Dental Crowns & Bridges – Restore Your Smile!
If you have a tooth that is chipped or weak, a crown can be used to fully cover a tooth. A crown acts as a cap that not only protects your tooth from further damage; it also improves the look of the tooth as well!
A crown is cemented onto an existing tooth that fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they visually represent a natural, tooth-colored look.
Your Great Hill dentist would recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Cover/strengthen a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient remaining tooth strength to hold a filling.
Your crown is created just for you, custom fit to the size you need so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is in place.
Dental bridges “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth.
Illustration of a Fixed partial denture bridge
A bridge is two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — the anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, and/or porcelain materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
For more information about Dental Crowns and Bridges and whether they are the right restorative solution for you, call us today (or use our handy form below). We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.