Crowns and bridges replace missing teeth and can restore your smile. These restorative procedures create a healthy, functional and beautiful smile.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is a lab-fabricated tooth that fully covers a damaged natural tooth. This procedure is done when the structure of a natural tooth has been weakened as a result of decay, genetics or trauma. The crown is cemented into place, covering the tooth to restore its shape, health, and appearance.
What is a porcelain crown?
There are two types of porcelain crowns: a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and an all-porcelain crown. Porcelain is an ideal material to use to restore a damaged natural tooth because it is attractive, strong, stable, and highly resistant to wear. In addition, porcelain does not contain metal and is highly compatible with the human body. Both types of crowns provide the strength and stability needed to restore a natural tooth’s strength and stability.
Dr. Berger uses all-porcelain crowns to provide the best natural color match to the rest of your teeth. They are an ideal choice for the front teeth. Sometimes, Dr. Berger will choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown because it offers the benefits of a natural surface color that blends in with the rest of your teeth, and it provides the stability of metal support. They are a great choice for the front and back teeth as well as for a long bridge where the metal can provide added strength.
Why do I need dental crowns?
Dental crowns are one of the most common dental services provided and have been done for many years. They save your natural tooth and greatly decrease the number of extractions. If you have a tooth that is badly damaged or whose structure has been compromised from damage, trauma, or decay, a crown is a great option to preserve the tooth.
Crowns are used for:
- Badly decayed tooth
- To restore functionality of a tooth after a root canal
- Stop a tooth from further cracking
- Replace a large filling
- To serve as an anchor for a dental bridge
A dental bridge (fixed or partial denture) is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are composed of two dental crowns that are fused to a replacement tooth. The dental crowns are placed onto the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. When placed, you will be able to eat, speak, and chew normally with your dental bridge.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
If you are missing teeth, your oral health will suffer. The remaining teeth in your mouth will eventually move, which will negatively affect your bite and alignment. You are also at a higher risk of developing diseases where the missing tooth used to be, and the jawbone beneath will begin to deteriorate.
If you have missing or damaged teeth and want to learn more about bridges and crowns, contact Berger Family Dental at 614-866-3368 and schedule an appointment today to restore your smile.