Dental Crowns & Bridges in the North Arlington & Kearny Areas
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are essentially artificial caps used to restore existing teeth for both functional and cosmetic purposes. Crowns are needed when teeth become damaged or have been structurally compromised in some way. Dr. Ekstein can use dental crowns to give your teeth the proper shape and function while adding the necessary strength for everyday use. Crowns are cemented to the existing tooth structure and are usually made of porcelain on high noble metal, zirconia, or gold.
Dental Crowns vs. Fillings
While fillings are only meant to cover a small portion of the tooth, a crown or cap encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface. A major motivation for choosing crowns over fillings is that crowns provide more surface coverage. A crown is preferable when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings cannot be placed. Porcelain or zirconia crowns look and feel similar to natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by missing teeth. Gaps between teeth can be detrimental to your dental and overall health. Gaps can cause occlusal disease, and if left untreated, more extensive dental work will be required. Dental bridges help alleviate the problem by restoring the proper occlusion, or bite. They are formed by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth, or Pontic, where the gap is. Crowns are then placed over the teeth and a false tooth is fused to the two crowns, effectively filling the space.
About Implant-Supported Bridges
Sometimes, dental bridges may be necessary, but the surrounding teeth are not in a healthy enough condition to support standard dental crowns. In situations like this, Dr. Ekstein may recommend an implant-supported bridge. These types of bridges are similar to regular dental bridges in their use and functionality, but they are supported by implants instead of by your natural teeth.
Visiting us at least once every six months will help to prevent you from needing these procedures, or catch them in their early stages so extensive work is not necessary. If you have not been to the dentist in six months or more, contact us below or at (201) 627-5060 and our team will work to meet your oral health needs.
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