Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are two of the most popular restorative dental treatments performed in our office at Chariton Dental. Their main goal is to restore full chewing function to a tooth or teeth. Crowns and bridges are distinct in many ways, and because bridges require crowns, we’ll start by describing a single crown.
A crown, often known as a cap, is a dental treatment that replaces the outer layer of enamel with a new material that covers the entire tooth. A crown is shaped and sized like a natural tooth, and it comes into regular contact with the opposing tooth, allowing proper occlusion and food to be chewed properly. When it comes to function, a crown should feel similar to a natural tooth. Depending on the crown material, it can even appear to be a completely natural tooth.
Crowns can be made from various materials, including plastic, metals, porcelain, or a mix of these materials. The most common material used is porcelain due to its strength, pearly white sheen, and durability.
When would I need a crown?
- Dr. Tanner suggests dental crowns to patients who have had a tooth or multiple teeth suffer from severe decay that has damaged most of the tooth’s enamel. Only after professionally getting a cavity diagnosed and removed will a crown be recommended and placed. Another common way dental crowns get used for a complete tooth restoration procedure is through a dental implant.
- Dental implants consist of a titanium screw placed into the jawbone underneath the gums; this screw will act as the new “root” of the tooth. Once healed, a customized dental crown will then be permanently attached to the implant.
A bridge is a fixed partial denture anchored (glued) to the teeth that substitutes some (but not all) of the teeth and replaces missing teeth with an artificial tooth. When functioning teeth are on both sides of the missing tooth, a bridge replaces one or more missing teeth.
The bridge covers the adjacent teeth, known as retainers, in the same way, that a crown covers a single tooth. The bridge attaches the crowns to a pontic (artificial tooth replacement) in the space left by a missing tooth. A bridge consists of three parts in the event of a single lost tooth: one for each adjacent retainer teeth and one for the pontic.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
- A bridge is the quickest way to replace teeth that is non-surgical and non-invasive.
- There are only two visits required to obtain a bridge. The two adjacent teeth are prepped during the initial appointment in the same way that crowns would be. While a dental lab creates the bridge, you can wear a temporary bridge or merely two separate temporary crowns. The final bridge is fitted and fastened to the teeth during the second visit.
- You have an option to have either a fixed or removable dental bridge depending on your specific circumstances.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you miss one or even multiple teeth, you could be a candidate for a dental bridge. We encourage you to set up an appointment with Dr. Tanner to discuss your new smile wants. Together you will decide on the best treatment plan for you.
Give us a Call
If you are due for a regular cleaning and professional examination appointment, please don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment. The earlier issues are diagnosed, the sooner a treatment plan can be put into action. We are located right here in Chariton, Iowa, and are currently taking new patients. Please call us today for more information!