Crowns and Bridgework
Updated: May 20
It can be difficult to feel confident when your smile is damaged. Worn, damaged, or missing teeth can lead to self-consciousness. Luckily, modern dentistry offers solutions with Crowns and Bridgework. When a tooth has been significantly damaged by decay or injury, but is still worth saving, a Crown can be the best option. Crowns fortify and restore damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally and look completely natural. So, what are the steps involved in getting a Crown?
First, your dentist will numb the area to make you comfortable. Then, your tooth will be shaped to fit inside the new covering. After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression. Next, the Crown will be created in a dental laboratory by skilled technicians who use porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. This process may take a few weeks, so your dentist will attach a temporary Crown to your tooth to protect it until the permanent Crown is ready.
At your next visit, your dentist will cement or bond the permanent Crown to your tooth.
When a tooth is beyond repair or missing, you have two excellent options: a Dental Implant or a Crown. A three-unit fixed bridge is another option, using the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support another Crown bridging the space. Longer bridges can be created for multiple missing teeth. Your dentist can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of bridges. Your Crown or Bridge work should feel comfortable and blend with your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily to reduce dental plaque buildup and keep your smile looking great for years to come.
If a tooth is beyond repair or missing, there are two excellent options: a dental implant or a crown. Dental implants are considered by most professionals to be the best solution as they provide a long-term, durable solution that looks and functions like a natural tooth. An implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. Once the implant has fused with the bone, a crown is attached to it to complete the restoration.
If a dental implant is not a suitable option for you, a three-unit fixed bridge using the natural teeth on either side of the gap can be a good alternative. The natural teeth are crowned, and then used to support another crown bridging the space, similar to a bridge spanning a river. Longer bridges can be created to span larger gaps for multiple missing teeth. There are other types of bridges as well, and it's important to discuss with your dentist which option is best for your situation.
Your crown or bridgework should feel comfortable and blend with your natural teeth. Restored teeth require the same conscientious care as the rest of your teeth, so be sure to brush and floss every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. This will help keep your smile looking great for years to come.
To find out if crowns or bridgework can restore your smile, make an appointment with your dentist today to learn more about your options and to determine the best treatment plan for you. With modern dentistry, you can regain your confidence and enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile once again.