So crowns and bridges, bridges really are for tooth replacement. So if you're missing a tooth, we can do a bridge, which is essentially two crowns on either side of the missing space and a crown fused in between, and those work really well. For the longest time, that was kind of the Cadillac. That was the best you could do.
Now with the invention of dental implants, I still do a fair amount of bridges. They're more cost-effective and process is quicker, so most patients don't want to wait six months for their implant to heal and they have the crown placed on it. A lot of people will decide that they want it now and want it five minutes ago, so a bridge really is that quick way to be able to get a tooth in there and fix the concern.
As far as the crown goes, when a tooth is badly broken down or it breaks, a big piece of breaks away, especially around an old filling, we do a crown to keep the tooth whole. It kind of acts like a force-field over the tooth so when you bite down, all of that force is dissipated away from the areas that could possibly crack and protect the tooth. It keeps it whole; it keeps the tooth in your mouth and prevents it from possibly breaking the root system, in which case the tooth would have to come out.
The procedure's just as simple as a filling and in fact, sometimes more simple, because all I really do is get the tooth ready for the crown. We remove a little bit of tooth structure where we need to, and we take an impression. Whether that's a digital impression or whether that's an actual goop impression will kind of be determined by the situation. And this point in time, we send it to a lab technician and he does everything, whether it's porcelain zirconia or gold, he comes back two weeks later and we cement it in your mouth.
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Dental Crowns Used At Oregon Smile Care Center
We offer many different types of dental crowns at Oregon Smile Care Center, and Dr. Sean Hanson is confident in each and every one of them! These dental crown options include:
e.max Dental Crowns
e.max crowns are a type of ceramic dental crowns that are used across the country by many different dentists. They are preferred because they are known to be more durable and have superior aesthetic properties. These crowns are considered a breakthrough in dental crown technology because of their uncanny ability to look like your natural teeth combined with outstanding long-lasting qualities. The best part about e.max crowns is that there is no metal present in the crown. This is significant because there is no chance of there being a black line in between your tooth and gums that often shows in metal crowns.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain crowns are perhaps the most popular type of b because they most closely match the color of your natural teeth. They are also highly durable and can last several years, even decades, before they need to be replaced. They are easily shaped to match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Zirconia Dental Crowns
Zirconium crowns are widely used because of their extreme durability. Having a zirconium crown placed means that you want to have a crown that is supremely functional without the threat of breaking.
All-Ceramic Dental Crowns
These are an ideal choice for front teeth dental crowns because the color can easily be matched to your natural teeth. In some cases these type of dental crowns may wear down, so Dr. Hanson may suggest another type of dental crown for you depending on your situation. All-ceramic crowns are the perfect solution for those who may have allergies to certain types of metal.
Dental Bridges At Oregon Smile Care Center
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Dr. Sean Hanson will start with two dental crowns on each side of the bridge, placing those on the natural surrounding teeth (known as abutment teeth). That step is followed by bridging the gap with false teeth. The false teeth are made from e.max, zirconia, and porcelain dental crowns. Dental bridges are used to:
The types of dental bridges that we use at Oregon Smile Care Center include:
Traditional Dental Bridges
These are the most common types of dental bridges used by dentists across the country. They require abutment teeth on either side of the dental bridges just like most other bridges, and the false teeth are usually made from porcelain.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
This type of dental bridge is used when there are gaps on one or both sides of a tooth. After we place your dental bridge, we will fill the gaps.
Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges
These dental bridges are made up of plastic teeth and gums that are supported by a metal frame. Metal pieces on each side of the dental bridge are fused to existing teeth to keep the bridge in place.