Yonkers Dental Arts
General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Westchester, Yonkers, NY
If you’re embarrassed by missing or damaged teeth, crowns and bridges may be the ideal way to restore your dental health and smile. Alicia Schraner, DDS, at Yonkers Dental Arts is experienced in the placement of minimally invasive crown and bridges to improve your oral health. At her practice serving Westchester County in Yonkers, New York, Dr. Schraner offers comprehensive, in-office restoration services using crowns and bridges to give you back your smile. Learn more about the oral health benefits of crowns and bridges by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are two options for restoring teeth damaged by injury or decay. Both services can enhance your smile and the stability of your teeth.
A crown is a covering that resembles the structure of a natural tooth and fits snugly over your existing tooth. You may need this type of service if you have a chipped or fractured tooth and want to enhance the look of your tooth and restore its strength.
A bridge is a restorative option that replacing a missing tooth. The bridge device attaches to the teeth surrounding the missing one and contains an artificial tooth to fill in the existing gap. You can also use a bridge to replace multiple teeth.
What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?
Missing or damaged teeth can affect the way you speak or chew food. To help preserve your natural tooth, Dr. Schraner can recommend a crown to restore the look of your tooth rather than having it extracted.
Crowns are made of porcelain materials that look a lot like your natural enamel. The material is also durable and stain-resistant, ensuring your smile stays bright for years. Crowns also add strength to teeth weakened by decay or disease.
Bridges are made of porcelain as well and designed to look like your other teeth. By replacing lost teeth with a bridge, you can improve your chewing and speaking ability. Bridges also prevent facial sagging that occurs when you’re missing multiple teeth.
What can I expect during a crown or bridge placement?
To keep you comfortable during the procedure, Dr. Schraner provides a local anesthetic. For a crown, she needs to remove some of the enamel of the tooth to ensure a good fit. A dental lab makes a custom crown based on your specific needs and Dr. Schraner attaches it over your existing tooth with special dental cement.
During a bridge procedure, Dr. Schraner must also prepare the teeth surrounding the missing tooth to make room for the bridge. She places each side of the bridge on the adjacent teeth, securing it in place with dental cement. The artificial tooth attached to the bridge fills in the gap of the missing tooth.
Both crowns and bridges are easy to care for, and Dr. Schraner can show you how to brush and floss around your restorations. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also important to ensure your crown or bridge remains secure for years to come.
If you need to repair a damaged tooth or replace a missing tooth, consider the many benefits of crowns and bridges. Schedule a restoration consultation at Yonkers Dental Arts today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.
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