A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering for an existing tooth, to give it back its normal shape and size. Crowns can make your teeth stronger and make them more attractive. We can use them in cosmetic dentistry to create a smile of your dreams. Dentists and dental laboratories make the most crowns today with tooth-colored porcelain that matches the existing tooth color, or if the patient wants to change the tooth color (usually to a lighter shade), the dentist can accomplish it with a lighter porcelain shade.
A crown can help strenghten a tooth that has a large or old filling in it and there is not enough tooth structure left to hold the filling in place.
Our dentists use crowns to attach dental bridges, protect weak or cracked teeth from splitting or restore a tooth that is already broken. Crowns are a great way to cover discolored, stained or oddly shaped teeth. If you choose dental implants, they are complete when strong and attractive crowns sit securely on top of them. Our goal is to help you keep your own natural teeth healty, functional and attractive for a lifetime.
Dental bridges are used to fill, or "bridge", the gaps caused by missing teeth. They are made up of two or more crowns for the teeth (or implants) on either side of the gap (your anchor or abutment teeth), and a false tooth in between to fill the gap. Bridges are an excellent option for restoring your smile as well as the ability to eat, drink, and speak properly.
The process often involves two visits. On the first, your anchor teeth are prepared by contouring them so the crowns can fit over them. Then impressions will be made to serve as a model for the bridge. Your dentist should give you a temporary bridge to protect the exposed gum and contoured teeth.
On your second visit, your dentist will insert the dental bridge and adjust it to fit. Depending on the situation, some patients may need a series of follow-up visits to ensure the bridge is functioning properly.
With proper care and treatment, your bridge should last for 10 years or more. It's important to practice good oral hygiene—such as brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular checkups—too keep your real teeth healthy so they can support the bridge.
Please contact your nearest Stonecreek Dental Care office today to find out if dental crowns or bridges are the right choice for you.
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