Do you have a cracked tooth or chipped tooth? Do you have a missing tooth you want to replace? A crown or bridge option may work for you. We offer crowns and bridges for both cosmetic and restorative purposes so that our valued patients can enjoy their smiles while preserving their oral health.
A filling requires that most of the tooth structure is present to support it. When a tooth has experienced severe decay or may be cracked, a filling may be inadequate because both the filling and the tooth may split under the stress of regular use.
A crown sits over the remaining part of the normal tooth structure and reinforces it while enhancing the function and appearance of the original tooth.
A bridge is similar to a crown however, dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of a gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth or teeth are connected in-between. The gap left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift or move unfavorably. It is important for your oral health to replace missing teeth and a bridge may be a good option.
Dental crowns and bridges can correct:
Stained or discolored teeth
Chipped teeth / gaps in teeth
Broken teeth / misshapen teeth
To have a crown or bridge placed, you will typically need 2 or more visits. On your first visit, the teeth are numbed and then prepared to fit a crown or bridge. An impression is made for a lab to design and fabricate the crown or bridge. Additionally a temporary crown or bridge will be placed until the permanent one is created. On the next visit, your permanent crown or bridge will be carefully assessed and modified to ensure a proper fit. Then the permanent structure will be cemented in place.
Crowns and bridges are made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain overlaid on metal. Crowns and bridgework can be a very reliable solution for major dental problems cause through accidents, diseases, or just normal wear and tear. Major problems can usually be correct with these techniques.
It’s time to make an investment in your smile. For more information about dental crowns or bridges, or to schedule a consult call us at 727-541-5606.