Sometimes a tooth can become so badly damaged that the entire visible structure needs to be replaced. When this happens, a dental crown can restore that tooth. Using a dental bridge, we can even replace teeth that are missing or require extraction.
What is a Crown?
Crowns are used when the root structure of a tooth is still strong beneath the gums, but the surface of the tooth is too severely damaged to be fixed with other dental techniques. In these situations, Dr. Tanner will cement a crown (sometimes called a cap) over the old tooth. A crown is sized and shaped exactly like the original healthy tooth and entirely covers what is left of the remaining tooth structure. Crowns can be made of a number of materials. When you require a restoration, Dr. Tanner will consider your individual circumstances to determine which material works best for you.
When Are Crowns Necessary?
- If the tooth is damaged but the root of the tooth is still intact, a crown can be used to restore the tooth.
- If the tooth is too decayed to hold a filling, we can preserve the remaining tooth structure by placing a dental crown.
- If only a portion of the tooth requires tooth extraction, a crown may still save the portion of the tooth that lies beneath the gumline.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is simply a false tooth (pontic) that is anchored in place by being fused to one or two crowns placed on the adjacent teeth. If a tooth is missing (not simply damaged), a pair of crowns placed on adjacent teeth can be used as anchors for a false tooth to fill in, or bridge, the gap.
When Are Bridges Necessary?
- If a patient is missing one tooth, a dental bridge can restore that patient’s smile.
- If a patient who is missing teeth is not eligible for dental implants, a dental bridge may be the best option.
To find out more about our dental bridges and crowns, call us at our office today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful, bright smile.