Crowns & Bridges
Whether you have a damaged tooth, a missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth, prosthetic dental devices called crowns and bridges can help cover the damage and fill-in the missing gaps in your smile. These devices are permanently affixed to your mouth and teeth by a dentist, and they aren’t removable like dentures.
Before a patient has a crown or bridge fitted, the tooth or teeth that the devices will cover are first reduced in size for the crown or bridge to fit over them. After the reduction occurs, an impression is made to create an exact mold for the size of the crown or bridge, and then a temporary device is installed over the teeth. Once the permanent device is ready, the temporary device is removed, and the dentist places the crown or bridge on the teeth.
What Is a Crown?
Crowns are used to strengthen weakened and damaged teeth and to improve the appearance of teeth that have been chipped or misaligned. These devices fit directly on top of teeth and are designed to look and feel like real teeth. They’re often made using porcelain or ceramic, and they’re typically the same color as your other teeth.
Crowns are used in a variety of applications, including:
- Replacing a filling in the event of extreme tooth decay
- Protecting a weak tooth that’s in danger of breaking or chipping
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Covering the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
What Is a Bridge?
Unlike crowns which fit on existing teeth, bridges are used to completely replace one or more missing teeth. It’s important for people with missing teeth to be fitted with bridges as soon as possible, as teeth can rotate and shift into empty spaces that were once filled by their lost teeth. In turn, the rotating and shifting can lead to conditions like periodontal disease and temporomandibular joint disorders.
Bridges are held in place via bond with existing teeth or implants. Patients have options to choose from when they’re deciding on the type of bridges they want. Common materials include porcelain and ceramic, both of which can be colored to match the rest of your teeth.
Both crowns and bridges are designed to last a lifetime with proper installation, care, and maintenance, However, poor hygiene, disease, or trauma can cause them to become loose or fall out.
101st Adult Dentistry is Clarksville’s Choice for Crowns and Bridges
If part of your smile is damaged or missing, it’s important that you get it treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Waiting too long can increase your risk of suffering serious complications, including gum disease and tooth shifting.
The Clarksville dental professionals at 101st Adult Dentistry have helped many patients with their crown and bridge needs, and we have the skills and experience to make sure your procedure is quick, efficient, and painless. Get in touch with our team today. Call (931) 906-8800.