A dental crown is used to cover damaged, decayed, cracked, or worn teeth or can be used in a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD, and Gerard Wasselle, DMD, provide the highest quality dental restorations in a comfortable, stress-free office. With over 60 years combined experience providing Excellence in Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, our dentists will match your crown or bridge to your existing teeth to achieve a radiant new smile. Call our office to book an appointment to discuss your treatment options.
Dental crowns are a permanent restoration that covers your tooth restoring function and appearance. Crowns are both cosmetic and restorative. As a dental restoration, crowns are placed on teeth that have cavities that are too large to repair with a dental filling or teeth that have become damaged or have had root canal therapy. As a cosmetic restoration, crowns are used to cover teeth to improve the aesthetics and correct occlusion. Dental crowns are sometimes called “caps” and are permanently cemented to and cover your natural tooth above the gum line.
A dental bridge fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of two or more abutment crowns that rest on teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth connected by a pontic crown that replaces the missing teeth. A dental bridge is a single unit that is permanently cemented to the abutments on each side of the gap.
Either Dr. Rotroff or Dr. Wasselle will use a dental x-ray of your affected tooth to determine if it can support a crown. After numbing the area, your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth for the crown by removing any decay and reshaping the tooth so the crown will fit.
After thoroughly cleaning the tooth and placing antibacterial medication where the decay or break occurred, your dentist will place filling material in the space. To ensure a proper bite, an impression is taken of the tooth and those above or beneath it. Before sending the case to the dental lab, your dentist will select a shade for your new tooth that’s an exact match to the teeth around it. Once your new crown or bridge is permanently cemented, your restoration will blend with your smile and last for years to come.
Even though your crown or bridge is permanently cemented in place, it typically will not last forever. Most crowns and bridges will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years -though we have seen then last more than 20 years! The longevity of the appliance depends on your oral hygiene habits as well as your overall health. Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings, and staying away from hard foods that could damage your dental crown will help it last for your years to come.
Excellence in Dentistry is a cosmetic dentistry practice in South Florida providing the highest quality, compassionate dental care to our patients in Broward County. With over 60 years combines experience, Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle combine their skill and experience with the latest technology to provide the best dental restorations to improve your oral health and your smile. To learn more about how dental crowns or dental bridges can improve your smile, schedule a consultation by calling 954-928-1666.