How Porcelain Crowns and Bridges Can Transform Your Smile

Cosmetic dentists are able to use a wide variety of techniques to transform your smile. If your teeth are missing or damaged, there’s a good chance your dentist will want to use some kind of prostheses to repair your smile. For most patients, cosmetic dentists can use porcelain crowns and bridges to restore the sparkle to a damaged smile.

Porcelain crowns and bridges are a type of prosthetic that a dentist uses when a patient’s tooth is either very weak/damaged and needs support or when a tooth is very discolored. A bridge binds a weak tooth in place and helps it blend in with the teeth around it, while a crown fits over an existing tooth and essentially replaces it.

If you have teeth that are damaged or discolored, a dentist might suggest porcelain bridges or crowns. Here’s what you can expect when you show up for your appointment.

What To Expect With Porcelain Bridges and Crowns

When your dentist advises you to get porcelain bridges or crowns, it’s usually not on a whim. Your dentist will only make that decision after deciding it’s the best way to deal with your dental issues. Usually,that means you have a tooth that is damaged or weak from disease or an accident and needs to be reinforced, or you have a tooth that is discolored and cannot be fixed with normal whitening procedures.

porcelain crowns and bridgesIf your dentist suggests a porcelain bridge or crown here’s what you can expect.

Porcelain bridges and crowns are usually installed over the course of two appointments: one appointment for preparation and fitting, and the other for the installation. These appointments will usually be several weeks apart, but this could vary depending on your dentist’s schedule. If it’s an emergency, your dentist might suggest another, more temporary solution to hold you over until the porcelain bridges and crowns can be installed.

The first appointment will be for preparation and fitting. In this appointment, your dentist will examine the site where the porcelain bridge or crown will be installed and make sure the teeth are ready to receive it. This might mean preparing the tooth for a crown to fit over it, or even filling in a damaged or cracked tooth so that it properly supports a crown. After the fitting is done, your dentist will take a cast so that they can get the exact shape for your new crown. Before you leave, you’ll get be fitted with a  temporary crown until your permanent crown can be made.

At your second appointment, your dentist will show you your custom-made permanent porcelain crown or bridge. Installing it is as simple as fitting it over your tooth and fastening it with a special dental adhesive. Your dentist might need to manually adjust the fit, but most porcelain crowns and bridges fit right on the first try since they are made from a cast of your tooth. Once it’s placed correctly you’ll be ready to go! It may take a few days to get used to the feeling of your new dental crown or bridge.

Porcelain crowns and bridges are a great way to repair damaged or discolored teeth. If you have any questions about this procedure, contact Reconstructive Dentistry today!