Dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that are fixed and placed onto implants or existing teeth using cement. Crowns are typically used to completely cover an implant or a damaged tooth. The main use of bridges is for covering a space caused by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are fixed to natural teeth or dental implants next to the area left by the missing tooth.
Besides strengthening damaged teeth, crowns and bridges can be employed to enhance the appearance of a tooth, its shape, bite or alignment. The presence of gaps formed by missing teeth can lead to neighboring teeth shifting into this space, which further leads to the development of a bad bite. Getting crowns and bridges can help stop this from occurring.
Dental crowns are sometimes placed over an existing implant when you need a replacement tooth for function and appearance. Some patients get porcelain or ceramic crowns that closely match the color of their natural teeth. Some other materials that are often used in crowns are metal alloys, gold, ceramic and acrylic. Metal alloys typically offer superior strength to porcelain but are usually only advised for back teeth, as porcelain is more appropriate for front teeth due to its attractive appearance.
We may recommend that you get a dental crown when you need to keep a weakened tooth from fracturing or for the restoration of an already fractured tooth. You may also need a crown to cover a dental implant or to attach a bridge. Other common reasons for getting a crown include replacing large fillings when there is not sufficient tooth surface remaining or to cover poorly shaped or discolored teeth.
Dental bridges are typically for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. They are called bridges because they take up the space left by missing teeth. Your dental bridge would be cemented to dental implants or original teeth on one side of the empty space. Like crowns, bridges have a wide choice of materials available. Ceramic and porcelain bridges are helpful when you want to match the color of your natural teeth.
Please contact the office of Image Dental & Orthodontics if you would like to request additional information about dental crowns and bridges or wish to go ahead and schedule an appointment for yourself.