Dental Crowns and Bridges
If you have teeth that are damaged or missing, you are probably going to need some type of dental work such as a dental crown or bridge.
Unlike dentures, which are removable, these permanent restorative treatments are cemented into place. They look very much like your natural teeth and will give you back the function you have lost from having damaged or missing teeth.
You may need a dental crown or bridge for a variety of reasons, including strengthening a damaged tooth or replacing a missing tooth. It is important to repair a damaged tooth so you can avoid losing it, and it is critical to fill the space left behind by a missing tooth before surrounding teeth are negatively impacted.
Talk to Dr. John S. Kittrell about dental crowns and bridges and how they can be used to repair damaged or missing teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist might recommend a bridge. A bridge will fill in the space left behind when a tooth is lost.
The problem with not filling in a space left by missing teeth is that this gap can cause your remaining teeth to shift. This will have a negative effect on your bite and can eventually lead to more tooth loss. A bridge will permanently fill that space because it is cemented to your natural teeth or to dental crowns that have been placed over your natural teeth.
The bridge will look very much like your own teeth, and it will ensure you have normal chewing function again.
What Is a Dental Crown?
If you have a tooth that is damaged, a dental crown will improve both its strength and appearance.
Also called a “cap,” a dental crown is a natural-looking restoration that is permanently placed over a damaged tooth. Frequently used to repair teeth that have cavities so large that little of the tooth structure is left, a crown will save your natural tooth and strengthen the tooth structure. Crowns are also used for teeth that might be severely worn, misshapen, or discolored—or to hold a dental bridge in place.
What Are the Steps Involved with Getting a Dental Crown?
If it is determined you need a dental crown, the first step is to prepare the natural tooth for crown placement. Your dentist might also take an x-ray to ensure the tooth root and jawbone are healthy enough for a crown; if not, you might need a root canal first.
The tooth is prepared to receive the crown by shaping it along the sides and top so there is room. An impression is taken of the shaped structure so a custom-fitting crown can be made. A temporary crown is placed first, and it will be replaced by the permanent crown in a couple of weeks when it is ready.
The final crown will look completely natural and blend in with your other teeth to be virtually undetectable.
Contact Us for a Customized Restorative Treatment Plan
Don’t risk letting damaged or missing teeth have a negative impact on your remaining teeth. If you need a dental crown or bridge, contact Dr. John S. Kittrell to discuss restorative treatment.