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May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know if either of these dental restorations is right for your smile?restorative dentistry

There are so many restorative dentistry options out there that it can often feel daunting when doing your own online research. When you come in for care at Kuhn Family Dentistry, our Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, prides herself on offering the right restorations when you need it. Find out more about crowns and bridges and how they could improve your oral health.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a hollow, tooth-shaped cap that is tailor-made to fit over your tooth. “Why would it go over a tooth?” you might ask. There are many reasons our Reno general dentist may recommend getting a dental crown. In essence, a crown is meant to take over the outer structure of a tooth to protect it from further damage. This isn’t necessary for all teeth, only teeth that are already cracked or damaged by decay. Teeth that also require root canal therapy will often need a crown after treatment. Plus, those who hate discolorations or malformed areas in a tooth can also improve its appearance with this restoration.

What is a dental bridge?

Are you missing one or more teeth in a row? If you said “yes”, then a dental bridge may be able to solve all of your problems. A bridge is a restoration that is also custom-made to fit your mouth. It will fill the gap left over by the missing teeth and replace them with false teeth. The false teeth are supported by dental crowns, which are placed over natural, neighboring teeth. Once the crowns are placed, then the false tooth, or "pontic", can be attached in between the two crowns to restore your smile.

What are the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges?

There are many reasons why someone should get a crown or a dental bridge. When you get one of these restorations you’ll also enjoy,

  • Getting a full smile back
  • A boost to your self-confidence
  • An enhanced appearance
  • A restoration that lasts up to a decade or more with the proper care
  • Protection against further tooth-related damage
  • Preventing other teeth from shifting into the open space left by your missing tooth or teeth

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns or bridges? Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate? If so, call Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental problems don't have to keep you from smiling. A crown or bridge may be all you need to restore your smile. Your Reno, NV, dental crownsdentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, explains how crowns and bridges work.

Crowns strengthen and restore teeth

Your teeth may be strong, but they aren't unbreakable. If you grind your teeth at night, use them as a tool or even bite down on a hard nut, a crack may develop. Cracks usually worsen with time and can cause your tooth to break or split. Covering a cracked tooth with a crown offers a simple way to protect the tooth and prevent a fracture. Crowns are often recommended if your teeth have become weak due to the effects of aging or certain dental procedures, such as root canal treatment, or have broken.

Crowns are made of materials that are not only tough but also look very much like tooth enamel, including porcelain, ceramic or resin. The restorations, commonly called caps, are hollow crowns are designed to slip over your teeth, providing unparalleled protection for fragile or broken teeth.

Crowns improve the appearance of teeth

Because crowns completely encase teeth, they're also recommended if you're concerned about a cosmetic issue. Whether your tooth has noticeable pits, chips or bumps, a crown offers the ideal way to make these problems vanish. Grinding your teeth at night can not only crack them, but may also make teeth shorter. Crowns restore the normal length of your teeth and can also be used to change their shape. They're a good option if you want to make a tooth look a little straighter or fit in with the rest of your smile.

Bridges replace missing teeth

Are you concerned about a missing tooth? A bridge will fill the gap in your smile and make eating more comfortable. Your new bridge will consist of an artificial tooth connected to two crowns. In some cases, several artificial teeth can be used to make a bridge.

What happens during the crown and bridge process?

When you visit Dr. Kuhn's Reno office for a crown or bridge, the first steps will be the same. Because crowns fit over teeth, the teeth that will receive the crowns must be prepared to make sure the crown or bridge will fit correctly. After the dental laboratory receives an impression of your mouth, it will create your new crown or bridge. In most cases, it will take about two weeks to receive a new crown or bridge. In the meantime, you'll wear temporary crowns over your prepared teeth.

Would you like to improve your smile with crowns and bridges improve your smile! Call your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, at (775) 829-9331 to schedule an appointment.