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In order to maintain your oral health, it is important to take action against decay and infection as early as possible. A missing tooth or one that is severely damaged can significantly impair the health and appearance of your smile, and can lead to a variety of dental complications, including speech impediment, malocclusion, infected tissue, and gum disease. With dental crowns and bridges, the team at our Albuquerque practice can treat these conditions, help prevent the onset of related complications, and restore the appearance, function, and health of your smile.
Artificial teeth crafted from all-ceramic materials, crowns and bridges are bonded in place with dental cement and provide years of benefits with proper maintenance. If you are missing a tooth or suffer from poor oral health, this treatment option may be right for you. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ziemann, he can educate you on your options so that you can make an informed decision regarding the health of your teeth. To arrange an appointment, please contact Dental Design Solutions of New Mexico today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic designed to encase a damaged or decayed teeth, restoring its function and appearance. At our Albuquerque dental office, every dental crown that we place is made from all-ceramic material. We do not utilize amalgam materials in any of our treatments, as all-ceramic restorations are superior to amalgam-hybrid restorations in almost every way: they have greater biocompatibility, they are immune to color leakage, and they look completely natural. Traditional amalgam restorations expand and contract at a greater rate than natural tooth material; this difference in expansion properties can lead to undue stress on the teeth, which can result in premature wear, cracks, and chips, as well as the potential for infection and decay beneath the restoration. By using all-ceramic materials, these risks are eliminated.
The placement of a dental crown is a multi-stage process. Once it has been decided that a dental crown will be best-suited to your needs, the affected tooth will be modified to receive the dental prosthetic. Decayed tooth material will be removed and the tooth will be reshaped and resized so that it can receive the dental crown. The new crown must fit perfectly among surrounding teeth; if the underlying tooth is too large, this uniform fit cannot be achieved.
Once the tooth has been appropriately modified, a mold will be made of the treatment area. From this mold, your dental crown will be fabricated from ceramic in a specialized dental laboratory. While you wait for your permanent crown to be fabricated, you will be given a temporary crown to act as a placeholder. Once your crown is complete, you will return to our office to have it placed and secured.
At Dental Design Solutions of New Mexico, we take pride in our work and are committed to providing each of our patients with restorations that meet the highest standards for quality, fit, and finish. For this reason, we craft our restorations exclusively in a dental laboratory. Dr. Ron Ziemann has more than 30 years of experience as a cosmetic and restorative dentist, and has yet to come across a dental crown manufactured in-office with a chairside restoration machine that can match that created in a specialized dental laboratory.
The most durable, longest-lasting solution for a missing tooth is an implant-supported prosthetic. However, some individuals find dental implants to be a cost-prohibitive option, and for others the placement process – a titanium implant post is drilled directly into the jaw bone – causes hesitation. At our Albuquerque practice, we offer an alternative: dental bridges. For the treatment of gaps resulting from missing or extracted teeth, dental bridges provide an effective, long-lasting, comfortable, and budget-friendly solution. With no drilling necessary and natural-looking results, dental bridges are the treatment of choice for many of our patients.
So what is a dental bridge? Put simply, it’s a dental prosthetic designed to “bridge” gaps in-between the teeth. A dental bridge is made up of a false tooth, known as a pontic, and two anchoring dental crowns. The crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap being treated, allowing the pontic to reside in the gap’s place.
The dental bridge is so-called because the false tooth hangs over the treatment area; though secured with dental cement to prevent the incursion of bacteria, there is no physical connection as there is with a dental implant. By anchoring the pontic with dental crowns, the new false tooth functions and looks just as a natural tooth would, for a range of benefits. An added benefit of a dental bridge is that it prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place to fill the gap being treated, thus eliminating the risk of malocclusion and related complications. Minor cases of malocclusion, such as Class 1 crowding, may be corrected through the use of a dental bridge as well, through extraction and placement of a prosthetic.