Common Questions About Dental Crowns & Bridges
Why Are Crowns & Bridges Needed?
When a tooth has sustained significant damage due to decay or trauma, a filling will not be enough to sufficiently restore function. In such cases, a dental crown is the most suitable option. A crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, fits over the entire tooth. It’s a full coverage restoration, which provides protection and greater stability needed for chewing. It also improves the patient’s appearance by restoring their smile to what it once was.
There are many uses for crowns in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They are used to restore a root canal tooth and as an integral part of dental implants. There are a number of materials to choose from when selecting a crown. Some of the most common and long-lasting include gold and other metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, and all-porcelain. Dr. Anderson believes in creating the most natural-looking smile possible for his patients. The type of crown most suitable depends on the unique circumstances of that particular patient.
During the initial visit, Dr. Anderson makes an impression of the tooth. This impression is used to create a temporary crown, which will be worn for two weeks while the permanent crown is being made. Once Dr. Anderson conservatively removes the damage and decay of the tooth while the area is numbed, another impression is made of the tooth and its surrounding area. The temporary is cemented into place until the patient is ready to return to have final custom-made crown seated. It will look and feel like the natural tooth it replaced. The patient can speak, smile, laugh, and eat without worry.
Crowns are also used as part of a dental bridge, which restores function when a tooth is missing. The bridge consists of two crowns, which are placed on the teeth located on each side of the gap. An artificial, natural-looking tooth called a pontic fills the gap, thereby, restoring normal appearance and chewing function.
Since each situation is unique, a consultation with Dr. Anderson is the best option in determining which type of crown will bring out your most beautiful smile.