The Truth About Crowns and Bridges
Crowns or bridges offer an ideal solution when a tooth is damaged or missing. These permanent prosthetic devices not only provide cosmetic benefits; they also preserve your ability to bite and chew normally. George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., your dentist in Danbury, explains how these devices can help you.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns fit over a tooth, strengthening it or changing its appearance. Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of at least three connected crowns. Two of the crowns fit over teeth on either side of the missing tooth and anchor a third crown, called a pontic, in place. Crowns and bridges are made of durable materials that can handle the wear and tear involved in chewing and biting, such as porcelain, resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and gold.
Why do I need a crown?
Bridges aren't the only option if you're interested in replacing a missing tooth. A crown can also be used to replace a tooth if it's attached to a dental implant. Other possible reasons that you might need a crown include:
- To protect a damaged or cracked tooth from breaking
- To repair a broken tooth
- To cover teeth that are discolored, too short or misshapen
- To strengthen a tooth weakened by a large filling
How do I receive a bridge or crown?
The preparation process is similar for both bridges and crowns. Your dentist will make an impression of the tooth or teeth that will be covered by a crown or bridge and file them slightly to accommodate the thickness of the crown or bridge. He'll also create a temporary crown or crowns in his office, which you'll wear until your crown or bridge is ready. Because it will take a little time for your permanent crown or bridge to be created in a dental laboratory, you'll wear the temporary crowns for a week or two.
When your dentist receives the crown or bridge, you'll return to his office. He'll check the fit of the bridge or crown and make any adjustments before cementing it on to your tooth or teeth.
Think a bridge or crown is the right choice for you? Call George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., your dentist in Danbury, at (203) 743-7608 and schedule an appointment. Why not improve your smile with one of these cosmetic options?