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. Ross 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. Ross will consider your individual circumstances to determine which material works best for you.
When Are Crowns Necessary?
Depending on the damage of your tooth, you might only need a small filling or other repair, and you can avoid getting a crown. However, sometimes the extent of the damage is enough that a full crown is the easiest and best solution for you. Below are some common reasons a crown might be 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.
If you are wondering what kind of tooth repair you need, come in for an exam with Dr. Ross, and he can recommend the best option for your individual needs!
What Is a Bridge?
A bridge is simply a false tooth, or a “pontic,” that is anchored in place by being fused to one or two crowns placed on the adjacent teeth. If a tooth is completely missing, 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?
Dr. Ross will evaluate your personal needs to ultimately see if a bridge is the right treatment for you. The most common reasons for getting a bridge are the following:
- 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.
If you have any gaps in your smile, a bridge may be the solution you’re looking for! Come in for a consultation today, and let Dr. Ross teach you about our tooth reparation options, including bridges.
Grand Avenue Dental Care Can Help Repair Your Damaged Smile!
To find out more about our dental bridges and crowns, call our office today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful, bright smile!