the fact that they are a permanent solution, dental bridges create favorable physiological conditions - similar to natural oral needs. They make it possible to supplement the missing tooth or teeth and prevent the adjacent teeth from moving into the gap and the opposing teeth from coming forward.
Speech problems, scratching, or discomfort are not an issue when it comes to dental bridges. The advantage of using this method of teeth restoration is the fact that when applying bridges, it is necessary to grind the abutment teeth and lose a portion of them. It should be emphasized that a prosthetic bridge does not protect against bone loss in the area of a lost tooth.
Wherever clinical conditions make it possible to use bridges, they are willingly implemented due to being one of the best possible solutions, taking into account the relatively low price and the sense of comfort.
The basic treatment process for receiving both crowns and bridges is quite similar. Treatment usually takes at least two appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks. At your first appointment, Dr. Guldalian will need to prepare your teeth. Your mouth will be numbed, then each tooth that is getting a crown will be trimmed to remove damaged enamel and prepare a stable surface for the prosthetic.
Then, Dr. Guldalian will take impressions of your mouth and attach temporary crowns to each tooth. You’ll be sent home, and Dr. Guldalian will work closely with a trusted dental lab to create your crown or bridge.
In about 2-3 weeks, your crown or bridge will arrive at our office. You’ll try it on, and Dr. Guldalian will make sure that it fits properly. If everything looks good, it will be bonded into place permanently with dental cement.
Whether you have a damaged tooth or one or more missing teeth in Winchester, Dr. Talar Guldalian is here to help. As a prosthodontist, she has the experience and skill to restore your smile beautifully. Contact us for a restorative consultation at (781) 369-5722, or come by our office at 304 Cambridge Road, Suite 340, Woburn, MA 01801 to schedule your appointment in person.