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Bonding, Crowns & Bridges

Bonding:

Bonding can be used to correct a wide variety of problems, including minor decay, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, discoloration and crooked teeth.

During the bonding procedure, a mild etching solution is first applied to the area of natural tooth enamel to receive the restoration. This solution roughens the surface which allows for a stronger bond between the tooth and composite resin. Next, the resin is placed on the tooth and your dentist then sculpts the resin to the desired shape. The resin is then treated with an LED light that activates bonding. Last of all, the area is polished to a smooth finish.

 

Crown:

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth. It is used to either cover the tooth, or restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. A crown when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

 

Once the tooth has been filed down properly, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab. The impression is made by having the patient bite into a tray containing a putty-like material. This material will capture all of the details of the tooth that has been prepared. This impression is then sent to the dental lab technician, who will use it to fabricate the permanent crown.

 

The dentist will fabricate a temporary crown in the office. This will be held in place with temporary cement so that it can be removed easily when the final crown is returned from the lab. When the final crown comes back from the lab, the dentist inserts it in the mouth to ensure a proper fit. Necessary adjustments can be made at this time.

 

Once a thorough evaluation is completed, the crown can be cemented onto the tooth. Permanent cement is used. The cement will start to harden in a few minutes, and the dentist will remove the excess cement and check the patient's bite again.

 

Bridge:

If you have a space from a missing tooth or teeth a bridge will be custom made to fill in the space. Preparation for a dental bridge involves cutting down and shaping the teeth on either side of the toothless space. This is so that crowns can be placed on those teeth and attached to the prosthetic (artificial) teeth to replace the ones that are missing.

 

Once the teeth have been filed down properly, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab. The impression is made by having the patient bite into a tray containing a putty-like material. This material will capture all of the details of the teeth that have been prepared. This impression is then sent to the dental lab technician, who will use it to fabricate the permanent bridge.

 

The dentist will fabricate a temporary bridge in the office. This will be held in place with temporary cement so that it can be removed easily when the final bridge is returned from the lab. When the final bridge comes back from the lab, the dentist inserts it in the mouth to ensure a proper fit. Necessary adjustments can be made at this time.

 

Once a thorough evaluation is completed, the bridge can be cemented onto the teeth. Permanent cement is used. The cement will start to harden in a few minutes, and the dentist will remove the excess cement and check the patient's bite again.

 

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