Fixing gaps caused by one or more missing teeth is a simple procedure involving dental bridges and crowns. Robert G. Veligdan, DMD, a renowned cosmetic surgeon in Manhattan, New York City, corrects tooth discoloration with custom-built crowns, also known as caps, and repairs gaps caused by tooth loss with bridges. For one or both procedures, book your appointment online or call his practice today to begin treatment.
A crown sometimes referred to as a cap, is a dental treatment that thoroughly covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. When fixed into place, crowns permanently become the tooth’s outer layer. They're typically made from porcelain, metal alloy, or a combination of dental ceramic and metal alloy.
Dental crowns enhance the appearance of your natural tooth but also strengthen it by functioning as a splint to hold the tooth together. Crowns fix chipped or broken teeth and hold dental bridges in place.
A dental bridge is a device to replace one or several missing teeth. Bridges are often made from porcelain or ceramic materials. If your teeth and gums are healthy, a bridge is fitted into place. Bridges span the gap between your missing teeth, cementing to the remaining teeth or implants. Once cemented, it’s impossible to take out, unlike dentures.
Dr. Veligdan must check the health of your gums and teeth to prepare for the crown and bridge. Depending on the degree of tooth damage, he may need to build a foundation if there isn’t much tooth left. Once the tooth is ready, he files it down to fit the crown or bridge. He’ll take dental impressions of your teeth to build the devices.
In the meantime, he may attach a temporary crown or bridge with a unique, weakened cement, until the permanent one is ready. During your follow-up visit, Dr. Veligdan replaces the temporary crown with the custom-built, permanent version. He may need to polish or graze the crown once it’s permanently cemented in place.
Once the crown is fitted, you shouldn’t experience further discomfort or sensitivity. Crowns can chip or break, so do your best to take care of them. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily.
Treat bridges just as your natural teeth. If you continue good oral hygiene habits, they can last for 5-15 years or longer.
Restore and protect your teeth with crowns (CAP) and bridges, a permanent solution for restoration of your smile. Call Dr. Veligdan or book your appointment online to get started.