When you go to see your local Green Bay dentist at Oral Health Associates for pain in your tooth, one of the first options for treatment is a filling if the pain is caused by a cavity. What do you do if the damage to the tooth is too severe for a filling but not severe enough for an extraction? Our professionals at Oral Health Associates may opt for a crown. This device covers the tooth down to the gum line, restoring normal function and appearance to the teeth.
Creating a crown or cap can take two or three visits. During the initial visit, we prepare the damaged tooth for the crown by shaping it to fit inside the covering. We numb the tooth and immediate area and proceed as necessary. If there is insufficient tooth material, we may build up the tooth for better crown support. The next step is to make impressions of the teeth and send these off to our laboratory where the crown is made from dental ceramics. We attach a temporary crown until the next visit. At the second visit, we attach the permanent crown using a dental cement or resin.
We can also create a bridge with crowns. This allows us to attach a number of artificial teeth using abutments placed at the beginning and end of the bridge. The number of abutments depends on the number of missing teeth, and it is important that this bridgework is performed by an experienced professional.
To care for your crowns and bridges, brush and floss your natural and artificial teeth twice a day and see your Green Bay family and cosmetic dentist every six months. Be sure to wear a mouth guard if you grind your teeth while sleeping, and avoid using your teeth to open things.
Oral Health Associates is happy to answer any of your questions regarding crowns or other dental procedures. Contact us with your questions by calling 920-437-3376. You may also request an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
We at Oral Health Associates hope this notice finds you and your family in good health. Over the last few months Green Bay has been through a lot, and we all are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. One thing that has not changed during this time is our commitment to the safety of you and our staff.
You may have noticed infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our established processes ensure you receive care that is both safe and comfortable. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first contagious illness to have circulated our country, nor will it be the last. Over the lifetime of our practice we have successfully prevented the transmission of many infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS in addition to our annual “flu season.” Furthermore, hepatitis in its many forms, HPV, herpes, etc. are all part of our everyday lives as your dental care team.
In addition to our standard and universal precautions we want to tell you of additional infection control procedures we have implemented. We follow the daily updates and recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC, and OSHA. You may notice the following changes at your next appointment:
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the steps we take to ensure the safety of everyone in our office. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.
Oral Health Associates