The holidays are just around the corner. We hope you will be able to spend time with your family, celebrate with your friends and coworkers, and enjoy some delicious food.
If you are missing teeth or have teeth that have been damaged, the last part may be more difficult. Missing teeth may make it harder to bite into some foods, and weak or loose teeth can make chewing more difficult. Your teeth may even be more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.
Fortunately, the team at 7 O’Clock Dental can help. Call or stop by our dentist office in New Orleans to learn how dental crowns and bridges could be the solution to your problems.
Fit for a king … and you, too
A dental crown is intended to replace the crown of a damaged or missing tooth. Crowns are one of the most effective ways of restoring the look and the function of your teeth.
Crowns can be used to repair a number of problems, such as:
– Yellow or discolored teeth
– Chipped or broken teeth
– Decayed or infected teeth
– Missing teeth
At our New Orleans dentist office, the process of getting a dental crown starts with an examination of the tooth that is causing your problem. If a dental crown is needed, the dentist will do one of two things.
The first option is to reshape your tooth. We can remove the parts of your natural crown that have been damaged or decayed. After your tooth has been reshaped, we will make an impression of your teeth.
A dental crown will be created to fit your reshaped tooth. When it is ready, we will bond your dental crown in place.
The second option is replacing your whole tooth. We may do this if you are missing a tooth already or your infected tooth needs to be removed.
If you are one of these patients, we will place a dental implant in your jawbone. The implant is a replacement for the root of your missing tooth.
Your implant will have an abutment on one end. We can place a dental crown on your implant just like we would with a reshaped tooth.
Dental crowns are made to look like natural teeth. Most people you meet will never know that one of your teeth is a replacement.
Visually, your dental crown will look like any other tooth. Functionally, it will allow you to bite and chew all the foods you love to eat without any pain or tooth sensitivity issues.
Span the gaps with dental bridges
Dental bridges are composed of three or more dental crowns. Dental bridges are used to fill gaps in your mouth where you need to replace multiple teeth. If you need a dental bridge, we may remove teeth if needed.
We may reshape the teeth on either side of your gap just as we would for a dental crown. The crowns on both ends of your dental bridge will be made to fit over those reshaped teeth. When the bridge is bonded in place, this will provide the support needed to restore you bite force.
For other patients, we can design a dental bridge that is supported by dental implants. In this case, the implant will give you the bite force to keep eating the food your enjoy.
Types of dental crowns
At 7 O’Clock Dental, we offer three types of dental crowns for our patients. No matter which option you receive, you can rest assured the your implant will look, feel, and function like a real tooth.
All-ceramic dental crowns look the most like real teeth. These are a great option for replacing crowns in the front of your mouth and for patients who have metal allergies.
Our second crown has a porcelain outer layer fused to a metal base. These dental crowns still look great, and they are stronger than the all-ceramic dental crowns.
The third and maybe the best option is our zirconium crowns. This material is incredibly strong and has a very realistic appearance. This is another good option for patients with a metal allergies.
Here when you need us
You can’t take off work every time you need to visit the dentist. That’s not a problem at 7 O’Clock Dental in New Orleans. We stay open later to help you get the care your need at a time that is convenient for you.
If you need a dental crown or bridge, or you think that you might, please contact us. We would be happy to help.