Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most common treatments for replacing and restoring missing or damaged teeth. During your initial consultation at our office, our dentist will carefully examine your mouth to determine if these treatments are good options for you.
Dental crowns, or caps, are a treatment designed to restore the strength, functionality and appearance of teeth that have been broken or damaged by decay, disease or injury. Crowns are custom-made to fit your smile and are bonded over your original tooth to cover it and prevent further damage. Crowns can be made from many materials including zirconia, porcelain and gold. An alternative and more conservative approach to repair a damaged tooth is an onlay or partial crown. This specialized design, especially for your tooth, takes into consideration its strengths and weaknesses, supporting the weak parts, and allowing the integrity of the strong parts to remain untouched, ie. less damage to the tooth results.
If you are replacing a missing tooth, your crown may be placed atop a dental implant. Your dental crown and onlay (partial crown) is intended to be a long-lasting solution for your oral health and smile.
Dental bridges are replacements for missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth can shift out of position, causing you to develop a bad bite and making it more difficult for you to chew and speak normally. In addition, long-term tooth-loss shifting can take a toll on the TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, from right- and left-side imbalances from what should be a level bite. A dental bridge will literally “bridge” the gap in your smile to keep your teeth in the correct position, maintain a healthy bite and give you back a beautiful smile. Dental bridges are typically anchored in place by crowns attached to the teeth on either side of the prosthetic tooth, but may also be supported by a dental implant.
If you have any questions about dental crowns and bridges or wish to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please call our office today at 619-444-4083.