Dental crowns and bridges are mainstays of dental treatment. When teeth are lost or become unstable due to fractures or decay, these treatments replace missing teeth and restore patients’ smile and confidence. Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics, meaning that they are cemented into place by the dentist. Because of this, they are stronger and feel more natural than dentures.
There are a number of situations where a crown is likely the best solution for a dental issue:
- A tooth has become weakened and is in danger of fracturing
- A tooth has already fractured
- A tooth with a large filling doesn’t have enough remaining structure to drill and refill it
- To cover a tooth treated by root canal
- To cover teeth used as anchors for a bridge
A bridge is frequently a good solution when one or more teeth are missing or extracted. In this case, the teeth on either side of the missing dentition are prepared as they would be for a crown. These teeth, called abutments, anchor the tooth or teeth in between.
Both crowns and bridges are generally made of porcelain and/or ceramic, and are fitted by your dentist so that they don’t disturb your natural bite and are color matched to look like your natural teeth. Although no prosthetic is as strong as your natural teeth, both crowns and bridges can last a lifetime if properly cared for. If you think one of these devices is right for you, call us for an appointment to examine your teeth and discuss your treatment options.