Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges Specialist
Having certain dental flaws, such as damaged teeth, can make it hard for you to flash a smile around others. You might even avoid chatting with other people if you’re highly self-conscious about your teeth. You can improve your smile and give your self-confidence a boost with dental crowns or bridges. At Danforth Dental, Dr. Frank A. Facella offers crowns and bridges for patients in Framingham, Massachusetts who have missing, damaged, or discolored teeth.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

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What are Dental Crowns For?

Dental crowns cover your teeth, which helps conceal stains or damage. They also help your affected teeth function normally again. For example, if you had trouble chewing due to a chipped or cracked tooth, having a crown makes it more comfortable to chew again. Dr. Facella might recommend crowns if you have any of the following:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Weak teeth due to decay
  • Large or broken fillings
  • Uneven bite

What are Crowns Made From?

You can opt for crowns made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of both, but porcelain ones are generally the best choice. They’re not easily damaged, and they most closely match the look of your natural teeth. Dr. Facella goes over the pros and cons of each option, so you can make a well-informed decision on which crowns to get.

What Can I Expect From Dental Crowns?

Getting a dental crown isn’t as simple as putting a cover or cap on your teeth. Dr. Facella has to reshape your teeth to make sure your crowns fit securely. For severely damaged teeth, Dr. Facella might have to use a filling material to get crowns to fit. After reshaping your teeth, he’ll make impressions of them and have a lab create custom crowns based on these impressions. You can expect to wear temporary crowns until the permanent ones are made. When your crowns are ready, Dr. Facella places them on your teeth.

What are Dental Bridges For?

Dental bridges replace missing teeth to help restore your smile. Having a bridge instead of a gap also helps prevent the teeth on either side from shifting out of position. When you have a dental bridge, it means you have an artificial tooth with the teeth on both sides of it acting as anchors. Dr. Facella might recommend a dental bridge if you have a missing tooth with teeth in good condition on either side of it.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Bridge?

Dr. Facella will reshape your healthy “anchor” teeth and fit them with crowns. He’ll take an impression of your natural teeth and use this to have an artificial tooth made. When that tooth is ready, Dr. Facella sets in place and secures it to the natural teeth on either side.

If you need more information on dental crowns and bridges, please contact Danforth Dental to schedule an appointment.

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