Dental crowns and bridges are two different types of restorations designed to look and function like your natural teeth. At University Dental Arts in Denver, Colorado, David Redford, DMD, uses high-quality materials and advanced technology to design and place your dental crown or bridge. If you’re missing a tooth and need a bridge or have a broken or weak tooth and need a crown, call University Dental Arts or book an appointment online today.
Dental crowns are protective coverings fitted over dental implants or individual teeth once Dr. Redford reduces their size to perform requisite treatments. He designs your dental crown to look identical or very similar to the original so that your smile looks attractive and natural.
To prepare a tooth for a crown, Dr. Redford removes some of the hard outer layer called enamel. This ensures that covering the tooth with a crown won’t make it look bulky or out of place.
After Dr. Redford removes the enamel, he uses digital imaging to design a crown that perfectly fits the tooth. If your crown is going over an implant, he makes sure it attaches securely to the abutment piece. Once your crown is ready, he bonds it to the tooth or abutment, where it stays until you need a replacement.
Crowns can be made from several different materials, including porcelain, zirconium, and gold. Dr. Redford helps you weigh the pros and cons of each material with the location of the crowned tooth in your mouth. For example, you might prefer a porcelain crown to cover a tooth near the front of your mouth since it looks similar to your natural enamel.
Dental bridges are prosthetic devices that rely on crowns for support. They include two crowns that fit over prepared teeth or implants and one or more false teeth, called pontics, in the middle. The pontics fill a gap from one or more missing teeth.
If you don’t replace a missing tooth with a bridge or an alternative tooth replacement option, like a dental implant, the teeth beside the gap can shift in an attempt to fill the vacant space.
This gap can result in an imbalance in your bite and lead to problems like temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Just like regular crowns, you have options for the material used in your bridge.
Dr. Redford recommends crowns in many cases of broken, weak, or compromised teeth. Crowns reinforce their strength or structure and can prevent further breakage or complications. You might need a crown after:
You might also get a crown for cosmetic purposes if you have a misshapen or discolored tooth.
Dental bridges are an option for you if you’re missing one tooth or several as long as they’re in a row. Another option to replace a missing tooth is an implant with a dental crown. This is sometimes a preferred solution if you lose a tooth to decay, infection, or a traumatic injury.
To discuss your options for dental crowns and bridges with Dr. Redford, call University Dental Arts, or book an appointment online today.