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If you are missing a tooth, you are vulnerable to a host of different problems starting from difficulty with eating to even speaking—and it doesn’t end there. Missing teeth can also lead to poor nutrition and self-confidence. It is a good thing that there are several techniques to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges and crowns are some of the most reliable and affordable techniques among these.
Our qualified Anchorage dentist, Dr. Miles has years of experience providing crowns and bridges. If you’re looking for a reliable means of restoring your lost smile, the staff at Delaney Park Dental is here to help.
Crowns can provide both partial and full cover for missing teeth and are an essential component of dentures and dental implants. The crown covers a tooth completely above the gum line, providing the basis for natural-looking false teeth. Crowns restore the damaged areas and offer a better appearance than other dental procedures and replacements. While crowns are mostly made from porcelain, there is also an abundance of other materials for the crown filling. Here at Delaney Park Dental, we have the technology in our office that allows us to provide patients with their finished crown in just one day!! Most offices need over a week, and multiple visits to deliver your crown. Call us today at 907-276-7787 to find out more about same day dental crowns in Anchorage, Alaska!
Other dental offices require at least two or three visits, but at Delaney Park Dental, we have the technology to get crowns done for our patients in one day! At the start, we’ll focus our efforts on reshaping the damaged tooth of it isn’t missing. This may require a bit of drilling for which anesthetics are used to dull the pain that comes with the procedure. If the tooth is missing, a foundation is built in the missing gap to accommodate the crown.
Next, a mold or impression of the surgical area is taken to create the false teeth that are accurately measured to fit in the gap perfectly. These days, 3D printers or scanners are used for this purpose for more immediate and accurate results. Once the replacements are created, all that is left is the delivery, so patients are usually given temporary crowns to ease themselves with the feeling of moving around with a crown. In our office, you will have your new crown the same day of your first appointment which is incredibly convenient!Finally, the crown is attached, and the whole procedure is completed. It should be noted that crowns are the basis of more advanced dental procedures like dentures and bridges. In the case of multiple teeth replacement, two crowns are used to form the bridge to hold the rest of the teeth, depending on the patient’s requirement.
A bridge is built with the help of the healthy teeth on both sides of the gap left by the missing tooth. The artificial replacement tooth which the bridge is built for is called “pontic” after the French word “pont” which means bridge. Support is provided by the healthy adjacent teeth on either side just like a bridge that is supported over a canyon. These healthy teeth are called abutments.
The abutment teeth cannot provide the crucial support by themselves, so they are first “crowned” or “capped.” “Crowning” is done in the same process as if the teeth need crowns for any other reason like significant decay. When the abutment teeth are crowned, they are first removed and then the crowns are fitted in the cavity. Then the pontic teeth are attached in the middle of the two abutment teeth. The pontic is also another crown, but it has not been attached underneath.
If you are missing a tooth, you will need a three-unit bridge. This arrangement needs three crowns in total. Two crowns will be used to cover the two abutment teeth which are on each side of the gap made by the missing teeth. After they are “crowned,” these two teeth will support the third crown which is placed between them. The third crown will fill the gap made by the missing teeth.
As the number of missing teeth increases, the number of crowns required for bridging the gap increases as well as the number of abutment teeth required to support the crowns. The placement and number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, and other factors need to be taken into account when calculating the number of crowns and abutments required. Three missing teeth, for example, may require four abutment teeth for support. This will create a seven-tooth bridge.If you are getting a dental bridge, then you will usually require at least two visits to Delaney Park Dental. The abutment teeth will be prepared in the first visit. You will be under local anesthesia when the abutment teeth are prepared to reduce any pain when drilling is done. A 3D model of your teeth will be made using digital scanning or a putty-like impression material. Before leaving, you will be given a temporary bridge to wear. When the permanent bridge is ready, it will be cemented in place on your next visit.
After surgery care and maintenance for both crowns and bridges are quite similar. Crowned teeth require the same dental hygiene as real teeth to reduce the buildup of dental plaque, as plaque loosens the crown and is a common reason for complaints that crowns don’t last long.
Standard dental care like flossing and brushing your teeth is mandatory after surgery maintenance for both crowns and bridges. Unless pressure and extreme stress is applied by accident, crowns and bridges usually feel natural within a week or so after the procedures have been done. Other than these basics, if you have prior habits like biting nails or grinding teeth, you should strive hard to avoid them until the crown or bridge has acclimated to its place in your mouth.
Dr. Todd Miles
Dr. Miles loves dentistry. Over his career he has found he is most passionate about Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Because of that, he has chosen to exclusively work with patients with those needs. He is fully committed to providing compassionate and meticulous dental care to you using the newest technology to provide this often-expensive treatment affordably. He understands that everyone has different needs.
It is important to Dr. Miles that you fully understand the pros and cons of all available treatment options, and he will help you find the best treatment possible.
On a more personal note, Dr. Miles enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his wife and sons.
880 N St #301
Anchorage, AK 99501
Delaney Park Dental is located on N St #301 Anchorage We are located about 20 minutes from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (YOW). For additional questions, you can call us at (907) 276-7787 or you can find us on Yelp.
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Tuesday. 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday. 8AM – 5PM
Thursday 8AM – 5PM
Friday 8AM – 5PM
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