If you have dental damage, we can fix it with dental crowns and bridges in Nashua. Our dentists, Dr. James Kiehl and Dr. Stephen Cohen, have extensive training and experience in restorative dentistry.
Dr. Kiehl on Dental Crowns and Bridges Read Transcript
So sometimes we have patients who've over the years had larger fillings in teeth. And sometimes those teeth will develop either small cracks in them, or just the restorations get so large that we can't just refill them anymore. So, what we do for those patients is offer them crowns or caps on the teeth. For instance, if a patient does have a crack in a tooth, that crown acts like a helmet almost on top of the tooth to protect it from cracking further, and it's a good way to keep the tooth healthy for a longer period of time.
That procedure involves coming in. We actually remove a little bit of tooth structure all the way around the tooth, so that the crown fits over the top of the tooth like a cap. And we take some impressions and then have the patient come back for one more visit to put the permanent crown in. It's a very good way as I said to keep that tooth healthy for a longer period of time.
So for patients who may be missing a tooth, a bridge is often times a very good option. We're able to basically if you think about a bridge it's three crowns which are connected together. So if we have a tooth missing in the middle, we can attach a bridge to the teeth on either side and restore that missing tooth very easily and very well. Nice advantage with the bridge, it doesn't come in and out, it stays in permanently, stays in all the time, so that you don't have to worry about something removable there to replace a missing tooth.
Crowns and bridges are among the most versatile restorations because of all the problems they can solve. A crown can:
- Mend broken teeth
- Repair severely decayed teeth
- Fix badly cracked teeth
- Replace damaged tooth fillings
- Strengthen weak teeth
- Replace missing teeth, when used as part of a dental bridge or with a dental implant
To make sure we get the right restoration for your situation, we use different materials for our dental crowns and dental bridges, including all-metal, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal. Our dentists will help determine which one is right for you. If you have a damaged or missing tooth or another problem you’d like to solve, call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460.
Getting a Dental Crown Is a Simple Process
A dental crown is a restoration designed to look like your natural tooth. It fits over your entire tooth, strengthening it and protecting it from further damage. Our doctors take impressions and other measurements of your tooth and match its color. They send the information to a lab, where your dental crown is produced. When your dental crown arrives, we check it to ensure a perfect fit and then securely attach it to your tooth – or in some cases, to a dental implant.
Replace Missing Teeth With a Dental Bridge
You can use a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. We fuse several dental crowns together to make the bridge, then attach it to the teeth surrounding your missing tooth or teeth. It “bridges” the gap, which is how it got its name. We can secure it with dental implants instead, which eliminates the need to alter the structure of your healthy teeth.
Dental Inlays & Onlays May Be the Right Choice
Dental inlays and onlays can correct the damage that is too extensive for a simple tooth filling but not extensive enough for a dental crown. Unlike dental crowns, these custom restorations do not cover your entire tooth. Inlays cover the biting surfaces of your teeth to fill in deep crevices and cracks and strengthen your teeth. Onlays cover the biting surfaces, cusps, and sides of your teeth.
Stay Comfortable During Your Dental Crown Procedure
As with any dental procedure in our office, our caring team will make sure you are comfortable. We can offer:
- Soft pillows and blankets
- Soothing music
- Longer appointment times
- Dental sedation
We’ll Help You Choose the Right Dental Restoration
Are you confused by all your restorative options? With their training and expertise, our doctors can help you decide! Dr. Kiehl is a member of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD), an organization committed to high quality of care for dental implant patients. We’ll walk you through all your options to ensure you select the one that is best for you. Among factors to consider:
- Your dental damage
- Your oral health
- Your overall health
- Your lifestyle
- Your budget
Interested in dental crowns and bridges in Nashua? Call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460.