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Leaving missing or damaged teeth untreated can take a toll on your smile in the long run. While some consequences may seem insignificant, others, like sagging facial skin or bone atrophy, may drive you to take the first steps in correcting the problem. Luckily, crowns and bridges can help you restore your smile and fill in your gaps. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. George Landress at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges, while different restorations, are similar in their materials, design and placement. A dental crown fits over the top of a single tooth to protect it. A bridge fits over two healthy teeth to bridge a gap left behind by a missing tooth. A dental laboratory creates crowns and bridges from porcelain, which has similar qualities as your natural teeth, ensuring a natural look. Once in place, your crown or bridge will look and function like a natural tooth.
How can crowns and bridges work together to restore my smile?
While a dental crown functions on its own, a permanent bridge requires the help of a dental crown on either side to hold it securely and permanently in place. A bridge fills in a gap while a crown can restore a broken, damaged, or misshapen tooth to prevent further damage or improve its appearance. Used in conjunction with one another, crowns and bridges have the potential to change the look of your smile for the better while also improving its functionality.
Crowns and Bridges in Danbury, CT
Since both restorations use dental crowns, your dentist places both crowns and bridges into your mouth using generally the same method. The tooth to receive the crown first requires some preparation. Your dentist removes enamel from the sides and top of the tooth to make room for the crown then carefully shapes the tooth to fit inside the crown. After preparation, your dentist permanently attaches the crown to the tooth.
For more information on crowns and bridges in Danbury, CT, please contact Dr. Landress at Danbury Smiles. Call (203) 743-7608 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Landress today!
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?