Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are beautiful lifelike restorations that no one else can even tell are not your own natural teeth. Sometimes a patient needs dental work beyond preventative care. He or she needs a restoration. Two common types of restorative procedures are crowns and bridges. Here, we will discuss why you or someone else in your family might need a crown or a bridge and how each works to restore a healthy beautiful smile.

Dental crowns are an effective option to:

  • Provide strength and integrity to a tooth that has had a root canal.
  • Repair a fractured tooth.
  • Restore a tooth that is weakened by decay.
  • Replace a missing tooth as the final step in a dental implant.
  • Disguise a misshapen or discolored tooth.
  • Replace a large filling that has been removed.
  • Anchor a bridge to replace one or more lost teeth.

By attaching porcelain crowns with composite bonding material, we can assure restorations that are strong and long-lasting. As opposed to crowns that are cemented into place, bonded crowns have a higher likelihood of staying in a position much longer. The use of porcelain means that our patients will not display in their smile a dark line where the crown meets the gums, as is often seen with porcelain fused to metal crowns.

Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are not removable and feel exactly like your own teeth. It is an important procedure because missing teeth pose a substantial risk to the patient. Living with missing teeth may result in gum disease or even TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders) if the bite is significantly misaligned. Additionally, a person with gaps usually tends to cover the mouth when speaking or laughing, and tries not to smile. That individual’s confidence certainly takes a beating.

A dental bridge contains an artificial tooth (or teeth) to fill the gap in the mouth. This tooth, called a pontic, is attached to anchors or abutments on the teeth on either side of the space. These adjacent teeth are crowned. So, a bridge involves a minimum of three teeth, but will indeed restore appearance and function.