Dental Crowns & Bridges in North Andover, MA
Nobody’s teeth are perfect. Your natural teeth may be crooked, crowded or spaced unevenly -- or maybe years of everyday use has left them worn down, broken, stained or discolored. If that sounds like your smile, there’s good news for you: Willows Dental can correct all of these problems with bridges and crowns in North Andover, MA.
Read on to learn more about these excellent options in dentistry, and what they can do for you and your damaged teeth.
We love to treat our patients’ teeth like royalty with dental crowns. This solution is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits securely over the entire natural tooth -- that’s right, “crowning” the tooth. It goes just below the gumline for a super-stable fit you’ll never have to give a second thought. Our team may recommend crowns if you have a worn tooth, or for cracks and fractures in the tooth enamel. Crowns can also help to improve the appearance of a severely stained or discolored tooth.
If you’re missing more than one tooth, Willows Dental may recommend a fixed bridge. This treatment option will help you smile, speak and chew just like normal again -- and the total process is usually completed in just two trips to the dentist.
A fixed dental bridge is a set of composite teeth that replaces the missing natural teeth. To apply this kind of bridge, your dentist places a support crown on the healthy teeth on each side of the gap -- these anchor the bridge. Between the crowns fit your replacement teeth, or the bridge. The result is a secure replacement that, when cared for properly, can last for more than ten years.
How to Care for Dental Crowns and Bridges
After you have your replacement crown or bridge, it’s important that you maintain the health of the rest of your teeth, as the success of your new replacement depends largely on your oral health. Prevent gum disease with regular brushing and flossing -- brushing for two minutes, at least twice a day, and flossing once a day. If you need a little reminder of the proper hygiene techniques, your dentist or dental hygienist will be happy to help -- just ask!
Maintaining good eating habits -- a healthy diet, free from too much sugar -- will also go far in helping to protect your new crown or bridge, as well as remembering to rinse your mouth with water after you consume sugary snacks or beverages. These may seem like small steps, but when combined, they make a big difference in your oral health.