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By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
March 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Missing teeth do more than just upset the balance of your smile. Sagging facial muscles due to bone atrophy cause premature aging crowns and bridgesand potential issues with self-esteem. Crowns and bridges can help you repair your smile to prevent tooth loss and replace already missing teeth. Learn more about these dental restorations with help from your Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. Stephanie Wong.

What are crowns and bridges? 
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations usually made from porcelain. A dental laboratory customizes crowns and bridges specifically for you based on a mold of your teeth. Crowns are a cap-like structure which fits over the tooth to stabilize and strengthen it. A bridge is made up of 3 prosthetic teeth in a row, with crowns on the outer two teeth. The crowns anchor the bridge into place using the healthy teeth surrounding the gap to replace the missing tooth.

When are crowns and bridges needed? 
A crown helps strengthen a weakened tooth. Some situations where crowns are necessary include:

  • to stabilize a broken tooth
  • to strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • to give new life to a worn tooth
  • to improve the appearance of a misshaped or heavily stained tooth
  • to cover a dental implant

Those with a gap surrounded by healthy teeth benefit from a bridge. The teeth on both sides of the gap must be strong enough to support the restoration.

Are crowns or bridges right for me? 
Anyone considering a crown or bridge should be in good general dental health and maintain an excellent at-home oral care routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing once keeps your natural teeth and dental restorations alike healthy and clean. Additionally, seeing your Honolulu dentist at least twice a year for an examination and cleaning allows them to find and treat any problems early and prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wong, your Honolulu, HI dentist. Call (808) 732-3072 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
February 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Do you want to restore your smile? Do the options seem overwhelming and you are not sure which way to go? Stephanie Wong, D.M.D in Honolulu wants to help you make the best decisions possible when it comes to restoring your smile.

Two options that can be considered when restoring your smile are a crown or a bridge, but how do you know which is best for you? CrownsHere are some important facts to know about both options.

Crowns

A crown is also called a cap. A crown fully covers a damaged tooth to the gum line. You may need a crown when the tooth has become weak, fractured, discolored, or is misshapen. A crown can be used when the tooth can be saved. A crown can be made of a variety of materials, including: porcelain, ceramic, gold, or other metal alloys. A crown placed on a tooth will strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance.

When you have a crown placed, Dr. Wong will reduce the tooth down to leave behind the healthy part of the tooth. Next, she will take an impression of the tooth so the crown can be made to blend in with your natural teeth. While the permanent crown is being made, you will be given a temporary crown to wear. Once the permanent crown is ready, your temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be cemented onto your tooth.

Bridges

A bridge may be recommended when your damaged tooth is beyond repair or when you are missing one or more teeth. When you have a missing tooth or teeth, the remaining teeth in your mouth begin to shift which will result in a poor bite alignment. The missing teeth can also result in gum disease and TMJ disorders.

When you have a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap will be reduced down so crowns can be placed on them and the replacement tooth or teeth will be attached in between. Unlike dentures, bridges are permanently fixed in your mouth. Bridges are made out of the same materials as crowns.

Both crowns and bridges can last a lifetime with proper care. Brush and floss your teeth regularly and continue to see your dentist for regular check-ups.

Choosing a crown or a bridge will largely depend on your unique needs. Dr. Wong will fully examine your mouth and discuss with you the best options for restoring your smile. In Honolulu, call her today at (808) 732-3072!



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