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By Ilya V. Freyman, DMD
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth damage and loss happen. Decay, gum disease, accidents--they take a toll on smiles, but your dentist in Longwood, FL, Dr. Ilya restorative dentistryFreyman, has great solutions. Crowns and bridgework restore oral function and aesthetics, allowing you to eat, speak and smile just as if nothing happened. Following are the details on these wonderful restorations and tooth replacements offered by Dr. Freyman and his dedicated team.

When your tooth is heavily decayed...

It's weak and prone to fracture. However, it may be a candidate for a dental crown, a tooth-shaped jacket of porcelain, gold or porcelain fused to metal. Customized according to dental examination, X-rays and oral impressions, your dental crown fully covers remaining heathy tooth structure from the gums on up.

To install a crown, your dentist in Longwood gently removes the damaged portions of the tooth and reshapes the remaining enamel. He'll take impressions and place a temporary crown. The impressions accompany detailed instructions to a trusted dental lab where a skilled technician custom-crafts your crown. With porcelain crowns, the color will match your surrounding teeth.

At the next dental visit, Dr. Freyman removes the temporary restoration and bonds the new crown in place, making minor adjustments to the bite as needed. At home, you'll brush and floss as usual and see your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. These practices keep your crown intact and the surrounding gums healthy.

When you are missing multiple teeth...

Your speech, biting, chewing and appearance take a serious blow. Conventional bridgework has worked for decades to span smile gaps of one, two or even more teeth. In fact, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that 15 million conventional bridges currently are in place in the United States alone.

Made of artificial, or pontic, teeth affixed to neighboring natural teeth via crowns, conventional bridgework allows for natural oral function and smile aesthetics. Created in much the same way as single crowns, bridgework is permanently cemented in place and lasts an average of 10 years with regular at-home hygiene and in-office care.

More on crowns and bridges

Dental crowns also may restore modern dental implants, today's most stable and long-lasting tooth replacements. Multiple implants may be used to support bridges, too, avoiding the enamel preparation necessary to anchor conventional bridgework to adjoining teeth. Your dentist in Longwood will help you determine which restoration or tooth replacement is best for your particular case.

You and smile

The two of you can be happy and healthy again with crowns and bridges from Dr. Freyman. For a restorative dentistry consultation, please call Dr. Freyman at (407) 260-0224. You'll love how he carefully assesses your oral health needs and offers expert recommendations to solve your smile issues.