When the overall integrity of the teeth has been compromised, it is often necessary to turn to restorative procedures like dental crowns and bridges. Unlike dental fillings which are used to address small imperfections in the teeth, crowns and bridges provide coverage for larger areas and help to add beauty and stability to your smile.
We can use a dental crown to completely cover and protect a natural tooth. Custom-designed for each tooth, a crown is typically made from metals and/or ceramics and is permanently cemented directly onto the tooth. A tooth that has been broken, cracked, severely decayed, or has previously undergone root canal therapy can benefit from the added strength that a crown provides.
Modern dental crowns are designed to look natural and feel comfortable. They may be used to restore a tooth in the front or in the back of the mouth, fitting perfectly down to the gum line. Dental crowns are also used to complete the dental implant procedure, in an instance where the implant post has already been placed surgically into the bone.
A dental bridge is a custom, permanent replacement where a natural tooth is missing. Made from the same materials as a single dental crown, a bridge is a series of three of more dental crowns, all linked together to form a single restoration. In a bridge, at least two natural teeth must be crowned to anchor the restoration, and an artificial crown will be suspended between the natural teeth.
A dental bridge is made to fit closely to the gum line to create the illusion that all of the teeth are present. Also, by filling up the vacant space of the missing tooth, a bridge effectively and permanently restores the complete chewing surface.
Secure Solutions for a Secure Bite
Dental crowns and bridges are designed to withstand the daily chewing forces, moisture, and temperature changes of the mouth for an average of 10 years. With care, these restorations are known to last far longer. Find out if crown and bridge restorations are right for you by scheduling a consultation today.
For more information, read “Dental Crowns 101.”