What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

There are many risk factors that can lead to tooth loss, such as injury, disease or decay. Though, with proper dental treatment, your confidence and smile don’t have to suffer as much. As a matter of fact, with proper dental treatment your smile may appear to look better as a result.

What are crowns and bridges?

Both dental crowns and bridges are known as fixed prosthetic appliances. They are placed by cementing them to the affected tooth, or in some cases, to a dental implant. Unlike removable dental appliances like dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dental professional.

How do crowns and bridges work?

Dental crowns are used to cover the entire affected tooth. They can strengthen a damaged tooth, while also improving the alignment, appearance and shape. Crowns can also be placed on top of a dental implant, as to replacing a missing tooth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be customized to match the color of your natural teeth. There’s also the option of using other materials, such as gold and metal alloys, and acrylic and ceramic. Though porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often the best choice for both appearance and durability.

As for dental bridges, these are recommended if you have one or more missing teeth. They essentially create a bridge to fill the gap where teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to either your natural tooth or a dental implant surrounding your missing teeth. As with crowns, the material used to fabricate dental bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. Your dentist can help you decide which option best fits your individual needs.

Benefits of dental crowns and bridges

There are several benefits when it comes to replacing missing teeth with dental crowns and bridges. They can be used to improve the appearance, shape, alignment and bite. Empty spaces caused by missing teeth can result in your teeth shifting, which can cause a bad bite. Crowns and bridges will help prevent this from occurring.

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with a crown and bridge, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for additional information.