If your tooth has a large filling, is root-treated, or otherwise damaged, a crown can protect it from further harm. A bridge can be used when you have one or more missing teeth in a row and want to keep your other teeth from moving into empty spaces.
At Koski DePaul Dental Group, crowns and bridges are custom-made in a dental lab and placed over your existing tooth structure. Our dentist will use a temporary restoration while your permanent crown or bridge is being made. Once your final restoration is ready, our dentist will secure it using a strong adhesive that bonds it to your natural tooth enamel.
A crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance and improve the patient’s bite and chewing ability. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials, depending on a patient’s needs and preferences.
A dental bridge is a restoration that fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is created by placing dental crowns on teeth on each side of the space and connecting them with an artificial tooth or teeth in the middle. The crowns will be sized and shaped to look just like your natural teeth. Dental bridges are excellent for restoring your smile if your teeth are healthy enough to support the restorations. They are also a perfect choice for patients suffering from periodontal issues because their high success rate means they can usually be placed without surgery.
The Benefits of Bridges and Crowns
Unlike traditional removable dentures, bridges are attached to existing teeth and cannot be removed by the user. Bridges can replace one or more missing teeth and are made of porcelain or ceramic. The material used to create the bridge will be matched to the color of your existing teeth for a seamless solution. Porcelain is resistant to stains and will not decay over time.
A dental crown is a type of restoration placed over a tooth to cover and restore the tooth’s function. While crowns are most often used for restorative purposes, they can also improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth that is discolored, misshapen, or too small. A crown can also strengthen a weak tooth weakened by large fillings or other restorations. Crowns can be made of various materials, including metal, porcelain, resin, and more. They are typically cemented into place.
Both bridges and crowns restore the look and function of your mouth after tooth loss or repair. To learn more about options for replacing missing teeth, contact Koski DePaul Dental Group.