Damaged teeth or missing teeth can attract bacteria further leading to various dental problems. To avoid deterioration of oral health, you may be advised to get crowns or bridges, dental implants, or dentures depending on your case.
A dental crown or a dental cap is simply the manufactured tooth placed over a tooth- to cover the damaged tooth and restore its shape and size, strength and improve its appearance. The crown protects the tooth structure that cannot be done by fillings or other types of restorations. While there are various types of crowns available, porcelain crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, after which they can be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to suit the structure, shape, and size, and color of your natural teeth.
Dental bridges are prosthetic appliances that replace missing teeth. While a crown is sufficient when the patient has lost a single tooth, bridges are more functional and perfect when treating several missing teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more crowns on either side of the missing teeth. The anchoring teeth which are to be placed over your actual teeth are called an abutment and the false teeth used to place at the missing tooth’s place are called the pontics. The abutments are placed on the entire visible surface of the teeth.
There are certain prerequisites for getting dental crowns and bridges. Dr. Orfaly has suggested a set of conditions for candidacy for this treatment:
You have severely decayed teeth.
If there are one or more missing teeth.
You have enough bone density of the teeth surrounding the missing tooth.
You have misaligned teeth or too closely spaced teeth.
Dr. Orfaly will do a thorough dental checkup. After checking the oral condition, he will suggest to you the treatment for missing teeth. If the decision is to get the crowns or bridges, Dr. Orfaly will explain to you all about the process. Depending upon your case, your first appointment for dental crowns or bridges will be scheduled. A crown or bridge procedure generally requires two appointments.
Your first appointment for crowns and bridges will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown or bridge will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You may have soreness in the gums and your mouth feels tender immediately after the treatment. The soreness may go away after a few days.
You are allowed to resume your day-to-day activities usually a day after the appointment. The soreness of gums and bleeding in a few cases may take a few weeks to heal.
At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, you will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Dr. Orfaly suggests you completely avoid eating anything for 1 hour after the treatment. In the coming days, you are advised to follow a care routine
Avoid hot and cold foods. Instead, choose lukewarm foods.
Avoid eating hard and crunchy foods. Force on the bridges can create pressure. Consume soft foods.
Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth for a few days for brushing your teeth.
Use over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary.
Most dental insurance companies cover the cost of dental crown treatment fully and major portions of dental bridge treatment. These are restorative treatments that affect oral health of the patient and hence these are typically under dental insurance cover.
Depending on your dental insurance plan, Fisher & Orfaly Dental can find the best possible way to make payments for dental crowns or bridge treatment.
Coming to Dr Orfaly is The best decision I could have made. I didn’t have a dentist for years and they saw me when I had an emergency. Now I am getting all of my dental work here, perfect caps, bridges and hygiene. I highly recommend Dr Orfaly and his staff.
After having a negative experience with a filling with a past dentist, I was nervous to go to a new dentist with tooth pain. Dr. Orfaly and team were very understanding and knowledgable when walking me through my options for a cracked tooth. 10/10 would recommend due to their professionalism, attention to detail, and level of care. Thanks team!
Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.