Crowns And Bridges
If you have missing teeth, crowns and bridges are a popular and effective solution for restoring the function and appearance of your smile. Located in Midtown East, Manhattan, New Century Smile specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry, helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Led by George Manthas, DDS, the practice offers convenient appointments and individualized patient care. To find out if a crown or bridge is right for you, call the New York City office to book an appointment today.
What is a crown?
A crown is a versatile prosthetic used to address structural and cosmetic concerns. Also known as a cap, crowns can be applied over damaged teeth, implants, or attached to a dental bridge. Crowns are used to restore strength, function, and appearance to broken and missing teeth. They’re an effective solution to common issues like:
- Cracked teeth
- Weak teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Large cavities
Crowns are also commonly applied to teeth that have undergone a root canal. They are constructed from several materials, including metal, ceramic, and porcelain.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth. Bridges work by closing the gap left by missing teeth. A bridge is made up of a replacement tooth that’s supported by two crowns on either side. The team at New Century Smile helps determine if a bridge is the best solution for you.
The first stage for getting a bridge is the preparation of the teeth that will support the replacement tooth. To make room for the crowns, your dentist removes a portion of your tooth enamel.
The next stage is the development of your bridge, which the team creates from impressions of your teeth.
The final stage involves placing the crown and making any necessary adjustments. Bridges offer you a reliable, long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Because surrounding teeth support bridges, they provide similar strength and function like your natural teeth.
How do I care for my bridge or crown?
Although crowns and bridges are replacement teeth, you still have to care for them to avoid complications with your oral health. It’s essential to follow proper oral hygiene routines to ensure the longevity of your replacement.
Just like your natural teeth, your replacement teeth need to be brushed and flossed at least twice per day. Regular dentist visits can help you identify any malfunctions or complications with your crown or bridge.
To speak with the team about restoring your smile, call the office to book an appointment today.