Failing or missing teeth plague millions of Americans, including you. What's the solution? Here at Ramsey Family Dental in Ramsey, NJ, Dr. Robert Boff and Dr. Banafsheh Goujani offer dental crowns and bridges that are both lifelike and durable. In fact, Dr. Boff specializes in these prosthetics—here are some reasons to consider them.
What is a dental crown?
A crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped restoration made to cover teeth damaged by:
- Deep and/or numerous cavities
- Weak or odd shape
- Oral trauma resulting in cracks, chips, or more substantial enamel loss
- Old and deteriorating fillings
To place a dental crown, your dentist at Ramsey Family Dental numbs the area around the tooth and proceeds to remove the damaged portions. The tooth is then shaped and oral impressions are taken in order to be sent to the dental lab that fashions the permanent crown. Following this step, a temporary cap is placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is finalized. After a week or two, the permanent cap will return to the office where it will be set in a way that
Dental crowns last for ten years or so, but only if you take care of them, reports Sharecare. So, brush and floss to keep the margins free of plaque, wear a bite guard if you clench your teeth and come to Ramsey Family Dental every six months for prophylactic care.
What is fixed bridgework?
Used to fill a smile gap composed of one or more teeth, fixed bridgework has two supporting crowns and the appropriate number of pontic, or artificial, teeth. Used for generations to stabilize real teeth and to recreate natural oral function and smile aesthetics, today's bridges also may be supported by dental implants surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Implants create maximum anchorage and maintain bone density, width, and height.
Most people get bridges because they want to have attractive smiles, avoid tooth drift/speech difficulties, and eat the foods they enjoy with ease. Fortunately, bridges last for years, particularly when supported by implants. Of course, the usual hygiene rules still apply: brush, floss, avoid hard foods and see your dentist twice a year.
Learn more about tooth replacement
Here at Ramsey Family Dental, Dr. Boff and Dr. Goujani use up-to-date diagnostic tools and premium-grade materials for all their restorations and tooth replacement procedures. For more information, contact the office at (201) 327-3060.