Dental bridges can last 10 to 15 years or longer with proper care. Visiting your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry, and following these care recommendations can help you extend the life of your bridge.
Brush and floss daily
Brushing and flossing your teeth and your bridge every day keeps plaque from building up on your bridge and gumline. Good oral hygiene also ensures that any food particles that become trapped under your bridge are promptly removed.
Plaque buildup increases your risk of gum disease and cavities. Cavities in the teeth that support your bridge may put your bridge in jeopardy, depending on the amount of decay. If decay is severe, the teeth may no longer be able to adequately support your bridge. Fortunately, brushing and flossing offer simple ways to keep plaque under control.
Brush your teeth in the morning and evening for at least two minutes. Daily flossing sessions are just as important as brushing. Flossing removes plaque between teeth and at the base of your bridge. A floss threader, Super Floss or water flosser will make it easier to clean the area under your bridge.
Don't chew on hard foods and objects
Chewing ice, eating hard nuts or other foods, or opening packages with your teeth can damage your dental bridge. Avoiding these foods and using scissors to open packages will also reduce wear and tear and damage to your natural teeth.
Use a nightguard if you grind your teeth
Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep can cause wear and tear and damage that may reduce the lifespan of your bridge. Your dentist in Portage can fit you with a custom mouthguard that helps protect your bridge and your teeth.
Visit the dentist for regular checkups
During your checkups, your dentist will examine your crown for signs of damage and other issues and check for cavities in your supporting teeth. Correcting issues as soon as possible can help you keep your bridge in good condition.
Whether it's time for your next checkup, or you're having a problem with your dental bridge, Drs. Johnson and Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry can help you care for your smile. Call their Portage, MI, office at (269) 381-7250 to schedule an appointment.
Do you have one or more teeth that are damaged, fragile, or unattractive? Your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry can help restore your damaged teeth and improve your appearance with dental crowns.
How Do Crowns Work?
Crowns strengthen, protect, and improve the appearance of teeth. The hollow restorations slide over the tops parts of teeth, completely encasing them. Crowns are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials are strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear and closely resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Your crowns are cemented to your teeth and become a permanent part of your mouth.
Before you receive your crown, your tooth must be reduced in size. Decreasing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your restoration. Your first crown appointment at our Portage dental office also includes the creation of a temporary crown and an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your permanent restoration.
Can Dental Crowns Help My Smile?
Dentists use crowns to:
- Restore Broken or Fractured Teeth: Broken teeth are unsightly, often painful, and impair your ability to chew. When you do attempt to bite, your broken tooth may accidentally cut your mouth. Your new crown will cover the broken edges, preventing cuts and ending pain that can occur when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air. Your new crown will fully restore the normal appearance of your tooth and restore your biting and chewing ability.
- Protect Fragile Teeth: Fragile teeth are at increased risk of breaking, due to the strong forces that you produce when you chew. Your new crown will absorb the biting forces, reducing stress on the tooth underneath.
- Make Short Teeth Longer: If one or more of your teeth are noticeably shorter than the others, crowns offer a simple solution. They can be used if your teeth are naturally short or if their length has changed because you grind your teeth while you sleep.
- Enhance the Appearance of Unattractive Teeth: Crowns can improve the color of a discolored tooth or make an oddly shaped tooth look perfectly straight.
Rejuvenate your smile with dental crowns! Call your dentists, Drs. Johnson and Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 381-7250 to schedule your appointment.
There’s a multitude of cosmetic dentistry options and techniques used for treating teeth that are misshapen, gapped, crooked, chipped, cracked, or stained. These treatments are also not always just for aesthetics, as most of them could improve or fix a host of oral issues. Your dentist could close spaces, reshape your teeth, restore short or worn teeth, alter their length, or perform teeth whitening to refresh your smile.
From major changes to subtle repairs, the dentists here at Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. David Johnson, and Dr. Jared Hector, can perform various treatments to enhance your smile. Learn more about these procedures below:
This is a tooth-colored composite resin material utilized for masking discoloration or filling in very minor gaps. It’s likewise used to fill in tiny cavities and covering a tooth’s entire exterior surface to alter its shape and/or color.
Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be sued to get rid of discoloration, while others are just looking to lighten their teeth’s shade. This procedure can be performed at home, under your dentist’s supervision, or right in your dentist’s office.
In most cases, at-home whitening kits (even those recommended by dentists) could take weeks to complete depending on how light you want your teeth to be. On the other hand, in-office bleaching usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. That said, ask your Portage, MI, dentist which teeth whitening option would work best for you.
These are very thin porcelain pieces that are fitted over the teeth’s front side to modify its shape and color. They can be used for concealing uneven tooth shape, minor crookedness, discolored, and chipped teeth. Basically, veneers can be utilized for treating the same issues as dental bonding, but have better color stability and durability than bonding.
Teeth Reshaping and Contouring
These procedures are used to fix overlapping, weirdly shaped, chipped, or crooked teeth. Generally speaking, teeth contouring and reshaping are commonly used for changing a tooth’s position, shape, and length. In most cases, these procedures are used alongside dental bonding.
Crowns, likewise called caps, are used for covering teeth or restoring their normal appearance and function. They’re very versatile and can be used for one or several teeth, by themselves, or along with dentures, bridges, or dental implants.
To Learn The Most Suitable Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Ideal for You, Give Us a Call
Whether you’re interested in veneers, teeth whitening, or another procedure, Dr. David Johnson or Dr. Jared Hector can walk you through your options here at the Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI. Dial (269) 381-7250 today for more information.
With dental crowns, the likelihood of needing a damaged tooth extracted, or pulled, is much less than it was in decades past. At Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan, Dr. Jared Hector and Dr. David Johnson routinely place crowns to restore damaged teeth. Wondering when you might need a crown? Read on to find out.
What is a crown?
You might have heard of teeth being "capped;" this is an outdated term for a crown. However, both of these names accurately describe the purpose of this restoration - to sit on top of a natural tooth. Crowns are often made from tooth-colored porcelain; they are shaped like a tooth and have a hollowed-out space on the underneath side. This space is the same shape as the tooth after your Portage dentist has prepared the tooth by removing the decayed areas. Crowns fit snugly on top of the prepared natural tooth and stay in place. Crowns can last many years with proper care.
Why do I need a crown?
There are several reasons why your Portage dentist may suggest crowns for your teeth. The main one is that you have an area of decay that is too large or deep to support a filling properly. This can also happen if a previous filling has failed. The crown will protect the tooth from breaking or bacteria from entering the tooth's interior. Crowns may also be used to cover up cosmetic flaws that can't be fixed by other means, such as whitening or bonding, and they're also the finishing touch on dental implants.
If you think one or more of your teeth might need a crown, contact Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Hector. We can be reached at (269) 381-7250.
Learn about crowns and bridges from your Portage, MI dentist.
A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges maybe your best option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.
What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.
Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.
How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.
Contact your Portage Dentist
Call your Portage, MI dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.
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