If you’ve got dental damage, our team of Nashua, NH dentists can fix it! All two of our doctors, Dr. James Kiehl and Dr. Stephen Cohen, have extensive training and experience in restorative dentistry.
Do you have a missing tooth? A badly decayed tooth? A broken tooth? We can help!
To find out how we can repair your smile, call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns & Dental BridgesDr. 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.
Dental crowns and dental bridges are among the most versatile restorations because of all the problems they can solve, including:
- Missing teeth
- Broken teeth
- Severe decay
- Badly cracked teeth
- Damaged tooth fillings
- Weak teeth
They look like your natural teeth. And we can attach both dental crowns and dental bridges to dental implants to give you added strength and security. 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.
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 an off-site 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.
We 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! Or we can secure it with dental implants instead.
Your Comfort is Always Top of Mind
As with any dental procedure at our Nashua, NH dentist office, our caring team will make sure you are comfortable. We can offer:
- Soft pillows and blankets
- Soothing music
- Longer appointment times
- Dental sedation
Dental Inlays and Onlays: A Middle Ground
We use dental inlays and Onlays to 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.
Helping You Make Your Decision
Are you a little confused by all of your restorative options? With their training and expertise, our doctors can help you decide! 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
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.