DeChellis & Stonestreet Dentistry
A Great Dentist
(330) 726-8060
Youngstown, OH 44512

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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If you are looking for a new dental home in the Boardman or Columbiana areas, you probably have a number of questions you need answered before making a decision.

We welcome your questions! Here are some of the most common ones we hear, but if yours is not listed, you can email us or – better yet – just give us a call!

Crowns and Bridges

Dentistry is constantly changing, improving the care we are able to provide our patients. Technology also makes the treatment we provide more accurate and convenient so you can enjoy health and longevity when it comes to your smile.

Our doctors take far beyond the required minimum continuing education hours in order to provide our patients with the best care and the newest advances in dentistry. Some of our additional training and experience includes learning more about mini implants, root canal therapy, and dental extractions. Often, when you choose our Columbiana or Boardman dental office, we can complete most treatment without the need for a referral to a specialist.

We also have an in-house denture lab so that our patients who have missing teeth can enjoy the highest quality and best fit possible.

Our digital x-rays allow us to see what we cannot detect with the naked eye alone with up to 90 percent less radiation, making them the safest possible!

For comfort and accuracy, we also take digital impressions. We can avoid using the gooey, imperfect impression material of the past when it comes to restorations that require precision measurements such as crowns and veneers.

Contact us to schedule your next dental exam and enjoy all the modern techniques and equipment our dental offices have to offer.

Come in and have it evaluated to see if the crown is still healthy. We will check the edges all around the crown to make sure it has a tight fit and make sure that food is not getting stuck between your teeth. We will take an x-ray of the crown to make sure the parts of the crown between the teeth and below the gumline are healthy. If there is a problem, we will let you know if your crown needs repaired or replaced.

A crown, or cap as it is called by many, is a covering which goes over a tooth to protect and strengthen the tooth. Often times a tooth will need a crown if a tooth is broken, has previously had a filling which broke, or if it has had a root canal. A crown can also help to correct the alignment of a misaligned tooth or correct the shape of a malformed tooth to blend in naturally with your smile.

A crown, or cap as it is called by many, is a covering which is fixed in place over a single tooth to protect and strengthen that tooth. A bridge, on the other hand, treats multiple teeth. It is one way to replace missing teeth by connecting a series of crowns together and attaching to teeth in front of and behind a gap to fill the gap.

If you have decay and we have recommended a crown instead of a filling, you might have some questions as to why this type of restoration is necessary.

We get it! We want you to understand your conditions as well as the treatment options available so you can make a good decision regarding your oral health.

In cases of decay, the proper restoration really depends on how quickly we are able to diagnose and treat your condition. If it has been awhile since you have visited the dentist, conditions such as decay and gum disease can progress quickly. That is why we recommend regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings at least every six months.

Small instances of decay are often able to be treated using tooth-colored fillings. We will remove decay and fill the cavity in your tooth, polishing it to bring it to a beautiful shine. In cases of deep decay that can affect the structure of your tooth, however, a dental crown may be a more appropriate treatment. A dental crown protects and strengthens your tooth by completely covering it like a protective helmet. That way, it absorbs some of the force from chewing.

If you have questions about your recommended treatment, contact our Boardman or Columbiana dental office to schedule your next exam. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile!

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