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Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown or dental bridge can be used to correct issues resulting from decay, cracks, or trauma to teeth. Dental crowns and bridges also help to prevent future problems by bettering your oral health for years to come.
Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, cover damaged teeth to restore function and appearance. First, an impression of the damaged tooth is taken. This impression serves as a model for creating a dental crown custom fit to your bite, alignment, and tooth size. The crown strengthens the tooth for lasting health. The type of material used to make a crown depends on your unique needs, including where in the mouth the crown will be placed.
Different types of dental crowns suite different purposes.
A temporary dental crown is made of metal alloy or acrylic. These are made in the dentist’s office to cover the tooth while a permanent crown is being created in a dental lab.
Other types of dental crowns include stainless steel, metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all ceramic crowns.
A crown may also be used to protect the root canal of a tooth, cover a dental implant, or attach a dental bridge.
Missing teeth not compromise your smile, they can lead to a number of oral health problems including shifting, difficulty chewing or speaking, and infection. The missing tooth leaves an open space where gum disease can enter and grow. This missing space also gives neighboring teeth a place to shift to, which can lead to misalignment of bite and related issues (such as TMJ).
A dental bridge eliminates the gap left by a missing tooth. Dental bridges come in two forms: removable and permanent.
A removable dental bridge (also called a partial denture) can be taken out of the mouth to be cleaned and adjusted.
A permanent dental bridge (also called a denture) is fixed into the mouth and only removed by a professional.
To learn if dental crowns or bridges may be right for you, please give us a call.