Dental crowns improve the function and appearance of a damaged or missing tooth. They are also used to hold a dental bridge in place. A cap, or “crown” is placed over a decayed or cracked tooth to protect it from further damage. The natural look and feel of crowns make them an ideal treatment for these dental conditions.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns have several benefits that include:
- Restore your ability to chew
- Replace further damaged or cracked teeth
- Support a tooth that has a large filling
- Improve the look of a tooth that may be discolored or misshaped
A crown treatment will typically take 2 or 3 visits. The first visit will include taking x-rays and fitting the tooth for the crown. In the case the tooth has significant decay, a root canal may be needed. The tooth is then reshaped to make room for the crown, and a temporary crown is placed. At the follow up visit, the permanent crown is affixed to the tooth and adjusted for a proper fit.
Crowns are also used in conjunction with dental bridges. If you have one or more missing teeth, your ability to eat and chew as well as talk can be negatively impacted. Bridges are common solution to replace missing teeth. The bridge is a false tooth, or pontic tooth, that is anchored in place by the teeth on either side of the missing tooth that are called abutment teeth. These teeth are prepared for the bridge using crowns.
The advantage of dental bridges include:
- Improving your smile
- Regaining ability to eat and chew freely
- Helps improve sagging facial structure due to missing teeth
- Prevents other teeth from shifting out of place
Dental bridges require 2 or 3 visits. On the first visit the abutment teeth are prepared for crowns and an impression of the teeth are made to be used as a model for the bridge. While the bridge, pontic and permanent crowns are made in a lab, you will be sent home with a temporary bridge to protect exposed teeth and gums. At the next visit, the permanent crowns and bridge are affixed and adjusted for a proper fit.
Once you get used to your dental bridge, they will feel natural and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing along with routine dental checkups will help your bridge function properly and last for years to come.