At Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD, we provide dental crowns and bridges for patients throughout the New York area. These procedures are extremely effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, damaged or has fallen out. We can complete these procedures in a way that looks natural while resolving oral health issues. This way, a patient can regain the functionality of their tooth without giving the appearance of any dental work. If you live in New York, NY call (212) 548-3263 to schedule your appointment so that you can learn more about dental crowns and dental bridges.
Many of the patients we treat expect their dental restorations to look like a restoration. However, Dr. Laura Torrado and her dedicated team offer treatments that look, feel, and function just like natural dental structures. In some cases where tooth extraction may have been recommended, we can save teeth using dental crowns. These restorations fit over the tops of damaged teeth to replace lost tooth structures, repair damaged teeth, and avoid unnecessary tooth extractions. If you’re in need of a dental crown or want to explore your restoration options following damage or decay, contact our Manhattan dental office to schedule an appointment. Conveniently located on Central Park South, we invite patients from Queens, Brooklyn, and other nearby communities to trust their smiles to our team.
What is a Dental Crown and How Long do They Last?
Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth. We can craft these restorations from a variety of materials to ensure the best look and function of your smile. In most cases, crowns can last two or more decades with proper in-office and at-home care.
What is the Dental Crown Process?
To create and place a dental crown, patients will need to visit our office two times. During the initial visit, we remove decay and often a small amount of healthy structure to allow for the placement of the crown within the natural smile line. Then, we capture impressions of the bite that will be used by our dental lab to craft a custom restoration. Finally, we place a temporary to protect the prepared teeth. When we receive the custom crown from our lab, you’ll need to return to exchange your temporary for the final restoration.
Are There Benefits to Dental Crown Restoration?
Dental crowns offer a number of benefits to patients’ oral and overall health including:
- > Repairs lost tooth structure
- > Prevents unnecessary tooth loss
- > Looks and feels natural
- > Avoids unnecessary tooth damage or jaw pain caused by an uneven bite
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. We typically use a crown to restore a damaged tooth, but they can also use it to improve the appearance of a smile. A crown can consist of three different materials, all-metal, ceramic-on-metal and all-ceramic. The location of the crown in the teeth will determine the best material to use. For example, front teeth need to have an all-ceramic crown, if possible, since it looks the most natural. Patients may often use ceramic-on-metal crowns since they look natural but have the durability that only metal can provide.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD, we provide clients with dental bridges if they want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth is held in place by two crowns. It looks natural and consists of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laura Torrado, DDS, FAGD will make sure that the new tooth looks and feels amazing.
Before the Procedure
If you are getting dental crowns or a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth first. At Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD, we offer teeth whitening procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily. It is important to have this procedure done first because the material that crowns and bridges are made out of are both stain and bleach resistant. That means that if it is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you have the procedure done first, your new crown or bridge will be made to match your new brilliantly white teeth.
When preparing for the procedure, we recommend that patients take a day off of work. If possible, you may want to take a couple of days off. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.
New York, New York Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
When getting dental crowns and dental bridges installed, it is advisable that you work with a cosmetic dentist that knows how to complete the procedure in a way that looks natural. At Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD, we can do so while also working to keep our patients as comfortable as possible by using sedation dentistry. The process for both procedures is fairly similar. Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab.
When placing a dental crown around a tooth, Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD starts by preparing the tooth. We will need to remove a portion of the enamel so that there is room for the new crown to surround the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once complete, we will clean the tooth and secure a temporary crown to it using removable glue. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.
When the dental restoratives are complete, patients return to our New York dentist office, so that we can remove the temporaries and bond the permanent ones to the tooth. For a dental crown, we will secure the cap around the tooth and complete it through dental bonding. With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. On top of the crown is a piece that looks like natural gums that will hold the new tooth in place. These two crowns serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and makes a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that looks natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth.
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After the Procedure
When getting dental Restoratives, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive after they have been prepared. This is why you need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent one to be created. We use sedation dentistry to ensure that you will not experience any discomfort during the procedure and after the fact you simply need to take some oral pain medication for a couple of days until you feel better.
The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth. To find out if the procedure is right for you, call 212-548-3263 to schedule an appointment with us and discuss your options. At Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD, we make it easier for patients throughout New York to have a beautiful and functional smile.
Even one missing tooth can disrupt the natural function of the smile causing uneven wear, straining the jaw, or impeding clear speech. We recommend patients replace missing teeth as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary damage, teeth shifting out of alignment, and additional tooth loss. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, a dental crown or implant supported fixed bridge may be the best tooth replacement solution. If you’re missing a single tooth or numerous teeth, please contact Dr. Laura Torrado and her dedicated dental team. We offer tooth replacement consultations for patients in Manhattan, the Bronx, New Jersey, and other surrounding communities in our Central Park South dentistry practice.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
A bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic that you may be referred to as a fixed bridge, dental implant supported bridge, or a crown supported bridge. This tooth replacement option is used to restore one or more consecutive missing teeth. Two dental crowns are fused to one or more replacement teeth that create a bridge over the smile gap left by a missing tooth. In some cases, we will recommend a traditional crown supported bridge where we attach the dental crowns to two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. We also may recommend a tooth replacement prosthetic using one or two dental implant posts to anchor the replacement teeth.
Who Should Consider a Bridge?
Any patient missing one to four consecutive teeth may be a good candidate for either a traditional crown and bridge replacement prosthetic or an implant supported bridge. We’ll review your treatment options during a tooth replacement consultation.
How are Bridges Placed?
A bridge is placed in a similar manner to dental crowns. Over the course of two appointments in our office, we’ll prepare teeth, capture impressions, design a restoration, and once we receive the final restoration from our office, patients return to exchange their temporary for a custom bridge. For those patients who decided an implant supported bridge is the right option, we may need to see them for three or more appointments due to the added step of surgically placing the implant posts.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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