Dental Crowns and Bridges: What Every Patient Should Know

Dentists use dental crowns to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and overall strength. The crown fully covers any visual portion of a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are permanently bonded in place and can only be removed by a dental professional.

Properly cared for crowns can last up to 15 years or more. Natural, tooth-colored crowns are available to match just about any shade imaginable. They provide a natural look without seeing metal from the outside.

WHEN IS A DENTAL CROWN NEEDED?

What may prompt you to need a crown? There are many reasons why a crown may be recommended by your dentist. Perhaps he or she needs to restore or protect a tooth that is broken, worn or severely decayed. Crowns are also used to support teeth that have large fillings or perhaps even a root canal. Cosmetic uses include improving the look of a tooth or smile that is severely discolored or misshapen.

Your dentist will work closely with you to recommend the type of crown that best fits your needs. The decision will be based on the structure of the tooth to be restored, the placement in the mouth, etc. There are many types of crowns available to your dentist, so you can relax knowing you’ll have the perfect fit for your situation. Be sure to ask about “same day” crowns before starting any course of treatment. This feature saves you time and allows you to walk out with your new crown without the need for a return visit.

BRIDGES…A GREAT OPTION TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH

Dental bridges are used to connect, or fill gaps left by a missing tooth or teeth. The teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth is prepared for crowns.  These crowns bridge the gap left by the missing tooth. While bridges are a substitute for dental implants, nothing beats an implant as a replacement for missing teeth.

If you have questions about crowns or bridges, please contact our family dental office in Meridian at 208-888-4481.