A dental crown covers your existing weakened tooth to protect it from day-to-day wear. Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth by “bridging” the space with a replacement tooth connected to existing teeth.
When Would I Need a Dental Crown?
If you have a broken or cracked tooth, or a large area of decay, you might need a dental crown. Anytime a tooth suffers damage, it needs to be protected. Dental crowns protect your tooth structure with a porcelain cover – like a football helmet for your tooth. Root canal procedures relieve pain and infection but weaken the tooth structure. A crown is usually the next step in treatment following a root canal to keep the tooth strong for years to come.
Unlike a dental implant, a portion of your natural tooth must be available before a crown can be fitted. Crowns preserve enough natural tooth, so you still feel chewing and normal function. With good hygiene and routine dental visits, crowns often last for many years.
When Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge replaces your missing teeth by spanning the space between. Bridges are still one of the most conservative and cost-effective methods to replace missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the space are prepped for crowns, and replacement teeth are fitted in between. A bridge restores your missing space as well as your ability to chew food, and a bridge stays in the mouth versus replacements that come in and out.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges protect fragile teeth and improve the bite when chewing. They also help keep the remaining natural teeth straight. Your gums and jaw will benefit from having these restorations in place of missing teeth.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, please do not hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment.